About Co-ops

Exterior of Fairlea Park housing co-operative

A housing co-operative is a democratically controlled association formed to provide housing for its members. The typical Canadian housing co-operative owns houses or apartments and rents them to members for an indefinite period of time on a non-profit basis. When a member moves out, their membership lapses.

Co-ops are different from other forms of non-profit housing. They are governed by a board of directors elected by the members, who are also the residents. Members approve budgets, appoint the auditor and set many of the co-op’s policies.

You can find more information about Canadian housing co‑operatives on the website of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) and housing co‑operatives around the world on the website of Co-operative Housing International.

Vacancy Loss

The number of Agency clients reporting vacancy losses of more than $250 per unit per year has fallen 50% since 2007. While vacancy rates are local, these numbers show good management.