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Waterloo Federal Candidate Meet and Greet

Toronto, Ontario, September 30, 2015 -On Wednesday, September 30th, Waterloo federal election candidates are invited to meet some of the riding’s co‑op housing members at a Candidate Meet and Greet. Each candidate will be given their own 30 minutes to speak with members and take questions.

Top of mind for the riding’s 7 co‑ops and over 2,000 co‑op members is the end of federal operating agreements. Today, approximately 7,000 Ontario housing co‑op households depend on federal rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance to pay their rent. When the subsidies end, these vulnerable households could be uprooted from their good quality affordable co‑op homes, and the co‑ops will lose long-term members that contribute significantly to their vibrant, mixed-income communities. The federal government has made no commitment to continue the funding, while the NDP, Liberal and Green Parties have vowed to ensure rent supplements continue.

The federal funding necessary to maintain existing affordable co‑op homes is quite modest, estimated at $9.5 million over the next five years across Ontario.

When: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 7-9 p.m.


  • Bardish Chagger, Liberal Candidate
  • Diane Freeman, NDP Candidate
  • Peter Braid, Conservative Candidate

Where: Shamrock Co‑operative Homes
446 Kingscourt Dr, Waterloo, ON N2K 3R9


“Recognizing that keeping people in their communities by maintaining rent supplements is one of the most affordable and effective ways to fight the growth of poverty in Ontario, we are glad to see the opposition parties are committed to ensuring low-income households can remain in their homes.”

Harvey Cooper, Managing Director, Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada- Ontario Region

“Low-income people are facing losing their homes if they receive no government assistance. Seniors, families, and the disabled may find themselves without housing. They will be forced to go on the social housing waiting list, which means they will not be housed in this decade.”

Tom Clement, Executive Director, Co‑operative Housing Federation of Toronto

For more information:

Aaron Denhartog, Government Relations Program Manager, Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario Region
416-717-4330 (cell)

Information on the nation-wide You Hold the Key: Vote Co‑op Housing election campaign can be found at www.votecoophousing.ca.