CALGARY, June 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Delegates at today's annual meeting of the
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) in Calgary are
expected to pass a resolution calling for all levels of government to
solve the threat to 500,000 Canadians whose federally-funded rent
assistance is set to expire.
Some federal operating agreements have already expired and many will end
in the next few years, jeopardizing seniors, disabled, working poor and
new Canadians living in non-profit and co-operative homes. In Alberta,
over a thousand low-income households living in 64 housing co-ops are
at risk, as are more than 20,000 co-op households in communities across
Canada. Add non-profit and Aboriginal housing to this, and the impact
is multiplied many times over.
More than 700 people are meeting today at the Telus Convention Centre in
Calgary to address this issue, which Canada's big city mayors declared
last week was their top priority.
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Responsible for CMHC and MP
for Simcoe-Grey, Kellie Leitch, is scheduled to address the conference
at 10:30 am.
"This issue is our top priority," says CHF Canada President Anne
Davidson. "It's time for governments to work together with housing
stakeholders to ensure that this successful source of
community-oriented affordable housing is preserved."
"MPs from all political parties have expressed strong support for
continued assistance to co-op households, so we are optimistic, but
there is no time to waste," says CHF Canada Executive Director,
Nicholas Gazzard, who was identified this year as one of Ottawa's top
Also on today's agenda is honouring members for their successes and
commitment to co-operative housing. Recipients will include local
co-op activist Carol Davis, Charles Darrow Housing Co-operative in
Aurora, Ontario, and Stuart Thomas, principal of Terra Housing in
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 (cell), email@example.com
Scott Jackson, Program Manager, National Communications, 778-227-3864 (cell)