Government and Co-op Federations


In 1996 the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada presented the Federal Minister responsible for CMHC with a proposal for an independent agency to administer Federal co-operative housing programs. The proposal gave government an option other than devolving these programs to the Provinces. Slowly the idea gained acceptance. In July 2004, the Agency for Co-operative Housing was incorporated as a co-operative, signing a service agreement with the Federal government in 2005. The Agency delivers client-centered service to co-ops in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and PEI. It takes a risk-based approach and makes use of up-to-date information technology to benefit both co-ops and the Federal government.


CHF Canada is the national umbrella organization for co-op housing and Canada's link with co-op housing around the world. CHF Canada exists to inspire, represent and serve its members in a united co-operative housing movement. Housing co-ops and other members look to CHF Canada of advice, education and support. CHF Canada actively defends the interest of its members by speaking up for co-ops and intervening with government on their behalf. Group buying programs, including insurance, bring even more value for CHF Canada membership.

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CHF BC is a co-operative association made up of member housing co-ops and related organizations in British Columbia. Members elect or are elected to be directors and committee members of CHF BC. This member direction helps CHF BC focus on meeting the needs of housing co-ops. CHF BC provides education, support, group buying discounts, and resources to its member co-ops and it advocates to government for housing co-ops. Housing co-ops have created a strong federation that is the voice of the BC co-op housing.

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Rooftops Canada is the international development program of co-operative and social housing organizations in Canada. Rooftops Canada works with partner organizations to improve housing conditions, build sustainable communities and develop a shared vision of equitable global development. Rooftops Canada's focus is on disadvantaged communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Rooftops Canada works in partnership with local groups to help them meet the long-term housing needs of their communities. Its work is made possible through funding from CHF Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and donations and support from housing groups and individuals. Rooftops Canada's other Canadian partners include the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, the British Columbia Non-Profit Housing Association and the New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association and the Confédération québécoise des cooperatives d'habitation.

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The YES leadership camp is a summer camp that provides week long leadership retreats for youth from all over British Columbia. Skills training is offered for 14-17 year-olds in the areas of self-awareness, co-operation, communication, global awareness, environmental sustainability and leadership. Participants take part in the creation of a strong community of support, respect and growth in the summer camp. Not only is there a chance to learn and grow, it’s also tons of fun! From canoeing and hiking, to arts and crafts, we have many options for fun activities each day. The YES is a summer camp experience in BC that will last a life-time.

Corporate Associations

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Gehlen Dabbs is a Vancouver law firm providing a full range of legal services to housing co-operatives. We help co-ops develop legally sound rules and policies. We provide assistance in day-to-day matters including advice on meetings of the board of directors or of the general membership. We also have extensive experience in assisting housing co-ops with all aspects of membership terminations. We represent housing co-ops in the defence of complaints at the BC Human Rights Tribunal. We also represent housing co-ops in every aspect of financing, dealing with CMHC and BC Housing Management Commission, as well as chartered banks and credit unions.

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Westminster Savings Credit Union is one Canada's largest credit unions, Westminster Savings Credit Union is dedicated to providing full financial services to the residents of the Lower Mainland. We are locally-based and member-owned, with a strong focus on giving back to the communities where we live and work. We are in business to help members achieve their financial goals. Helping members achieve their financial goals is an idea to which many financial services companies lay claim. What make Westminster Savings Credit Union unique are the way we help our members achieve their financial goals.

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In Canada, WSP is one of the largest professional services firms with approximately 8,700 employees, mainly engineers, technicians, scientists, environmental experts and architects, based in all Canadian provinces.

Orginally founded in Canada, WSP is truly inernational company. Currently ranked among the top 10 professional services firms in the world, we are proud to have achieved such a strong leadership position in the global market.

Our firms provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and our expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy souces of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources.

Leveraging our expertise and project vision, we develop solutions designed to add value to your projects. Over the past five decades, our multidisciplinary terms have carried out a wide array of projects, some of which have received national and international awards.

Worldwide, WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. It has approximately 34,000 employees, operating out of more than 500 offices, across 40 countries, on 5 continents.

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Level 5 Consulting Ltd are committed to providing quality building envelope engineering at reasonable prices. Our projects range from houses to high rises and include both new construction as well as older building upgrades. For older buildings, we can offer energy upgrades at the same time as a newly designed exterior is planned for the building. We can make your old building look new again and even provide a complete new look for your building. Our team are all highly qualified professionals here to service your building needs.