Co-operative Law

Community bonds turn social capital into financial capital

May 6th, 2024 by Ken Farrell

Community bonds not only help raise funds for specific projects, but can also help contribute to the long-term social health of a community.

The Centre for Social Innovation on Spadina Ave. in Toronto. Credit: CSI Credit: CSI

A community bond is a financing tool used by social-purpose entities like charities, non-profits, and co-op, for raising money, and by investors who want to see their money put to good use while still earning a return on investment. Continue reading “Community bonds turn social capital into financial capital”

Iler Campbell Attends 2024 Winter Workshops Conference!

January 26th, 2024 by Iler Campbell LLP

On Saturday, January 27, 2024, CHF will be hosting about three hundred co-op members who will be attending the Winter Workshops Conference and AGM. We’re proud to participate in this unique opportunity that sheds light on all aspects of a housing co-op’s operations.

Safia Lakhani will be discussing co-op evictions, specifically, the ins and outs of a co-ops internal process, which is followed by the process at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Michael Hackl will be discussing the balance between an individual’s rights to consume and grow cannabis and a co-ops rights to institute controls over production. More on Safia and Michael’s workshops can be read here. 

If you’re attending this years event, we welcome you to say hello!

CHFT Honours Brian Iler as Honorary Lifetime Member

January 5th, 2024 by Iler Campbell LLP

Last month, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto honoured Brian Iler of Iler Campbell LLP as an Honorary Lifetime Member in recognition of his years of service providing legal advice to co-ops and non-profits in Ontario. You can watch his acceptance speech here.  Celia Chandler, of CHFT, also wrote this piece in recognition of Brian’s achievement. We are so proud of all of Brian’s work in the sector, and extend our congratulations to him!

Hoarding – a human rights obstacle in housing

October 31st, 2023 by Hunter Stone

Hoarding is more complex than a simple housing issue. It is a recognized psychological disorder and therefore has human rights implications where it comes to accommodation and housing.

An example of hoarding. Credit: Donald Trung Quoc Don / Wikimedia Commons

Items piled as high as your eyes and the decay of takeout containers scattered throughout the unit; it’s a view we tune into for entertainment purposes on shows like “Hoarders: Buried Alive”. However, this type of unit condition is all too familiar for many housing providers across Ontario and the challenges which come from navigating it.

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Is co-ownership the solution to the housing affordability crisis?

April 10th, 2023 by Ken Farrell

We can’t address the housing affordability crisis without talking about the failures of the wealth redistribution system.

Frame of a roof with a white sign that has ‘Housing Now’ painted in black. Credit: Cathy Crowe / Cathy Crowe

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Congratulations to Celia!

February 1st, 2023 by Iler Campbell LLP

Iler Campbell LLP congratulates Celia on her appointment as deputy executive director of CHFT. Celia’s long-standing commitment to the co-operative housing sector make her an excellent choice for this role! We are so pleased that Celia will be continuing her work in housing and look forward to continuing our relationship with her in this new capacity.