Here are some news and updates from our colleagues at CHF Canada for winter 2022.
🙋🏽♂️ CHF Canada’s 2022 Annual Meeting is happening June 16-18, 2022, in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. The first in-person Annual Meeting in two years will be your chance to safely learn, network and contribute to the direction of Canada’s co-operative housing movement. Registration opens March 1st.
🌱 Applications for the 2022 Greener Co-op Microgrants will open on February 21, 2022. These small grants support co-op projects that help protect the environment.
🧓🏼 CHF Canada recently launched the Aging in Place Exchange Network. This is a new national online network that mobilizes a diverse range of co-op housing leaders with interest and expertise in aging in place including lived experiences.
🍿 Join co-ops from across the country virtually on Thursday, February 24 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. PDT for a screening of the new co-op housing documentary film ‘La Coop de ma mère’ (My Mom’s Co-op).
🌲 Last summer, CHF Canada launched Building Better Relationships: A Reconciliation Toolkit. The Toolkit, features printable pages suitable for posting in your co-op. It also includes a list of readings, resources and links to promote reconciliation through learning and relationship building.
📣 NDP MP Don Davies recently held a townhall on “Building the Co-op Housing Program of the 21st Century.” The panel included CHF Canada Director (and past CHF BC president) Cassia Kantrow, as well as other housing co-op members. You can view a recording of the event on Facebook.
🏡 The Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) recently released British Columbia’s first Provincial Urban Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy. CHF Canada will continue to advocate for a national strategy that was included in Minister Hussen’s mandate letter.
🚨 CHF Canada is calling on the Ontario government to fix the outdated funding formula that’s hurting thousands of families living in affordable housing. The formula means that without mortgage costs, a co-op may fall into a “negative operating subsidy” position. This will result in the loss of crucial government assistance that covers the cost of rental assistance and property tax.
For updates from CHF BC, please check out this recent post.