About CHFT

What is CHFT?

Our History

leadershipIn 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.

Development Record

Since 1975, CHFT’s Development Services has worked on 57 co-op housing projects – creating and preserving 6,224 affordable homes in the Toronto area.

Despite government cutbacks, CHFT continues to look for ways to develop and protect affordable housing.

1978 - 1979
1980 - 1990
1991 - 2000
2001 - Present

Member Services

The growth of co-op housing created a huge demand for information, education and services. In 1975, CHFT published the first manual for co-op housing directors. By 1990, CHFT and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada had set up the Co-op Housing Bookstore as a joint project. Since then, the Bookstore has produced 32 “plain language” publications on co-op management and community issues.

educationCHFT also provides education for co-op members and staff. Each year, CHFT offers two Education Events. These events bring co-op members from across our membership area together for a day of workshops and networking. As well, we offer portable workshops to cover topics such as What Makes a Good Board?, Chairing Skills and Financial Management.

Member co-ops can participate in Co-op Cost Cutters, a bulk-buying program. Co-ops receive discounts on energy saving appliances, paint, office equipment, natural gas and more. In 1996, CHFT introduced the Co-op Housing Investment Program (CHIP). Alterna Savings gives CHFT member co-ops higher rates on current accounts and term deposits.

CHFT staff is available to advise co-op boards, committees, members, and staff. Co-ops that belong to CHFT can request neutral chairs for difficult meetings and mediation services to resolve disputes between neighbours. CHFT also helps co-ops deal with government policy issues.


CHFT is a non-profit co-operative financed by membership fees from housing co-operatives. Each member co-op appoints a delegate to attend CHFT general members’ meetings. These delegates elect CHFT’s Board of Directors.

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Become a Member of CHFT

Non-profit housing co-ops in Toronto and southern York Region are welcome to become members of CHFT. We would be pleased to come to your co-op to tell you about the benefits of membership.

If you would like more information, please e-mail us at info@coophousing.com

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