Category: Co-op News

09 May 2017

Congratulations to our Award Winners

We had a great day of learning and fun at our Spring Congress. Click here for some photos from the event!

Congratulations to our award and scholarship winners:

  • Diversity Scholarship: Celeste Cassidy, The Shefford Heritage Housing Co-op
  • John & Susan McLean Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Co-operative Movement: Janice and David Burroughs, Westboro Housing Co-op
  • Geoff Robbins Award for Financial Excellence: Eileen Tallman Co-operative Homes of Ottawa-Carleton
08 Feb 2017

Nominations open for CHASEO awards!

Nominations are now open for CHASEO’s two awards:

  1. Annual Geoff Robbins Award for Financial Management Excellence

This prize is awarded annually to an Ottawa area co-op that shows good financial management. Co-ops are judged on arrears, vacancies, budget & financial records.

Geoff Robbins was a long-time activist and volunteer in Ottawa’s co-op housing community. A member of Daly Co-op, he served as CHASEO’s treasurer until his death in November 2005.


  1. John and Susan McLean Award for Outstanding Community Involvement

Each year, CHASEO honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the local co-op housing sector. Nominees can be involved in their co-op or the broader co-op housing movement. Nominate an outstanding volunteer from your co-op!  John & Susan McLean were long-term members of Sawmill Creek and were active in the Ottawa co-operative movement.

For nomination forms, please email

Please submit your nominations by March 14th, 2017.

All awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting.

01 Feb 2017

Can my co-op stop members from renting their units on Airbnb?

The website Airbnb, which allows people to rent out their home, room, or couch, on a short-term basis, has been criticized for cutting into cities’ already short supply of affordable housing.  Others are simply concerned that their neighbours may be allowing strangers into their building.

Is it possible for your co-op’s bylaws to protect against members renting out their homes on Airbnb or similar services?

Our template bylaw does address Airbnb style rentals in a way that should provide enough protection for the co-op, but you could strengthen these areas to meet your needs.

Note, it doesn’t fall under Article 8: “Members’ Households and Guests”, but rather under Article 6: “Use of Units”.

Here are a few examples of the protections included in the template bylaw:

6.2 Principal Residence
Each member must use the member’s co-op unit as the member’s principal residence and personally occupy it.
[This protects the co-op from an individual renting the unit for the sole purpose of renting it out]

6.3 (b) No rooming or boarding houses
Related uses do not include using a unit as a rooming house, or boarding house, or providing food or lodging for others or renting space or anything similar. Those uses are prohibited except for sub-occupancy and sharing permitted under this By-law.
[This is where the co-op could specify that members cannot offer their unit in an online based rental, à la Airbnb: we would encourage the co-op to refer to the rental act, and not specifically the name, so that if other such services pop up you don’t have to name them specifically]

6.5 No Profit from Unit
(a) When leaving co-op
Members must not profit, directly or indirectly, when they leave the co-op.
(b) Sub-occupancy or sharing
Members must not profit, directly or indirectly, when they allow others to use their unit. This includes sub-occupancy of the unit when the member is away or any sharing arrangement.
(c) Examples
Examples of profit are key money and placing too great a value on the furnishings of a unit. Profit does not include guests or sub-occupants paying their fair share of the housing charges and other household costs if it is not a hidden profit on the housing charges.
[This clause protects the co-op from members profiting from sub-letting their unit through Airbnb and the like. Again, you could include and example in these areas to strengthen the co-op’s position]

If your co-op would like help with your bylaws, please contact CHASEO, we are glad to assign a contractor to assist.

27 Oct 2016

Market your co-op with beautiful photos for only $300+HST

CHASEO is now offering a new service to help member co-ops market vacant units. We have contracted with a local photographer to take marketing photos that co-ops can use to give prospective members a look at your co-op.

The cost of a half-day (three hour) photography session is $300 +HST.  In this session, the photographer would be able to supply:

  • Exterior photos of the co-op
  • Photos of common areas
  • Photos of a vacant or staged unit if desired.

The photos below were taken by photographer Imogen Reid at Co-op d’habitation Voisins:

20 Oct 2016

I Heart My Co-op

Throughout 2015, CHASEO ran a whiteboard campaign that asked people to tell us what they love about their co-ops.

The answers were a simple yet powerful testament to the importance of housing co-ops in providing not only safe, affordable housing, but in fostering a sense of community.  Below are a sampling of Ottawa co-op residents and the reasons they love their co-ops: