Media advisory - Housing co-ops gather in Niagara Falls to protect and expand co-op housing

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, June 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Over 700 members and supporters of Canada's housing co-ops are gathered in Niagara Falls this week for the annual meeting of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada).

They will explore exciting new prospects for investing and partnering towards the creation of more co-op housing to address Canada's growing housing affordability crisis.

CHF Canada's Annual Meeting includes education workshops, a national business meeting and tourist activities designed to give conference participants a taste of Niagara Falls.

With the announcement of a federal National Housing Strategy expected later this year, and with provincial and municipal governments eager to address an urgent need for affordable housing, CHF Canada members have proposed resolutions to help leverage billions of dollars in existing co-op housing real estate to secure investments in new housing co-op development. 



Education and networking sessions, daily from June 7 to 9

Annual General Meeting, June 10, 9:00 am to 3:30pm


Scotiabank Convention Centre (6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls)


One resolution proposed by the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) would commit $1 million from CHF Canada's financial reserves in support of developing of new co-op housing.

Such development is already taking place thanks to innovative community land trusts in Ontario and British Columbia.

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,; Douglas Wong, Program Manager, Policy and Government Relations, 613-293-0142,; Scott Jackson, Program Manager, National Communications, 778-227-3864,


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