Welcome to the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto

Serving Co-ops in Durham, Toronto and York Region

Our Vision

Our vision of who we are is also shaped by our commitment to give service of the best possible quality at a fair price.
We define our commitment to serve through the aims that Canadian housing co-operatives hold in common.

Important Notice to our Members 

The Co-operative Housing Federation (CHFT) will be taking some extraordinary measures.

These actions are similar to what other organizations are doing to help protect the public from the spread of the COVID 19.

Our office will be closed to the public until further notice.

Our staff will still be working and you can reach us by email. Click here for a list of our emails.

July 14, 2020
—  Durham Region – Instructions to ensure the mandatory use of non-medical masks and face coverings within commercial establishments
—  Durham Region – Tips for choosing a proper non-medical face mask or face covering
—  Durham Region – How to keep safe while using your non-medical face mask or face covering
—  Toronto – Use of Cloth Masks or Face Covering and Poster
—  York Region – Mask or Face Covering Required
—  Ministry of Health – Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge

July 7, 2020
—  Travel Safe on GO Transit
—  Durham Region – Personal Services Settings Covid-19 Safe Return to Work Checklist
—  Toronto – COVID-19 Guidelines for Personal Service Settings
—  York Region – COVID-19 Guidelines for Personal Service Settings
—  Pubic Health Ontario – You were tested for COVID-19: What you should know
—  Durham Region – Instructions for individuals tested for COVID-19
—  York Region – Follow-up Instructions for Individuals tested for COVID-19

June 30, 2020
—  Travel Safe on GO Transit
—  TTC COVID-19 Response and Using Public Transit During COVID-19
—  Durham Region Transit’s commitment to moving the Region safely during Phase 2 reopening
—  Durham Region Transit offering free PRESTO cards
—  Riding York Region Transit (YRT) During COVID-19
—  How to Build Your Social Circle
—  Toronto – Support for Seniors during COVID-19

June 24, 2020
—  Prevent the Spread with 3-Ply Pleated Face Masks from Grand & Toy
—  Cleaning essentials & disposable masks from HD Supply

June 23, 2020
—  Fraud prevention tips for co-ops from Alterna Savings
—  Durham Region – Retail Curbside Pickup or Delivery of Goods During COVID-19
—  Toronto – Curbside Pick-up during COVID-19 Tips for Businesses
—  Durham Region – Self-Isolation
—  Toronto – How to Self-Isolate
—  York Region – Self-Isolation Advice
—  TTC COVID-19 Response

June 16, 2020
—  Durham Region – Instructions for individuals tested for COVID-19
—  Toronto – Follow-up Instructions for Individuals Tested for COVID-19
—  York Region –  Follow-up Instructions for Individuals Tested for COVID-19
—  Durham Region – Tips for choosing a proper non-medical face mask or face covering
—  Toronto – Face Masks and Coverings for the General Public
—  York Region – How to Put on a Face Mask

June 9, 2020
—  Public Health Agency of Canada – How to safely use a non-medical mask or face coverings
—  City of Toronto – Tips to beat the heat and a list of cooling centres

June 2, 2020
—  Messages from MultiLogic & Sherman-Williams Paints
—  Canada Revenue Agency

May 26, 2020
—  Who to inform about positive COVID-19 cases in the co-op
—  COVID-19 – Payment of housing charges
—  Messages from HD Supply & RONA

May 19, 2020
—  Messages from Dulux Paints & Sherwin Williams
—  City of Toronto – COVID-19 ChatBot on Social Media
—  Youth Employment Resources – Job Central and Youth Collaboration
—  Non-Crisis Peer Support Phone Line
—  City of Toronto – COVID-19: Stay, Play & Learn at Home

May 12, 2020
—  Maintenance during COVID-19
—  Messages from Sherwin WilliamsGrand & Toy
—  Durham Region – Here are some of the ways you can let the front-line staff know they have your support
—  York Region – Share the true #SpiritofYR
—  #CanadaTogether is a national initiative to inspire, educate & engage Canadians as we band together during these times.
—  #ThankOurHeroes taking care of our loved ones and keeping our families fed
—  Protecting Vulnerable People

May 5, 2020
—  Messages from RonaToronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)
—  Educational & Entertainment Resources for Students
—  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – Rent relief for Co-op’s Commercial Tenants
—  The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Coping During COVID-19 – A Resource for Youth

April 28, 2020
—  Co-op apartments – moving during COVID-19 pandemic
—  Messagse from Alterna Credit UnionMultiLogic Energy Solutions
—  Domestic Violence Resources
—  CHF Canada – Emergency order extends deadlines and allows virtual meetings
—  Toronto Public Health – Help Stop the Spread
—  York Region – Lower Your Risk of COVID-19
—  Durham Region – Preventing Spread in Home

April 21, 2020
—  Resources – Virtual Meeting OptionsConnect with CHFT
—  Safety products
—  CHF Canada – Update on Ontario co-ops and essential services
—  Toronto Public Health – Stay Safe: Guidance for People Who Are Over 70 – Do I need to Self-Isolate?
—  Public Health Ontario – How to Self-MonitorHow to Care for Pets and Other Animals
—  Durham Region – Self-MonitoringFood banks
—  York Region – Self-Isolation AdviceFood banks
—  Public Health Agency of Canada – Self-Monitoring, Self-Isolation and Isolation
—  St. Stephen’s Community House – Conflict Resolution and Training

April 14, 2020
—  Durham Region – Self-Isolation for Contacts and Return Travellers
—  York Region – Practicing Physical Distancing
—  CHF Canada – Risk Management Program
—  Food Bank Information by Community
—  World Health Organization – Coping with stress and Helping children cope with stress
—  Toronto Public Health – Take Care of Your Mental Health and Well-BeingPoster
—  City of Toronto News Releases & Media Advisories – City of Toronto announces mental health support strategy for residents
—  Canadian Mental Health Association – Quick Guide – Mental Health Resources Serving Toronto

April 7, 2020
—  Covid-19 resources for members in Durham
—  Covid-19 resources for members in York Region
—  Public Health OntarioTake Care of Yourself and Each OtherPhysical Distancing

April 1, 2020
—  Paying your mortgage during Covid-19
—  City of Toronto – Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Residents and Housing ProvidersYour April Rent and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Rent Collection Analysis Tool (see Special Postings April 1 for form)

March 31, 2020
—  Toronto Public Health – General Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Practice & Disinfection Guidance for Commercial or Residential Buildings
—  Ministry of Health – Information sheet about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
—  Messages from Alterna Savings, Rent Check, Appliance CanadaGrand & Toy

March 25, 2020
—  COVID-19 – Payment of housing charges
—  COVID-19 – Economic Response Plan: Support for Small Businesses

March 24, 2020
—  COVID-19 pandemic and co-op meetings
—  Messages from CoinamaticRogers
—  COVID 19 – Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians
—  COVID-19 self-assessment

March 18, 2020
—  City of Toronto – Update on COVID-19 Response for Housing Providers
—  York Region – Information for Community Housing Providers Regarding COVID-19

March 17, 2020
—  Message from Grand & Toy re: COVID-19

March 16, 2020
—  Important Notice to our Members

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What is CHFT?

In 1974, a group of non-profit housing co-operatives set up a small organization to promote the development of new co-ops and to provide the education and assistance needed by the growing co-operative housing sector.

Today, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) is a member-supported organization representing more than 45,000 people living in more than 160 non-profit housing co-operatives located in Toronto and York Region.

Click here to learn more about CHFT.

What are the Co-op Housing Land Trusts?


Diversity Scholarship Awards

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) introduced our scholarship in 2004. People qualify because of their work in the community and commitment to promoting diversity.

Over $1.7 million has been awarded to date with over 330 students having won the award.

Students from over 104 co-ops have won scholarships since its inception. In 2018 we awarded 27 scholarships.

Listen to what a few of our scholarship award winners have to say about winning this opportunity and what it means to them.

The period for submitting Diversity Scholarship Applications is now closed.

Scholarship Testimonials

CHFT began safeguarding affordable housing units through land trusts since the early 1980’s.

The purpose of the land trusts is to ensure that the assets of land trusts co-ops could not be sold off to anyone.

With a varying development programs both provincially and municipally, CHFT was able to acquire different sites across the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding areas including Durham and Peel Regions.

The Co-op Housing Land Trusts represents 10,000 members that live in 32 co-ops throughout southern Ontario.

To learn more about the Co-op Housing Land Trusts, click here.

Co-ops With Open Waiting Lists

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto has co-op members who have open waiting lists.

For a complete list, please click on the button to view.


Co-op Vacancies

Upcoming Events

Please Note* Until further notice, all CHFT events are cancelled!

Charitable Fund

2016 Diversity Scholarship

The CHFT Charitable Fund continues to develop and provide innovative and helpful programs. The funds have assisted hundreds of co-operative members through our various programs.

Diversity Scholarships


In 2004, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto launched the CHFT Diversity Scholarship Program. The program is for people living in CHFT member housing co-ops.

About Housing Co-ops


Housing co-ops are in every neighbourhood in the city. A co-op can be a medium size apt building or townhomes. People who live in co-ops come from every walk of life.

Find a Co-op


There are over  45,000 people living in 160 non-profit housing co-operatives throughout Toronto and in the York Region. To find the housing co-operative of your choice, click below.