Education and Resources
This by-law sets out the rights and responsibilities of occupying a housing co-op unit (2017). CHF Canada recommends that all Ontario housing co-ops update their Occupancy by-law first, followed by their Organizational by-law. Use this model and the Guide to take you through the steps.
Learn about good governance and principled leadership in your housing co-operative (2010).
Know what to look for to make sure your co‑op's board of directors is on track.
Watch this short video about how co‑op housing transforms neighbourhoods and improves people's lives (English with French subtitles).
This by-law sets out the rules about how an Ontario housing co‑op is organized and run. We recommend that all Ontario housing co-ops update their Organizational by-law after updating their Occupancy by-law. (2015)
Review this short tipsheet to help you remember the key pointers to good governance and principled leadership.
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This model policy is shared as a word document. It then becomes a working document for your co-op as you customize it to suit your co-op’s needs. The Greener Co-op Micro Grant Program is a great success! In 2016, seventeen co-ops received grants that went to projects like: lighting (solar, interior LED); gardens (fruit trees, rain barrels, pollinator and community gardens); dual flush toilets and e-bike charging stations.
Share this practical guide with your co op and to learn about the important first steps in engaging the future leaders of our sector (2013).
Spring will spring this month! As new things start to grow, this is a good time to take a look at how your co-op plans for its Board elections. Use this checklist to make sure your co-op encourages new growth in its leadership.
Use this short video at a members’ meeting to prompt a discussion about your co-op community.
It’s time to look back at CHF Canada’s 50 years, and look forward to the next 50! After watching the video, have members discuss their own co-op stories. Then, look to your own co-op’s future, and ask members to dream. What could your co-op look like? What would you change or build if you could? Would there be a different indoor or outdoor common space? Would you add units of a different size, either smaller or bigger than what you have now?
This presentation is a brief overview of co-op housing in Canada. Use this as a refresher for co-op members, or to collect your co-op’s own stories. Originally presented in Nova Scotia in 2017.
Use these handy tip sheets for a short refresher on the governance roles in your housing co-ops. It’s a quick and easy way to add a few minutes of education to the agenda of a board or members meeting. Use them as a poster, a handout, or a slide in a presentation. (English and French)
Tips & Tricks
An evolving collection of themed links from around the Web: Make the most of meetings!
Energize your monthly board meetings
Check out these creative strategies for making board meetings productive and fun!More
Prepare an effective agenda and use your board’s time wisely.More
What is active listening?
Improve your communication with others by using this secret: active listening!More
10 Tips for Being an Effective Board Member
Share this short reminder of what it means to be a good director.More
A Recipe for Good Board Meetings
Use these ingredients to cook up a delicious meeting.More
How to develop ground rules in a group
These tips will help members agree on some ground rules before starting their meetings.More