Logo - CHF Canada

Canada’s Housing Co-ops a proud part of International Year of Co-operatives in 2012

January 11, 2012 (Ottawa) – In advance of tomorrow’s launch events in 14 cities across Canada, the Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) announced today that Canada’s housing co‑ops will join other co‑ops across the country to celebrate the International Year of Co‑operatives (IYC).

CHF Canada, local co‑op housing federations and housing co‑op members will be part of tomorrow’s local launch events and a live national webcast at 12:30 pm EST organized by the Canadian Co‑operative Association and the Conseil canadien de la cooperation et de la mutualité (www.canada2012.coop). Similar events are planned in other countries.

In 2012, many CHF Canada member housing co‑ops will display banners advertising the 2012 slogan:

“Co‑operative Enterprises Build a Better World.”

“Thousands of housing co‑ops provide secure, safe, affordable housing to Canadians with a diverse range of backgrounds and incomes,” said CHF Canada President Wes Hosler. “This is indeed something to celebrate.”

Canada’s housing co‑ops serve a diverse, mixed-income membership, providing secure, not-for-profit affordable housing to nearly 250,000 Canadians.

The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Co‑operatives in recognition of the strength and social benefits of the co‑operative business model. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,

“Co‑operatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.”

There are nearly 1 billion co‑op members around the world, and the world’s top 300 co‑operative enterprises generate close to $1.1 trillion in annual revenue, only slightly smaller than Canada’s GDP. Canada’s co‑operative sector is very robust, with 9,000 co‑ops serving 18 million members.

CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co‑operative housing movement. Its members include over 900 non-profit housing co‑operatives and other organizations across Canada. More than a quarter of a million Canadians live in housing co‑ops, in every province and territory.

For more information:

Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director 1-800-465-2752 ext. 230, ngazzard@chfcanada.coop

Scott Jackson, Manager, National Communications 1-800-533-2667 ext. 122, 778-227-3864 (cell), sjackson@chfcanada.coop