Category: Co-op News

01 Nov 2018

Castlefrank Co-operative Homes Inc. Request for Proposals

Castlefrank Co-operative Homes Inc. located at 1 Torcastle Way, is requesting Bids from experienced companies to provide co-op management. Castlefrank Co-operative Homes Inc. has 64 residential units and is operated under the Section 95 Operating Agreement administered by the Agency for Co-operative Housing. Persons or firms submitting bids must be experienced in property management of non-profit co-operative housing, government funding programs, and operating agreements, as applicable.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pmFriday, November 16, 2018.

Please address submissions to:
Castlefrank Co-operative Homes Incorporated
C/O CHASEO
225 Metcalfe St, Suite 311
Ottawa, ON  K2P 1P9

For more information regarding Castlefrank Co-operative Homes Inc. and tender terms, please see documents here.

16 Oct 2018

Homestarts Seeking Member Service Coordinator

Homestarts is non-profit organization providing services to close to 100 housing co-operatives and non-profit housing organizations throughout Ontario. Their staffing team of close to 170 dedicated professionals work hard to deliver the management, maintenance, restoration and development services their clients need.

They are currently recruiting two Member Services Coordinators in Ottawa to work at one or more housing co-operatives in Ottawa . This is a full time position: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work related to board and membership meetings may be required. They are looking for an individual with:

  • A solid work ethic and a commitment to collaboration and consultation
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully with groups
  • Good verbal & written communication skills
  • The ability to prioritize, multi-task and handle stress in a busy environment
  • The ability to work independently and to work as a team member
  • A working knowledge of standard computer software and internet use;
  • Experience working with people whose primary language is not English / French
  • An understanding of the importance of safe, secure and affordable housing
  • An understanding of democratic, community-based organizations where members are involved in the organizational decision-making process

They will view positively applicants who have experience with:

  • Co-op and or non-profit housing operations
  • Housing management/administration/marketing
  • Rent-geared-to-subsidy program administration
  • NewViews,Yardi, HMWorx and or other property management software

Homestarts provides their staff with:

  • Salary Commensurate
  • A comprehensive benefits package health, dental, life and critical illness
  • RRSP plus vacation entitlement starting at 3 weeks per year and increasing annually.
  • We also provide a strong and ongoing training, education and professional development program.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)Homestarts is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

PLEASE NOTE : Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Customer Service: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Administration: 2 years (Preferred)
15 Oct 2018

Cumberland Housing Corporation Seeking Management Assistant

Cumberland Housing Corporation is seeking a mature English-speaking Management Assistant (French language skills an asset).

MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Permanent contract position,
20 hours a week – Monday to Friday 9 – 3,
$14.50 / Hour. (negotiable)

Tasks will be performed in a confidential environment and can include accurate basic and advanced office and financial management. Computer Fluency is essential.

Interest applicants should forward resume to cumbhous@rogers.com

07 May 2018

Make Co-ops an Election Priority!

Ontario’s provincial election will take place on June 7th, 2018

Come meet the candidates in your riding and ensure co-op voices are heard!

Ottawa-Centre: Cartier Square, May 22nd at 7:00 pm (flyer | bulletin)

Ottawa-Vanier: Co-op Voisins, May 23rd at 7:30 pm (flyer | bulletin)

Ottawa-West Nepean: Andy Andras Housing Co-operative, May 31st at 7:00 pm (flyer | bulletin)

You can also find more information in our Special Edition Elections Newsletter here or CHF Canada’s election information site here.

If you are attending CHF Canada’s AGM:
Please note that you will be in Victoria, B.C. during the election. Register early at https://www.elections.on.ca/en/voting-in-ontario/voter-registration.html to ensure you have the chance to vote!

01 Nov 2017

Co-op Jeanneville shows how co-ops can maintain francophone culture

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Although it’s just off the busy Vanier Parkway, Jeanneville Co-op feels like an oasis in the city.

With 33 townhouse-style units surrounded by lush gardens, this co-op was founded to provide quality homes for francophone families from Vanier. Its founder, Michel Riel, was also president of Co-op de LaSalle, which sits on Michel Riel Private, named after him.

The spirit of la francophonie is still alive and well at Jeanneville, whose members are proud to live in a francophone environment and to be helping French language and culture thrive in Ottawa.

Léopold Lévesque, a founding member of the co-op, speaks of the particular friendly relationship that exists among francophones. Mme. Brousseau, who has been a member for 27 years, agrees, saying, “We’re at home here.”

Joelle Bernard Cloutier, of the management company Gest-Co, manages Jeanneville. “People get involved and take care of the co-op,” she says, “It’s a family atmosphere.” She adds that members at Jeanneville see a future in their co-op and the co-op movement, and are engaged in finding long-term solutions to protect co-op housing.

The co-op has recently undertaking refinancing, and will be starting work in spring 2018 on replacing siding and insulation in its units, and doing electrical and plumbing work. It’s a logical step for a co-op where members take a clear pride in maintaining their homes and the co-op grounds.

Jeanneville received funding through CHF Canada’s Greener Co-op Microgrant program. This allowed the co-op to install rain barrels that keep its gardens looking great in a sustainable way.

Co-op members also demonstrate concern for their community. For example, co-op president Louise Joa mentioned having recently organized a linen drive for Edgewood Care Centre, a nearby residential care facility for people with mental and physical challenges.

Co-operative values animate life at Jeanneville. As Mme. Brousseau puts it, “We work well together, and take care of one another.”

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