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.
Take the quiz to find out the difference between governance and management (2010).
Review this short tipsheet to help you remember the key pointers to good governance and principled leadership.
This Fact Sheet is a list of privacy and confidentiality do's and don'ts for directors. While it was written with Ontario laws in mind, it provides practical advise for any director to follow. If in doubt, please check your provincial privacy legislation. (2016)
Monthly Featured Resource
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)
We have updated You, your staff and the law to reflect current legislation. You will find separate ones for:
From a different province? This Employment Resources page has loads of other resources for you!
Valuing our members as customers! Ask your members what they think of the service they receive as customers of your co-op. Unless you know their opinion you won’t know what’s getting the “thumbs-up” from your members and what you might need to work on. The Member Satisfaction Survey is a simple online survey that you can use with your co-op, and CHF Canada will help you customize it and analyze the results.
Aging in place: Member storiesMay 2017
More and more co-op members are choosing to age in place. It can have substantial benefits for older members, their families and the wider co-op community. This resource shares four stories about aging in place in co-op communities across Canada.
Excellent ElectionsApril 2017
Time to gear up for elections in your co‑op? This short tip sheet will help get you started thinking about how to make your next election the best one yet. Looking for resources to browse? This column is just for you! The monthly Featured Resources are either newer resources or ones being featured because of their usefulness. Resources could be a poster or brochure to post in your co‑op, or a video or presentation to use in a Board or Members’ meeting.
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