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ABOUT CO-OPS AND CO-OP HISTORY

"More than Just a Place to Live"
Housing Co-operatives have been around for a long time in Canada. The first permanent student co-op was established at the University of Toronto in 1934.
The first non-student co-op, Willow Park, was established in Winnipeg in 1964.
On September 23, 1995, the International Co-operative Alliance adopted new Co-operative Principles for Housing Co-ops which are summarized below:

Open membership
Co-ops are open without exception to anyone who needs their services and who freely accepts the obligations of membership.

Democratic control
Co-ops are controlled by their members, who together set policy, make decisions and elect leaders who report to them. In primary co-ops each member has one vote.

Economic participation
All members contribute fairly to their co-ops, which they own in common. Co-ops pay a limited return (if any) on money people have to invest to become members. Surpluses are held for the future and used to improve the Co-op's services.

Independence
All agreements co-ops sign with outside organizations or governments should leave the members in control of the co-op.

Co-operative education
Co-ops offer training to their members, directors and staff. Co-ops tell the public what they are and what they do.

Co-operation among co-operatives
Co-ops work together through local, national and international structures to serve their members.

Community
Co-ops meet members' needs in ways that build lasting communities inside and outside each co-op.

One of the central principles of housing co-ops is to provide affordable housing, in a member focused, democratically run community. Co-ops do not have landlords, and rely on the co-operative effort of the members to keep housing and other costs down. Some interesting links to Housing Co-operatives in Eastern Ontario can be found by clicking on www.chaseo.org,
The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (www.chfc.ca) is the national website for member housing co-ops in Canada.

Co-ops are a great place to live!

 

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