OTTAWA, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Co-operative Housing Federation of
Canada celebrates its 40th anniversary with the publication of a new history
of co-operative housing in Canada. Under Construction: A History of
Co-operative Housing in Canada is a success story, built on the principles and
perseverance of people who just wouldn't take no for an answer in their
pursuit of a place for housing co-ops in Canada.
"A small but determined group got together to lobby for co-operative
housing in 1968, and that has given birth to a powerful movement," says
Nicholas Gazzard, CHF Canada's executive director. "It is an extraordinary
fact that the calls for more co-operative housing in Canada are heard loudest
from housing co-op members, who seek nothing for themselves but rather the
advantage for others of what they already enjoy."
The official launch will take place at CHF Canada's annual general
meeting in Toronto, on June 14, at the Westin Harbour Castle. Author Leslie
Cole will speak to more than 700 housing co-op members from across Canada.
There are more than 93,000 co-op homes in Canada, providing affordable
housing for a quarter of a million Canadians. But the number of co-ops cannot
meet the demand for affordable housing. Most co-ops have long waiting lists
and the problem will become more acute as the government funding programs that
help house low-income residents come to an end.
CHF Canada members are working with other organizations and calling on
all levels of government to help the 4 million Canadians in core housing need.
Delegates will not only celebrate 40 years of success, but examine
current housing needs and make plans for the future.
CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing
movement. Its members include nearly 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and
the organizations that support them.
For further information:
For further information: Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, (613)
293-8913 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org.; Merrilee Robson, Program Manager,
Communications, (778) 227-3864 (cell), (416) 861-8755 (CHF Canada conference
office, June 11 - 14), email@example.com.; Leslie Cole, (613) 565-0806,