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.
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)
Know what to look for to make sure your co‑op's board of directors is on track.
Learn about good governance and principled leadership in your housing co-operative (2010).
Review this short tipsheet to help you remember the key pointers to good governance and principled leadership.
Watch this short video about how co‑op housing transforms neighbourhoods and improves people's lives (English with French subtitles).
Monthly Featured Resource
With cannabis now legal in Canada, many co-ops are wondering how this change should affect their policies.
The model smoke-free by-law allows your co-op to create a smoke-free environment that follows Ontario human rights legislation. You’ll also find a Guide to take your co-op through the process of adopting this by-law.
You may also want to check out this document from the Co-operators to learn how cannabis legalization affects your co-op’s Co-operators insurance coverage.
Look at the financial and ethical reasons why directors should never be in arrears.
Housing co-op boards should be committed to providing a high quality of service to their members. Use this member service charter to show members what the board means when it says it is committed to a high standard of member service.
Use this member service charter to show members what the board means when it says it is committed to a high standard of customer service. (2018)
Understand your housing co-op’s responsibilities when a member makes a request for accommodation under human rights legislation. (2018)
August Featured Resource: LGBT2SQ Inclusive Co-op CommunitiesUpdated May 2018
This brochure shares some tips on how you can help your co‑op become a more inclusive community. Learn what LGBT2SQ stands for and how to support equal rights for LGBT2SQ communities by becoming an ally to ensure your co‑op is a safe space for everyone.
Sustainable development is development – environmental, social or economic – that meets the needs of today while making sure that the needs of others are not compromised in the future. This resource explains how the United Nations’ seventeen sustainable development goals can be achieved by housing co-ops as they follow the International Co-operative Alliance’s Co-ops for 2030 campaign.
Pledge to make a change by reducing poverty or protecting the environment at your housing co-op. (2018)
Tips & Tricks
An evolving collection of themed links from around the Web. Our current theme: the United Nations Sustainability Goals!
We the People (2:58)
A brief video introducing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.More
UNSG Tips for Co-ops
Learn how housing co-ops can get involved in the 2030 campaign.More
Model environmental sustainability policy
Use this model policy to guide your co-op to environmental sustainability.More
Co-ops for 2030
Find out how to make a pledge for sustainability More
The Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals
See the complete list of sustainability goals as set out by the United Nations.More
Take Action on Sustainable Development!
Bring these helpful tips on to your next board meeting.More