Category: Co-op News

09 Oct 2019

Carpenter Co-op Seeking Board Member!

Carpenter Co-op, located in the South end of Ottawa, is seeking an external member for their Board of Directors. Carpenter Co-op is fortunate to have a diverse membership, a forward-thinking Board, and excellent management. Carpenter Co-op’s Board is a governance Board that meets for 2 hours per month.

Interested parties should send their resume to no later than end of day Wednesday, November 20th.

26 Sep 2019

Fall Education Day 2019

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Brochure here

November 16, 2019  9-4:30
Carleton University, Richcraft Hall

Day at a Glance

Registration – 8:30 am to 9:00 am
Plenary – 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Morning Workshop – 10:15 am to 12:30 pm

  1. Agency Reports: Tools for Smarter Federal Co-ops
  2. Rapports de l’Agence : Outils pour des coopératives fédérales
  3. HSA Co-ops: City of Ottawa 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan Consultation & Review

Lunch– 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Getting the word out: The Co-op Difference!
  • Parlez-en: la différence de la coopération!
  • Long-term financial planning for co-op communities

Registration includes lunch, coffee, and snacks.

Register Early! Register by November 1st to take advantage of our early bird discount!

Bonus Offer – Bring A Friend! Register 2 or more attendees from your co-op and get 30% off the cost of your registration. Offer does not apply to Young member rate.

Cancellation Policy Cancellations will be subject to a $25 administration fee. Cancellations must be received at our office at least 5 business days prior to the event. Please try to find a replacement- there is no charge to register a replacement.


Post-Election Round-Up

After a fast-paced fall election, join Courtney Lockhart, CHF Canada’s Program Manager, Policy and Government Relations, for a survey of the new political landscape: What does our recently formed federal government look like? And what is the potential for future federal housing policy?

We’ll also discuss how co-op members can continue to engage with their newly elected (or re-elected) MPs using the Include Co-op campaign, to advocate for strong and sustainable housing policies, such as maintaining rental assistance programs, and supporting co-op development.

Morning Workshops

Agency Reports: Tools for Smarter Federal Co-ops*

Do you know if your co-op is at high risk of running out of money? Is your co-op charging enough to members to cover its costs every year and save for the future? Does your co-op have vacancy or arrears problems? What happens if your board is not abiding by the rules of operation set up by CMHC?

The Agency provides its clients (which are federal co-ops) with four reports each year that touch on these vital questions.  We will review them in detail and show you what to look for and how to get better results. For co-ops coming to the end of their agreement, we will introduce other useful reports including a long-term financial planning tool and our Annual Health Check Service.
*This workshop will be offered in English and in French.

HSA Co-ops: City of Ottawa 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan Consultation & Review

Join representatives from the City of Ottawa as they review the City’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness plan, now at the mid-way mark. If you have not had the opportunity to provide input, or are interested in the progress on this plan, don’t pass up on this chance to have your say!

Afternoon Workshops

Getting the word out: The co-op difference! *

As co-op housing members you take pride in the positive role you play in your co-op community, in your surrounding neighbourhood, and in the larger community. But it can be challenging to explain how co-ops function and why we do things the way we do. The Co-op Act, the International Co-operative Principles, and your co-op bylaws and policies spell it all out, but they don’t make it any easier to explain the essentials to new members or people on the street! Using practical ideas and activities, we’ll talk about how you can become a strong co-op advocate—so that your members and your community understand and appreciate the co-op difference!
*This workshop will be offered in English and in French.

Long-term financial planning for co-op communities

As operating agreements and mortgages come to an end, housing co-ops have to juggle aging buildings, new-build projects and limited funds. Now more than ever, long-term planning plays a critical role in sustaining our aging co-op housing stock. We’ve developed tools and expertise to help your co-op address these needs. We’ll provide you with an in-depth look into asset and financial planning to help you ensure the long-term success and viability of our co-op buildings and communities.

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12 Jul 2019


(Annonce français ici-bas)

On behalf of the Board of Directors

July 11, 2019

It is with sadness that I announce Executive Director Céline Carrière will be leaving CHASEO. She has an exciting new opportunity to grow her career in the community housing sector, and I ask that you join myself and the CHASEO Board of Directors in thanking her for her service and wishing her all the best.

I admit that I felt a sense of panic when she broke the news to the members of CHASEO’s Board. Céline has worked tirelessly for the past 7.5 years serving you – CHASEO members and partners – helping each of us to create better, stronger communities, while challenging us all to be better co-operative members.

The Board and Céline have created a plan to hire the next Executive Director to best serve you and your co-operative. Further information about the job posting will be available in the next few weeks.

Céline will continue to work for you until her departure on August 9, 2019 and CHASEO’s office will remain open as usual to serve you during this time of transition.

As a member of a housing co-operative, you know change can be scary. But change is also an opportunity for fresh ideas and new partnerships. Please be assured your CHASEO Board of Directors is working hard on your behalf to ensure CHASEO continues to offer you the best services possible.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you Céline. Thank you so much for everything.
~Michelle Tribe, Board PresidentA few words from Céline:

I would like to offer my deepest and most sincere thank you to all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to work with in my time at CHASEO.  I take with me the incredible lessons I’ve learned about co-operation, compassion, partnerships and people. I count myself so very lucky to have been able to serve the CHASEO membership as I have, and I look forward to keeping in touch!  There are so many wonderful opportunities for housing co-ops, and I know that CHASEO will continue to lead, serve and support its members.

Thank you for everything.

De la part du conseil d’administration

C’est avec tristesse que j’annonce aujourd’hui que Céline Carrière, notre directrice générale, quittera bientôt l’AHCEO.  Elle a accepté une nouvelle opportunité dans le secteur du logement communautaire, et je vous demande de vous joindre à moi et au conseil d’administration de l’AHCEO pour la remercier de ses services et lui souhaiter le meilleur des succès.

J’avoue que j’ai eu un sentiment de panique quand elle a annoncé les nouvelles aux membres du conseil d’administration de l’AHCEO. Céline a travaillé sans relâche au cours des 7,5 dernières années au service des membres et des partenaires de l’association pour aider chacun de nous à créer des communautés meilleures et plus fortes, tout en nous mettant au défi de devenir de meilleurs membres coopératifs.

Le conseil d’administration et Céline ont mis au point un plan d’embauche du prochain directeur/directrice général(e) afin qu’on puisse continuer à offrir un service exceptionnel à votre coopérative. De plus amples informations sur l’offre d’emploi seront disponibles dans les prochaines semaines.

Céline continuera à travailler pour vous jusqu’à son départ le 9 août, 2019 et le bureau de CHASEO restera ouvert comme d’habitude pour vous servir pendant cette période de transition.

En tant que membre d’une coopérative d’habitation, vous savez bien que le changement peut être effrayant. Mais le changement est aussi une opportunité pour de nouvelles idées et de nouveaux partenariats. Soyez assurés que le conseil d’administration de l’AHCEO travaille avec acharnement pour que l’AHCEO continue à vous offrir les meilleurs services possibles.

Je suis reconnaissante d’avoir eu l’occasion de travailler avec vous, Céline. Merci beaucoup pour tout.

~Michelle Tribe, Présidente du conseil d’administration

Quelques mots de Céline:

Je tiens à exprimer mes plus sincères remerciements à toutes les personnes formidables avec lesquelles j’ai eu le plaisir de travailler pendant mon séjour à l’AHCEO. J’apporte avec moi des leçons incroyables que j’ai apprises au sujet de la coopération, la compassion, les partenariats et la collectivité. Je me considère très chanceuse d’avoir pu servir les membres de l’AHCEO et je promets de rester en contact! Il y a tellement de possibilités formidables pour les coopératives d’habitation et je sais que l’AHCEO continuera à diriger, servir et soutenir ses membres.

Merci pour tout.

10 May 2019

2018 Annual Report

The year 2018 was one of continued success for CHASEO. We saw another year of membership growth, new service development and improvements to existing services, all with a focus on our mission to lead, serve and support housing co-operatives across Eastern Ontario. Our work through 2018 focused on increasing the value that CHASEO provides to our members while setting our sights on future success.  We’re pleased to report of our successes and achievements through the year. Please see our Annual Report for more details.

As the cooperative housing movement in Canada worked to set out its vision of “Co-operative housing for all” in 2018, CHASEO, too, looked to the future. The Board of Directors, in consultation with members and sector partners, worked to develop a new, ambitious strategic plan for 2019-2022. We look forward to what this exciting new plan will bring, and we invite our membership along on what is sure to be a exciting journey.

Thank you for your patronage and your membership!



22 Apr 2019

Housing Manager Collective Seeking Housing Manager!

Housing Manager Collective is seeking a Housing Manager who has a strong interest in community housing to join their growing team. Housing Managers Collective supports the success of co-operative communities through sound management:

  • We provide housing management and community development services to co-operative housing communities in Eastern Ontario.
  • Our management services are based on CHF Canada’s 5 core management standards that ensure sound management, good governance, and a sustainable future.
  • We work together with the board of directors and members to develop and deliver services to help you build strong, caring and sustainable communities.
  • We are committed to lifelong learning.
  • We continue to be very proud of our engagement and contributions to the non-profit and co-operative housing sectors and broader co-operative movement.
    The Housing Manager will will ensure the overall good standing of the assigned facility and provide administrative support, maintenance administration and financial management. This includes accounts receivables and payable, member / tenant and corporate administration services, property management, community and governance support.

    The skills & experiences needed to be successful in this position are:

    • One to three years’ experience in administration providing clerical duties, ensuring timely processing. (Maintaining site documents, filing, data entry/word processing, and third-party correspondence),
    • Experience in accounting administration an asset (accounts payable / receivable, maintaining accounting files),
    • Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software including MS Excel; MS WORD, MS PowerPoint; MS Access,
    • Education and Training in business administration, or other post-secondary education in a related field,
    • Good organization and time management skills,
    • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills. Able to effectively communicate with clients//members both in person and via mail / email,
    • Strong leadership skills and ability to work independently,
    • Excellent written and spoken English mandatory for the position.
    • Ability to communicate in French.
      Housing Managers Collective is committed to providing staff with a positive work environment, a rewarding career with a growing organization, Long-term career growth. If you’d like to be a member of thier growing team please email your resume to

      • Full-time and Part-time positions are available.
      • Some evening work will be required.
      • Salary commensurate with experience.