Media advisory: May 30 to be declared Co-op Housing Day in Victoria as housing co-ops meet

    VICTORIA, BC, May 27 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 700 members from housing
co-operatives across Canada are gathering in Victoria for the annual meeting
of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, May 28 - 30.
    The meeting will take place at the Victoria Conference Centre.
    Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin, who will speak at the opening of the business
meeting, has proclaimed May 30 Co-operative Housing Day.
    Members will also hear from the federal government. Ed Komarnicki,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister responsible for CMHC, the Hon. Diane
Finley, will be speaking to the business meeting on May 30 and presenting the
CMHC award for outstanding contribution to co-operative housing.
    At a time when Victoria is experiencing one of the lowest rental vacancy
rates in Canada, with serious affordability problems, delegates will be
attending workshops and debating resolutions on solutions to Canada's
affordable housing crisis.

    CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing
movement. Its members include nearly 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.

For further information:

For further information: Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, (613)
293-8913 (cell),; Merrilee Robson, Program Manager,
Communications, (778) 227-3864 (cell),

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