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What is co-op living? How do I apply?

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.





An Interview with Tom Clement, CHFT Executive Director, published on Torontoist magazine:

I Want Your Job: Tom Clement, Co-op Housing Kingpin

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto director talks democracy, community, and what it means to build a neighbourhood.

BY Kaitlyn Kochany 

Read the interview.



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




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




Antonia Lynne (Toni) Mulgrew

October 10, 1945 - October 12, 2014


Toni Mulgrew passed away. Toni was a long time co-op member who played a major role in contributing to the development and management of affordable housing over the last five decades. 


In the 1970’s, the co-op movement in Toronto was in its infancy. Toni was a tenant in Scarborough and was involved in converting her building into Thurlestone Co-op.

Toni later joined Lantana Non Profit Homes and helped many tenants make the transition to co-op housing.   Lantana was a major resource group in Canada that not only worked with tenants to convert their buildings but worked with groups to form new construction co-ops.


Read more



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
returning workshops.

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 maryann@coophousing.com or 416 465-8688,
extension 208.
Registration is available on-line at


For more information about registration, contact Maria La Vida at
maria@coophousing.com or 416 465-8688, extension 201.

See brochure!




A Picture of City Park Co-op's Garden

2014 Co-op Garden Photo Album

Click to view all garden albums




2015 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Application form


2014 CHFT Diversity Scholarship recipients of the month


Basma Al Nadhir

Atkinson Housing Co-operative

Basma graduated last year from Central Commerce Collegiate Institute. She continues to take part in social justice programs there, in her community, and at university. Since age 13 she has been a grassroots organizer with the Justice 4 Alwy campaign in Regent Park, which combats racial profiling. Basma helped with many events, including a basketball tournament, to rally community members and raise awareness.   At her co-op, she is on the board of directors.   This fall she will enter her second year at York University, studying social work.

Usman Kazi

Charles Darrow Housing Co-operative


Usman is graduating from Aurora High School. He was an office volunteer at Community Home Assistance to Seniors for over two years, performing administrative tasks. At the Aurora Public Library, he helped maintain the collection and prepare craft programs for children. He did cleaning and maintenance at the Islamic Society of York Region. Usman will study electrical engineering at the Ryerson University.



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

Click to view the list of co-ops and their awards.


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

Click to view the album


List of 2014 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Recipients


Name Co-op
Zeenat Afghan Atkinson 
Basma Al Nadhir Atkinson 
Brandon Arkinson Neil-Wycik
Sushma Bahal Alexandra Park
John Chen Atkinson 
Daxshana Gnanakanthan Bellamy
Fahad Bin Hoque Local 75 Hospitality Workers
Nuha Habay Atkinson 
Shanice Howard Black Creek 
Jeremy Hughes Windward 
Ayaan Ismail Bridle Manor
Desiree Kaunda-Wint Niagara Neighbourhood
Usman Kazi Charles Darrow
Yun Hong Lee Hospital Workers
Ibrahim Mohamed Harry Sherman Crowe
Aida Omer New Hibret
Muna Osman Atkinson 
Frija Rocci-Roesslein Don Area
Lashika Shanthalingam Tamil
Melissa Stephenson Campden Green
Alisha Tabilin Peregrine 
Emile Wickham Ramer's Wood 
Heather Yager Bain


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

Accessible Elections





2013 CHFT Members' Meeting- October 30, 2013- Oakham House

Click to view the photo album.




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


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.


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 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.




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.



CHF Canada, Co-op Housing's Channel

Your future starts now: Co-op housings at the crossroads


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




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