Test Cases for Radon

7 November 2018

The Agency and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada recently conducted a pilot project on radon gas. We tested for the presence of radon in three different housing co‑ops in different regions. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the decay of uranium in rock, soil and water in many regions of Canada. This gas can seep into buildings and become concentrated in poorly ventilated areas, such as basements. Breathing it can be dangerous to lung tissue and increase the possibility of associated health problems. Housing co-ops are not immune, so what can they do to make sure their members are safe?

Click here to read the findings from West Heritage Manor Co-op, Friendship Housing Co-op and Native Inter-tribal Housing Co-op.

Management Type

The trend in co-op management is toward management companies. Volunteer-only co-ops make up half the share of our clients (4%) that they did in 2007. Co-ops with their own employees are down to 30% of Agency clients, while management companies serve 52%. The rest have only a bookkeeper.