Media advisory - Hundreds of housing co-op members to gather at Parliament Hill Rally to fix looming housing crisis

OTTAWA, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) and representatives from regional co-op federations, co-op members and supporters will gather in Ottawa to raise awareness about expiring federal housing assistance that threatens the affordable housing of over 50,000  low-income Canadians in existing co-op housing after federal housing agreements end.

As part of a national campaign called You Hold the Key - Fix the Co op Housing Crunch, a rally on Parliament Hill will feature speakers from Canada's housing co-ops, federal MPs and concerned co-op members.

CHF Canada and regional partners are advocating for long-term, cost-shared rent supplement programs, including federal funding, delivered by provinces and territories (and municipalities in the case of Ontario).

Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Time: 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Location: Parliament Hill (between the Centennial Flame and the Peace Tower)

CHF Canada's Executive Director, Nicholas Gazzard, representatives from Canada's housing co-ops and co-op members, will be available to talk to the media before and following the rally.

For more information on the campaign, go to

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:

Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, 613-293-8913,

David Granovsky, Government Relations Co-ordinator, 1-800-465-2752 ext. 222, 613-290-7687,

Scott Jackson, Program Manager, National Communications, 778-227-3864,

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