Serving Co-ops in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and Brantford

Co-op Board Support

Our programs and services are designed to support co-op boards for operational stability, provide sector representation and celebrate their successes.

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Co-op Member Support

We provide our members with opportunity, community engagement and support in following the co-operative principles for a better way of life.

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Who We Are

The Central Ontario Co-operative Housing Federation (COCHF) is a co-operative association made up of member housing co-ops and related organizations in the Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo Regions.

COCHF is financed by annual membership dues, fees for services and revenue shared by CHF Canada.

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“I don’t think there is any future unless we build institutions of mutual assistance to guide and unite us in our day-to-day lives. Co-operatives are better than any institution I know to get this job done.”
— Mark Goldblatt, Co-op Leader and Visionary

Our Programs

Diversity Scholarship

COCHF supports diversity in our community and the student members that work to represent that diversity are eligible to apply for scholarship awards.

Co-operative Young Leaders

This week-long camp brings young people together from all across Ontario to learn about and practice communication and leadership through co-operative activities.

Century of Co-operation

COCHF recognizes and honours our long-standing members by celebrating milestone anniversaries every year.

Co-op Cost Cutters

Co-op Cost Cutters is a buying program with a wide variety of products and services that every co-op can use. The program saves co-ops time and money and strengthens our community.


Our Services


We take an active role at all levels of government, lobbying for fair housing that works for everyone. We partner with CHF Canada to represent the interests of co-ops through legislative changes and new policies that affect co-ops in our regions.

Management, Board & Governance Support

From time to time co-ops run into difficulty and we are here to help. COCHF answers questions on co-op by-laws and policy, day-to-day matters, community issues, planning, and other co-op related concerns.

Conflict & Mediation Services

When co-ops have exhausted trying to handle the conflict on their own we can provide mediators for disputes between individuals or groups in the co-op. COCHF has skilled facilitators that can help your co-op work through issues and provide advice to the board about handling conflict.

Meeting Support & Chairing

COCHF can provide an experienced chairperson for a members meeting or board meeting where an impartial chairperson is needed. This includes difficult meetings and special meetings.

COCHF is one of five regional co-operative housing federations that make up the OCHF group