Governing and managing a thriving housing co-op can be challenging and complicated. CHF BC is here to help.
For help for your co-op during this time of physical distancing requirements, please see our special COVID-19 Pandemic Advice pages
We offer a robust education program and extensive online resources for our members to use in their own time.
Access to our online resources is restricted to CHF BC members. You will need a member account to login to the members’ only pages — find out how here.Meeting Tools | Virtual Meetings | Model Rules 2.0 | Personal Information Resources | The Guide to the Co-op Act | Policies, Samples and Templates | 2020 Guides | Starting a Housing Co-op
We offer tools such as sample agendas, minute taking templates as well as an overview section that covers general information about meeting notice, quorum, ordinary and special resolutions etc.
Meetings are the foundation of your housing co-op’s democratic governance structure, which means that everyone should have an equal opportunity to productively take part. This, along with legal requirements set out in the Cooperative Association Act and your Rules, means that you will want to pay careful attention to how your meetings are organised and run.
CHF BC offers a range of services for a fee.
Looking for more flexible options for holding your co-op meetings? Need support or tools to have an effective online meeting? We can help with board meetings, general meetings, town halls and more.
We also have tips and recommendations about best practices and how to prepare for various kinds of meetings.
Our Model Rules are written with the best legal advice and offer a bold new standard in housing co-op governance.
These Rules are full of fresh ideas and best practices to address the current day needs of your business and community. With a simple step-by-step process and complete set of online tools and resources, you can make the process of updating your Rules and Occupancy Agreement as easy as it can be!
The Rules are fully compliant with the Cooperative Association Act and other acts of legislation.
Your housing co-op must comply with the provincial Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) which includes having a PIPA policy and a designated PIP Officer.
We are pleased to provide a dozen regularly-updated PIPA tools to help you ensure your housing co-op is in compliance. These include a PIPA checklist, a sample PIPA policy, PIP Officer job description, a new member application form and a complaints form.
Regularly reviewed and vetted to ensure current best practice, sample policies, procedures, job descriptions (for various committees and roles) and forms are available as templates to be adapted for use at your co-op. Guidance documents complete the full set of support materials.
With 55 individual templates and guidance documents within the areas of housing co-op board and governance, finance, maintenance, membership and community there is no need for you to reinvent the wheel.
Only for CHF BC members, you will need to be logged in to review the resources here.
There are two main kinds of housing co-ops in BC: equity co-ops and non-profit housing co-ops. Interested in starting one?
We often get questions about how to go about starting a co-op. It’s easy to set up an organization; it’s a lot harder to create actual housing. The vast majority of co-ops in BC are non-profit co-ops, and with few exceptions were developed as partnerships between senior levels of government (through funding programs) and grassroots organizations. The funding programs that ran from the mid-1970s to early-1990s are over, so developing co-op housing is a serious challenge without resources (land, money) of your own.