The two main co-op models Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative CERC and Community Managed Co-operative CMC are bothinvolved in the planning for their housing future and the future of the CEHL Housing Program.

What's the difference between the Co-op models?

The two models differ in the responsibilities that are carried out by the co-op and the level of active involvement required by their members.

Co-op model Member involvement Select co-op members Influence Housing Program Manage co-op governance Manage Tenancy, Finance & Maintenance

CMC Medium


Co-ops are run by members, for members

Each co-op is an independent organisation that meets the needs of it's own community. The focus, culture and requirements for active involvement of members will vary from co-op to co-op.


  • manage governance and planning for their co-op's and member's needs
  • have a say in the CEHL Housing Program and in decisions that affect their members housing
    • elect co-op member representative to the CEHL Board
    • input into Program Policies and key Program matters
  • member co-ops may also act as landlord by managing tenancies, finances and maintenance (these functions are managed by CEHL for CMC's)

How CEHL works with Co-ops

CEHL provides :

  • training and resourcing co-ops
  • management of a portfolio of properties
  • program management and administration and reports to government

CEHL offers additional services that co-ops may choose to take up on a fee for service basis eg: book-keeping