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Co-op housing prominent at CMHC National Housing Conference

Published January 11, 2019

Four people speak on a panel, beside a sign that reads "National Housing Conference"As governments and other stakeholders work together to turn the National Housing Strategy into results, the remarkable success of Canada’s co-op housing model is top of mind.

At the annual National Housing Conference hosted by CMHC in late November, there were a number of co-op specific sessions. One session called “The co-operative community housing model: Still strong after 50 years” was moderated by Blair Hamilton, CHF Canada’s Program Manager, Co-op Services, Prairie Region. It featured a panel of co-op housing representatives including CHF BC’s Executive Director Thom Armstrong and FECHIMM’s Director of Co-operative Support, Louis-Philippe Myre. You can watch the video of this session online, and there is also a French version.

Co-ops were also mentioned in another session called “Is it time for a disruptive homeownership model in Canada?” which also featured Blair Hamilton. Here are the English and French videos of that session.

This high profile for co-op housing is thanks to several factors, including decades of strong advocacy efforts by co-op housing federations and by many outspoken co-op champions.

It’s also the result of the impressive track record of co-op housing in Canada and around the world that was the subject of a recent study, “New Models for Co-operative Housing” a synthesis report prepared for CMHC by R.A. Malatest & Associations Ltd. This report highlights several co-op housing development initiatives in other countries that could be used to help support more development in Canada.

All of this is good news as Canada’s co-op housing movement gets behind the Vision Framework of “Co-op Housing for All” adopted at CHF Canada’s 2018 AGM in Victoria, BC.

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