Welcome to the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto
Serving Co-ops in Durham, Toronto and York Region
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.
Helpful Links – COVID-19:
— CHF Canada — National information and information for Ontario members
— City of Toronto — How to Protect Yourself –> Printable Information Cards & Posters
— New Releases & Media Advisories –> List of news releases and media advisories
Click here to view our recent postings
May 19, 2020
— Co-op Cost Cutters – Message 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
— Co-op Cost Cutters – Message from Sherwin Williams and Grand & 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
— Co-op Cost Cutters – Messages from Rona and Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)
— Educational & Entertainment Resources for Students
— City of Toronto – Toronto District School Board
— York Region – York Region District School Board
— Durham Region – Durham District School Board
— CHF Canada’s AGM – Virtual registration and Webinars in May
— 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
— Warden Woods Community Centre – Support Line to serve people in Scarborough
— City of Toronto – 2020 Youth Violence Prevention Grant
April 28, 2020
— Co-op apartments – moving during COVID-19 pandemic
— Co-op Cost Cutters – Messages from Alterna Credit Union and MultiLogic Energy Solutions
— Domestic Violence Resources
— Supporting Women – Webinar and Violence at Home Signal for Help
— CHF Canada – Emergency order extends deadlines and allows virtual meetings
— Iler Campbell – Free legal webinar series – every Wednesday in May
— 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 Options – Connect with CHFT
— Co-op Cost Cutters – Safety products
— CHF Canada – Update on Ontario co-ops and essential services
— Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Green Municipal Fund
— Toronto Public Health – Stay Safe: Guidance for People Who Are Over 70 – Do I need to Self-Isolate?
— Public Health Ontario – How to Self-Monitor – How to Care for Pets and Other Animals
— Durham Region – Self-Monitoring – Food banks
— York Region – Self-Isolation Advice – Food 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
— Canada Revenue Agency – Slam the scam – Protect yourself against fraud
— 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-Being – Poster
— 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
— The Agency for Co-operative Housing – Your Operating Agreement Extended to August 30th
— Public Health Ontario – Take Care of Yourself and Each Other – Physical Distancing
— The 519 has created a great list of resources for older Adults 50+ and resources for youths
April 1, 2020
— Paying your mortgage during Covid-19
— City of Toronto – Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Residents and Housing Providers – Your 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) (available in multiple languages)
— Co-op Cost Cutters – Messages from Alterna Savings, Rent Check, Appliance Canada and Grand & Toy
March 25, 2020
— COVID-19 – Payment of housing charges
— COVID-19 – Economic Response Plan: Support for Small Businesses
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
— Co-op Cost Cutters – Message from Grand & Toy re: COVID-19
March 16, 2020
— Important Notice to our Members
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.
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.
- Century of Co-operation Reception 2019 in TorontoRead More »
- 2019 CHFT General Members’ Meeting & Co-op Housing Awards NightRead More »
- CHFT Diversity Scholarship 2019Read More »
- 2019 CHFT Annual MeetingRead More »
- 2018 CHFT General Members' MeetingRead More »
Please Note* Until further notice, all CHFT events are cancelled!
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.
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.