Canada's housing co-ops meet in St John's to celebrate 50 years of success

ST JOHN'S, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - More than 600 people arrive in St John's today from housing co-ops across the country for the annual meeting of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.  Participants will gather to celebrate the co-op housing success story in Canada and to raise awareness that co-op housing builds diverse and integrated communities.

"Ever since Canada's first permanent housing co-op, Winnipeg's Willow Park, was incorporated in 1961, this unique and successful model of home ownership has been the envy of other countries," said CHF Canada Executive Director Nicholas Gazzard.  "We have a lot to celebrate, including hundreds of millions of dollars in recent government stimulus for renovations and retrofits."

Delegates at the meeting will vote on resolutions that call on government to help protect the affordability of existing co-op housing, and to develop an accountability framework for federal spending on housing, to ensure better outcomes for nearly four million Canadians in need of decent housing they can afford.

"Co-op housing can play a big role fostering livable communities and cities in the 21st century," said CHF Canada President Wes Hosler.  "At this annual meeting we will be calling on all levels of government to partner with us in the delivery of new co-op housing and to help us preserve and protect the 90,000 co-op homes we have developed over five decades."

Canada's housing co-ops are part of the world-wide co-operative movement, which will be officially celebrated in 2012―the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.

The mayors of St John's and Mount Pearl, Denis O'Keefe and Randy Simms, will be on hand for the opening of the national business meeting at 9:30 am on May 28.

CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing movement. Its members include over 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and other organizations across Canada.  More than a quarter of a million Canadians live in housing co-ops, in every province and territory.

SOURCE Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

For further information:

Scott Jackson, Program Manager, National Communications 778-227-3864(cell), sjackson@chfcanada.coop


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