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
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
Meet and greet Toronto Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow
October 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Campden Green Co-operative Homes
70 Alford Crescent, Unit 1
This meet and greet is sponsored by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto and
CHF Canada Ontario Region.
Please contact Angela Calderone, firstname.lastname@example.org or
416 465-8688, extension 206 to RSVP or for more information
Zabeda Oumer-Haji, Treasurer on the 2014 CHFT Board of Directors (NewHibret Co-op), and a CHFT Diversity Scholarship recipient has been featured in a York University This is my Time campaign.
Click to view the video on You Tube.
2014 Fall Education Event
Saturday, November 1, 2014 Oakham House
We are offering three workshops on the new eviction process,
one in each time slot. We will also have new workshops on
end of the operating agreement issues, choosing between
staffing models and how to ensure your co-op is compliant with
the AODA legislation. As well, we have some popular
You get all this for only $115 + HST for CHFT members and
$230 + HST for non-members.
For more information about the program, please contact Mary
Ann Hannant at email@example.com or 416 465-8688,
Registration is available on-line at
For more information about registration, contact Maria La Vida at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 465-8688, extension 201.
A Picture of Cawthra Mansions Co-op's Garden
2014 Co-op Garden Photo Album
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2014 CHFT Diversity Scholarship recipients of the month
Atkinson Housing Co-operative
At Central Commerce Collegiate Institute, Zeenat was a member of the Concrete Roses group for over two years, organizing and promoting student events. The Leading Ladies project at the Scadding Court Community Centre, where she has been a peer leader and a peer leader trainer, works for economic empowerment for women. Zeenat also helped start an all-girls boxing program. She will study social sciences and humanities at the University of Toronto.
Dexter Johnston Scholarship Recipients
Windward Co-operative Homes
Jeremy is graduating from Bloor Collegiate Institute, where he excelled in maths and sciences and took part in activities to help younger students and to raise awareness of social issues. He received a leadership award in 2011 from the DAREarts Foundation for Children. As a youth leader and breakdancer, he has worked with others to organize events at schools across the GTA, promoting positive expression through dance. Jeremy will attend University of Guelph to study marine biology
2014 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Event photo album
2014 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Event took place on June 26th at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto. This year 20 co-ops sponsored the CHFT Diversity Scholarship event by
making donation of $200 or more.
The CHFT Diversity Scholarship Program is a joint project of the CHFT Charitable Fund and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto.
Click here to view the profile of this year's recipients.
To learn more about this program please visit the CHFT Diversity Scholarship page on our web site or click here.
2014 CHFT Board of Directors
From left to right front row: Bob Wiseman (CoAction, Main Gerrard Co-op Manager), Rahima Mulla, Vice President (Ernescliffe Co-op), Lindsay Denise (Black Creek Co-op),
Right to left back row: Karyn Moore, Vice President (Oak Street Co-op), Zabeda Oumer-Haji, Treasurer (NewHibret Co-op), Katherine Bontje, Corporate Secretary (Ramer's Wood Co-op), Paul Uytenbogaart, President (Local 75 Hospitality Workers’ Co-op ), Angela Watson (Hickory Tree Co-op), Nneka Perry (Campden Green Co-op).
Co-ops Awards from 1997- 2013
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Housing Co-ops Rally on Parliament Hill – Call on Governments to Fix Looming Housing Crunch
June 4, 2014 (Ottawa) — At a rally on Parliament Hill, Canada’s housing co-ops called on all levels of government to ‘Fix the Co-op Housing Crunch’: expiring federal housing assistance that threatens the housing of thousands of low-income Canadians. Click here for more information about this rally and related affordable housing campaigns
Group of 2014 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Recipients at the 40th CHFT Annual General Meeting
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List of 2014 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Recipients
|Basma Al Nadhir
|Fahad Bin Hoque
||Local 75 Hospitality Workers
|Yun Hong Lee
||Harry Sherman Crowe
The 11th annual CHFT Scholarship Presentation and fundraising event will
take place on Thursday, June 26 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
A Message from Election Services Public Engagement Team
Just a reminder that this June marks the 30th anniversary of Seniors' Month. Check out what events are going on in your communities, or let us know if you're hosting an event.
Upcoming Election Outreach and Related Meetings and Events
2013 CHFT Members' Meeting- October 30, 2013- Oakham House
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Flower Garden at Cawthra Manstions Co-op
2013 Co-op Gardens Photos Album
2013 Diversity Scholarship Awards Night Photo Album
2013 Diversity Scholarship Winners Biography
Close the Housing Gap Rally November 20, 2013
The Rally to Close the Housing Gap took off from Toronto at 7:30 a.m. and arrived at 1:00 p.m. at Ottawa. It then proceeded up onto Parliament Hill and gathers at Eternal Flame.
Among the attending politicians and community leasers and partners were Councillor Bailao- City of Toronto, Gene Jones- President and CEO, Toronto Community Housing, Sherri Williams- Toronto Community Housing Tenant, and Domanique Gran- President, Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto.
To view the list of attended politicians, please click here.
to view the agenda and the list of speakers, please click here.
2013 Century of Co-operation Awards Photo Album
What Co-ops Want After the End of the Operating Agreements- CHFT
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.
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, email@example.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.
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.
More Related Topics:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Inexpensive Help for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities
CHFT has found out about two programs which provide inexpensive, practical help for seniors and adults with disabilities.
These two programs SAINTS and TIGP are supported by the Ministry of Health and the City of Toronto. The goal is to help people live in their own homes with assistance. Both programs connect high school students with people who need help completing housing chores. The programs expect the user to pay students $10 per hour for their services, which are to be done after school and on weekends.
More information ...
CHFT Charitable Fund Board of Directors
Left to right Cyesha Forde, Kumail Karimjee (President), Felicia Davis, Aarne Juhola (Corporate Secretary), Lily Ng (Treasurer), Janet Gardiner, Donna Charbonneau
2013 CHFT Board of Directors
From left to right: Bob Wiseman (CoAction, Main Gerrard Co-op Manager), Zabeda Oumer-Haji (New
Hibret Co-op), Allison Chase (Ramer's Wood Co-op), Domanique Grant, President(Atkinson Co-op), Angelica Batalla, Corporate Secretary (Bleecker Street Co-op), Lindsay Denise, Treasurer (Black Creek Co-op), Michelle Maldonado, Vice President (Swansea Village Co-op), Front row: Rahima Mulla, Vice President (Ernescliffe Co-op), Absent: Onik Khan.
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