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Joint Statement from Executive Director of Co-op Housing Federation of Toronto and Managing Director of Co-op Housing Federation of Canada’s Ontario Region on Toronto Housing Summit

Toronto, Ontario, September 29, 2016 -The Co‑operative Housing Federations of Canada (CHF Canada) and Toronto (CHFT) welcome the news that the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos accepted Toronto Mayor John Tory’s invitation to the Toronto Housing Summit on Friday September 30, 2016. The meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the progress on a long-term funding solution for the most vulnerable housing co‑op households, a key issue for co‑ops in Toronto and across Canada.

Ontario’s housing co‑ops risk losing subsidies for vulnerable co‑op housing households as their co‑ops’ federal operating agreements expire. The 2016 federal budget provided much-appreciated two-year interim funding for most of these households; CHF Canada and CHFT are calling for a long-term funding solution for all housing co‑ops with expired or expiring federal agreements. We look forward to fruitful discussions at Friday’s Housing Summit.

CHF Canada Ontario Region is the voice of Ontario’s co‑operative housing movement. Its members include over 500 non-profit housing co‑operatives and other organizations across the province. More than 125,000 Ontarians live in housing co‑ops, in every region of the province.

Co‑operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) is a member-supported organization representing more than 45,000 people living in more than 160 non-profit housing co‑operatives located in Toronto and York Region.

For more information:

Tom Clement, Executive Director, Co‑operative Housing Federation of Toronto
416-801-4207 (cell)
tom@coophousing.com

Harvey Cooper, Managing Director, Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario Region
416-809-5048 (cell)
hcooper@chfcanada.coop