Canada’s housing co-ops gather in Halifax to tackle the housing crisis with more co-op housing


HALIFAX, N.S., June 15, 2022 /CNW/ – More than 500 housing co-op members and staff everywhere Canada meet this week at Halifax for the 54th Annual Meeting of the Cooperative Housing Federation Canada (CHF Canada).

Participants will meet from June 15 to 18 to Halifax Convention Center to learn, network and celebrate recent successes:

  • protect low-income households threatened with the expiry of federal and provincial funding.

  • securing the cooperative housing development program with $1.5 billion in federal funding over five years to develop 6,000 new housing co-ops – the first federal co-op housing development program in over 30 years!

“We have much to celebrate as we secure the future of existing co-op housing and look ahead to a promising next wave of co-op housing development, such as the new development on Maitland Street in Halifax“, said CHF Canada’s president tina stevens.

“We are extremely happy to have had so much success in our advocacy work, although we still have a lot to do,” said CHF Canada’s Executive Director. Tim Ross. “There is an unresolved need for a well-funded urban, northern and rural Indigenous housing strategy, which our members are calling on the federal government to implement.

In addition to these campaigns, the annual meeting will include several other highlights on Saturday June 18:

  • Two keynote speakers, Tareq Hadhad (Peace Chocolates) and former Halifax Poet Laureate Dr. El Jones, will address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Halifax Mayor mike savageNova Scotia Housing Minister John Lohrand Soraya Martinez FerradaParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion for Housing, will deliver remarks as we seek to partner with all levels of government to address from Canada housing and homelessness crisis.

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CHF Canada is the national voice of housing co-ops, representing 2,200 housing co-ops, home to a quarter of a million people in every province and territory. Co-op housing is a well-documented success story. For more than 50 years, co-ops have provided good quality affordable housing owned and managed by the community members who live there.

SOURCE Cooperative Housing Federation Canada


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