CHF Canada represents housing co-operatives across the country, home to a quarter of a million people in every province and territory. There is significant unmet demand for affordable and co-operative housing, and we want more people to experience the security, vibrancy and resiliency of co-operative living.
We work with federal, provincial and territorial governments to support existing co-ops, and to develop more co-op housing, so we can continue to lead the way in creating inclusive, accessible and sustainable communities. What Canadians really need is a place to call home that is affordable, sustainable and attainable.
Our movement is resourceful, passionate, and dedicated to a future with more co-operative housing in open, sustainable, and strong co-operatives. Check out our advocacy record here.
Issues and Campaigns
Protecting Co-op Housing
Rental supplement programs delivered through the co-op portfolio are quick and cost-efficient way to house low-income, and vulnerable people. Often with federal or provincial support, co-ops provide rental assistance on average 20 percent of their members. By maintaining these rental assistance programs, we can help ensure that 20,000 low income families living in co-ops across the country continue to have a safe and affordable place to call home.
Building more Co-op Housing
New affordable housing investments should be focused on developing mixed-income not-for-profit and co-op housing. The housing created under this co-op development fund will be affordable in perpetuity and will be a valuable resource for future generations.
Fix the Affordable Housing Shortage (Ontario)
Half of all renters in Ontario struggle to pay their rent, holding back the economy and social development. Co-ops can help.
Put Communities First (Ontario)
CHF Canada’s Ontario Region is working to ensure the long-term vision for housing in Ontario supports successful co-ops.