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Diversity Scholarships

Diversity Scholarships

Why a Diversity Scholarship?

CHF Canada recognizes that the strength of its membership is in the many cultures and identities represented within Canada’s housing co‑ops. CHF Canada has joined with regional federations across the country to recognize and support young people living in housing co-ops who are actively involved and promoting diversity in their community. The goal of the Diversity Scholarship program is to financially support emerging leaders of the co‑op housing movement in their pursuit of post-secondary education. To date, more than $1.7 million has been awarded to over 400 recipients across the program.

A limited number of scholarships for leaders of any age who wish to undertake training to improve their skills to better serve their housing co-operative. Training in diversity, inclusion, reconciliation, unconscious bias, gender equality and language training are all examples of possible training options.

Who can apply?

Scholarships are available to members of CHF Canada member housing co-ops in Manitoba, theAtlantic provinces and Southwestern Ontario (from Woodstock west to Windsor).

Young members aged 35 and under will be prioritized in the selection process. For full eligibility requirements, see the online application form.

Diversity scholarships are also available through the following regional federations: CHFT, PHCHF, GHCHF, COCHF, CHASEO and CHF BC. Make sure you apply with your local co-op housing federation and that your co-op is a member.

Training scholarships are available to board and committee members of any age.

What programs of study are covered?

Scholarships will be awarded to recipients entering post-secondary education or to full-time students currently pursuing a degree.

Training scholarships will be awarded to board and committee members for short-term courses no longer than one year.

What information will I need to provide?

  • Name of program and educational institution you plan to attend
  • Cost of program (training scholarship only)
  • Proof of registration (if you are already in a college or university program)
  • Two most recent volunteer activities you participated in that helped to support your community or co-op
  • Two reference letters: 
    • If you are graduating from high school, one letter must be from a teacher, guidance counsellor or administrator from your school and on school letterhead. 
    • If you are part way through your college or university program, one letter should be from an instructor or professor on letterhead.
    • Both letters should illustrate your character, community contributions and the likelihood of your future academic success (in relation to the Academic Scholarships.)
    • If you are returning to school after an interruption or are applying for the Training scholarship, your letters could be from your co-op’s manager, or an employer. Up-to-date transcripts (Academic Scholarships Scholarship only.)
  • An optional reflection on ways in which housing co-ops and/or the co-op housing sector can become more diverse, inclusive and take steps toward great equity.

How do I apply?

Applications will open on January 30, 2023. Complete the online application and submit by April 30, 2023.


Cathy Volans
Co-ordinator, Co‑operative and Planning Services (Atlantic)
1 (866) 213-2667

Southwestern Ontario
Denise McGahan
Program Manager, Member Services
1 (800) 644-3949

Maria Vaiaso
Regional Manager, Praries


The scholarship program across all federations is made possible by donations from over 70 companies, organizations and individuals.

Thank you to the sponsors of our Diversity Scholarship program: the Agency for Co-operative Housing, Allegra Marketing, Assiniboine Credit Union, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Co-operators, the Community Housing Management Network, the Community Housing Transformation Centre, Dome Services Group, Encasa Financial, HUB International, Prentice Yates & ClarkVillage Canadien Co-operative, and Westboine Park Co-op.