COCHF MISSION STATEMENT
We build strong communities together by offering quality services and education guided by the International Co-operative Principles to our member housing co-ops, in partnership with other supporting organizations.
ABOUT THE FEDERATION
We currently have 41 member organizations that represent over 2,900 units of member controlled co-operative housing located in Brantford, Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo.
Central Ontario Co-operative Housing Federation (COCHF) was incorporated in 1992 under the Co-operative Corporations Act. Our member organizations include: housing co-operatives, student housing co-operatives, co-op staff association(s), and resource groups (co-op housing developers/managers).
Like a housing co-op, the federation has a volunteer board elected by the membership which looks after governance of the federation. COCHF employees one staffperson to provide day-to-day management.
Operations of the federation are funded mainly from dues paid by members and fees charged for some services. Income is also generated from member use of the Co-op Cost Cutters and CHIP programs.
COCHF was founded by housing co-operatives in its region to provide services to housing co-ops, to represent housing co-ops to the public and to governments, and provide a means for co-ops to network with each other.
In the beginning, the federation’s primary service was its education program. Over the years, the federation has developed additional services to support good governance & sound management. Services are generally provided only for COCHF members – most of which are financed from member dues. Fees-for-services include portable workshop training, education conferences, consulting assistance, and chairing services. These services are also available at non-member fee rates. The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada services for housing co-operatives can be found on the CHF Canada website.