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2015 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Awards Night


CHFT Diversity Scholarship Awards Night took place on June 16, 2015 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto.

This year 30 students were awarded scholarship. to view the list , please click on the link below:

List of 2015 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Recipients

Click her to view album of the awards night.





CHFT Annual General Meeting



View the photo album from the great Annual Meeting that was held on May 21, 2015





Donations in Memory of Mark Goldblatt



In February of 2015, the co-operative movement in Canada lost one of its leaders. People are being asked to make a donation in memory of Mark Goldblatt to The Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa. You can do this as a tax deductible charitable donation by making your contribution to the CHFT Charitable Fund and designating your donation to go to the Funeral Co-operative.


The Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa is an independent community-owned and operated funeral home. It is dedicated to ensuring that all funeral arrangements are offered on a not-for-profit basis to benefit our members and maintain the highest quality of service. You can find out more about the co-op on their website.


Mark Goldblatt will always be remembered for his passion and visionary leadership in building the co-operative movement and spreading the co-op message across the country. Bringing co-op values to life from his early 20s, Mark co-founded the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) and contributed to the construction of thousands of co-op housing units. He was a co-founder of Rooftops Canada, served on CHF Canada's board and as its executive director, was a co-founder and long-time president of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) and founding member of the Canadian Co-operative Federation. As co-operative development manager with CCA, he worked to expand and create federations of health care, car share and funeral co-operatives, and to promote First Nations, Metis and Inuit co-operatives. Mark dedicated himself with heart and soul to developing the Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa. Among his honours were: CHFC Honorary Life Associate, CMHC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Co-operative Housing, Lifetime Achievement Award from On Co-op, and the Queen's Jubilee Medal.


You can make your donation by following this link.





On February 11, 2015 at Main-Gerrard Co-op members attended the You Hold the Key meeting to hear about the campaign for the federal co-ops whose operating agreements are ending with no commitment to continue rent supplements. Matthew Kellway, Member of Parliament, Beaches-East York was a keynote speaker.

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December 16th at Campden Green Co-op members from various co-ops filled the meeting room to hear about the campaign for federal co-ops operating agreements ending with no commitment to continue rent supplements. The guest speakers were:  Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP, Scarborough – Rouge River, Kathy Bontje, Ramer’s Wood Co-operative, CHFT Corporate Secretary, Harvey Cooper, CHF Canada Ontario Region, Tom Clement, Executive Director, CHFT.

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Meet and Greet with Christina Martins, MPP, Davenport

On Friday December 19th, Member of Provincial Parliament for Davenport, Christina Martins attended a meet and greet with the members of Perth Avenue Housing Co-operative.  Tom Clement from CHFT and Harvey Cooper from CHF Canada Ontario Region also attended this meeting.    




Provincial MPP Han Duong visits Charles Hastings Co-op to talk about the end of the operating agreement


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Meeting about "You Hold the Key campaign and

Federal co-op operating agreements ending

with no commitment to continue rent supplements


On November 13, at Windmill Line Co-op the meeting room was crammed with over 180 people attending this important meeting including Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament, Trinity-Spadina, Chrystia Freeland, Member of Parliament, Toronto Centre,Karyn Moore, Vice-President, CHFT, Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, CHF Canada, Tom Clement, Executive Director, CHFT. 



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Dear friends and affordable housing champions,...

Adam Vaughan's statement on the disappearance of federal co-op housing subsidies, and what it will mean for seniors..


Watch it on You Tube





The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards.


The Toronto Ward Boundary Review  is being conducted to ensure that each person in Toronto is fairly represented at Toronto City Council. The Review is led by an independent team of consultants who will make recommendations to City Council about the size and shape of Toronto's wards. 

 Attend a public meeting or complete a survey online.    






For more information, or to find out if your co-op is a Section 95 co-op,
please call Janet Shim at 1-800-268-2537 ext. 239.
Hope to see you there!








2014 CHFT Diversity Scholarship recipients of the month- (January 2015)


Lashika Shanthalingam

Tamil Co-operative Homes


Lashika is graduating from Central Technical School, where she was team manager of the girls’ volleyball team. At her previous high school she participated in the South Asian Fashion Show. She also learned and performed cultural dances for two of her co-op’s New Year’s parties. Lashika has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at a school for children with developmental disabilities. She studies criminology at  Ryerson University.

Aida Omer

New Hibret Co-operative Homes


At Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Aida was a library volunteer and a member of the Empowering Students Partnership, which helped support the One Child Foundation. She worked with younger children to prepare them for the National Spelling Bee. This past year Aida has been a peer leader, organizing orientation events, tutoring sessions, and social justice campaigns. She studies social sciences at York University.







CHFT General Members' Meeting took place on Wednesday, October 29th at Oakham House.

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Photo from Windward Co-op garden


2014 Co-op Garden Photo Album


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Century of Co-operation Reception photo gallery

This year, Century of Co-operation recipients were honoured at a reception on Friday, October 3rd at

Oakham House. 






Meet and Greet with Olivia Chow, Toronto Mayoral candidate at Campden Green Co-op on October 15, 2014.







Members of Ann Marie Hill Co-op met with John McKay the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough—Guildwood





On Sunday morning, Arcadia Co-op held their member’s meeting.   Guest speaker CHFT Executive Director told members about the national campaign to ensure subsidies remain available for low income members.   Right across the country co-ops are passing the You Hold the Key Resolution.




National Campaign: You Hold the Key – Fix the Co-op Housing Crunch


Canada’s governments need to take action now to keep rent-geared-to-income housing assistance in place for low-income households who will lose it after federal housing agreements end. We’re asking governments to create and fund long-term, cost-shared rent supplement programs, to be delivered by provinces and territories (and municipalities in Ontario).

If your co-op wants to protect these homes, please pass an important resolution to endorse the You Hold the Key – Fix the Co-op Housing Crunch campaign.

When your Board (or members) passes the resolution, please send copies to








What Co-ops Want After the End of the Operating Agreements- CHFT



The Issue


Many non-profit housing providers and housing co-ops in Toronto and across Canada have long-term operating agreements with the federal government.  Through these agreements, non-profits and co-ops receive subsidy funding from the federal government to provide low and modest income residents with rent-geared-to-income (RGI) affordable housing.


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For more information, please visit Government Relations web page on CHFT's web site.




Taking Action


We need to work together to create a campaign for affordable co-op and non-profit housing in the post-agreement period.  This is an invitation to all co-ops and co-op members to take part.  What you can do:


  • Discuss this issue in your co-op, with your board and at your members’ meetings.
  • Share your ideas and give us your feedback on this discussion paper.
  • Sign up to receive further information and action alerts.


Contact:  Tom Clement, tom@coophousing.com, 416 465-8688 extension 202

Download a PDF





Protecting Co-op Affordability- CHFT Canada


The campaign to help low-income Canadians whose housing is threatened by expiring federal operating agreements. 


The Issue


In the coming years, 20,759 federally-funded co op households under all federal programs, representing 51,898 low-income Canadians, are at risk of being lost.



This is the most important issue facing Canada’s co-operative housing movement.

In order to maintain our successful model of diversity and inclusiveness, we need to maintain rent-geared-to-income (RGI) subsidies for low-income Canadians living in co-op communities across the country.



The lives of thousands of vulnerable people – including seniors, new Canadians, aboriginal people and persons with mental and physical disabilities – will be drastically harmed if action is not taken.




Time is Running Out


Less than seven years from now (by 2020), most of the existing co-op homes currently affordable for low-income residents will become unaffordable if governments across the country do not work together to protect housing affordability.



We are already losing some of these affordable co-op homes. Several tables on this web site outline how many co-op homes could be lost when agreements end each year.



Part of a Bigger Crisis



The problem does not only threaten co-op households. Across Canada, there are 200,000 vulnerable households (housing approximately 500,000 Canadians) in co op, non-profit and public housing whose assistance will be cut when federal operating agreements with these housing providers end.



According to CMHC’s Main Estimates for 2013-14, there will be a $23.3 million decrease in funding as long-term operating agreements end for low-income households in social housing projects, including non-profit housing co-ops. As operating agreements continue to end (and the annual assistance continues to decline), there will be less and less funding available for housing providers to provide affordable housing for Canadians in housing need.



For more information click to visit CHFT Canada's web site.




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Why your co-op should go through the 20/20 Vision Process


What is in your co-op’s future?  Do you want your co-op to be the great community where people live together and feel good about your homes?  The 2020 Vision is a process that will help your co-op look clearly at your community values, the quality of your management, governance and environmental sustainability. 


Once you see all of this clearly, you can create a vision and plan for your own future.

The program aims to have all co-ops meet high standards of operation, whether you are coming out of your operating agreement or not.  If you start planning for your future now, you are building a sound foundation for the future.  Meeting these high standards of operation means that we can keep the housing we have, and secure it for the future. 


CHFT offers expert support to get your co-op pointed in the right direction and keep it the strong, stable community ready for the future.  For more information or to book someone to come to your co-op to help you through the process, please call Michelle Arscott at 416-465-8688 extension 207 or e-mail to michelle@coophousing.com.




2020 Vision

The 2020 Compass

Charting a course for your co-op’s future

2020 Vision has one purpose: to help your co-op map a bright future. It’s about having a well-run, well-led co-op that’s a great community for the members.

Read more.



What Co-ops Want After the End of the Operating Agreements

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Subsidies in The Post Operating Agreement World


PowerPoint Presentation made to members of Scarborough Co-ops about what the impact will be of the End of the Operating Agreements on subsidy.


















 July 27, 2010  
CHFT Diversity Program earns MacDonald Award
Run time 12:14








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