COVID-19 and New Brunswick housing co-ops
Published June 02, 2020
Updated December 2, 2020
By now, housing co-ops have made the shift to a “new normal” changing operational practices in order to keep members and employees safe. If you encounter new developments, CHF Canada co-op staff are here to help you with your questions about co-op operations that are impacted by COVID-19.
You can also check out our COVID-19 Meeting Resources page for tips and guides for holding electronic board meetings, town halls, and alternate ways to hold a members’ meeting or AGM.
Restoring Safe Services
New Brunswick is currently experiencing a rise in Covid-19 cases and have multiple alert levels in place depending on zone. This phased plan will allow health experts to monitor and evaluate the impact of the lifting of restrictions. People need to be aware that community health measures will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Highlights include:
- social distancing guidelines – keep a physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from other people
- wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places
- immediately self-isolate for 14 days if you enter or have returned to New Brunswick from outside the province.
- keep gatherings with physical distancing within the Alert Level gathering sizes
The Director of Cooperatives understands that due to the state of emergency in New Brunswick, AGMs that are required to be held under the Cooperatives Act cannot be held for at least the duration of the state of emergency. The Director of Cooperatives stresses that it is critical that we ensure compliance with the Emergency Measures Act and do all that we can to facilitate social distancing.
Cooperatives will be given an extension of 90 days after the state of emergency ends to hold annual general meetings and must then submit required filings to the Director within 30 days from the date the Annual General Meeting is held.
Even though board meetings will be smaller than members meetings, all Community Public Health Measures must be followed and adhered to.
CHF Canada recommends dealing with high priority agenda items and limiting meetings to no more than one hour in length. During the pandemic, it would be a good idea for the board to schedule short weekly or bi-weekly meetings to discuss urgent issues.
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