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  23 January 2020   

FCHI-2 Rental Assistance update

The Federal Community Housing Initiative Phase 2 (FCHI-2), is a new rental assistance program set to begin April 1, 2020 for housing co-ops with federally administered agreements in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and PEI reaching the end of their operating agreements. Enrollment for this program begins six months before the end of a co-op’s … Continued

  20 January 2020   

Property Assessments (January 2020)

IMPORTANT: if you want to preserve your right to appeal your assessment, the deadline is January 31. If there is any chance you will want to dispute your assessment, you should contact BC Assessment before the end of the month. NOTE: AEC Property Tax Consultants is again offering CHF BC members a break (20%) on … Continued

  13 January 2020   

Planning Vancouver Together – Share Your Voice

The City of Vancouver has recently launched Planning Vancouver Together, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop a new, long-term and actionable Vancouver Plan! They have asked that we circulate the survey to all our members so that you can share your voice to help shape the future of your city. Over the next three years, the … Continued

  11 January 2020   

Community Housing Transformation Centre open for business

December 13 marked the launch of a new federal initiative for housing co-ops and other affordable housing groups. Two years in the making, the Community Housing Transformation Centre (the Centre) is now open for business.  Governed by eight community housing associations including CHF Canada and CHF BC, the Centre is funded by the federal government … Continued

  10 January 2020   

New Year, new Telecom?

If your co-op is a CHF BC member and you still haven’t signed up for the deep discounts available for you in CHF BC’s Co-op Telecom Program with TELUS, maybe it’s time! Join the 149 housing co-ops and over 3,265 households who are enjoying the savings on HDTV, High-Speed Internet and home phone services with individual … Continued

  12 December 2019   

Holiday wishes and office closure

A big thanks to CHF BC members for your continued loyalty in 2019.  We had another great year uniting, representing and serving housing co-ops in British Columbia, and pursuing our vision of growing a community of permanently affordable co-op housing.  Watch for more news and even more opportunities to benefit from our programs and services … Continued

  22 November 2019   

BC Registries online filing: Update

We reported earlier on the BC Registries modernization that requires all co-ops to make submissions online beginning November 4, 2019. We’ve just learned that all registered co-op offices were mailed a package the week of November 18 that provides more information and online filling pass codes for your co-op. If your co-op’s address may have changed … Continued

  22 November 2019   

Vibrant AGM at Housing Central Conference

CHF BC’s AGM on November 17, saw delegates and other members take part in the Housing Central Conference, the biggest affordable housing conference in the country. Delegates then came together at our AGM to network, be part of our business meeting and elect directors in an exciting election event. Seven candidates stood for five openings on … Continued

  7 November 2019   

Important update on CMHC subsidy extensions

This is an important update on CMHC’s new rental assistance program for housing co-ops – the  Federal Community Housing Initiative 2 (FCHI-2). Enrolment in the FCHI-2 began last month for federally administered co-ops.  The program will provide new rent assistance to low-income members beginning April 2020 and lasting until March 31, 2028. In earlier communication … Continued

  24 October 2019   

Thinking of running for the CHF BC Board or Finance Committee?

At our Annual General Meeting on November 17, we’ll be holding an election for five at-large director positions and one finance committee position. If you’ve been thinking about getting more involved with the federation, now is your chance! Read the Call for Candidates and download the Candidate’s Declaration Form and send it back to us completed to members@chf.bc.ca. Nomination deadline … Continued