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The GHCHF is a member-based, democratic, non-profit organization which acts as a collective voice for housing co-ops and associated organizations in the Hamilton / Niagara Regions.

The GHCHF is financed by annual member dues, fees for services, revenue sharing with CHF Canada, and contracts for special projects.

The Golden Horseshoe Co-operative Housing Federation currently has 50 members: 47 Housing Co-operatives, 2 Service Managers, and 1 Staff association. We also have 5 associate, non- voting, members

We have 9 Directors, 7 elected by our housing co-op members, 1 nominated by the Property Management Companies and 1 elected by the Staff Association.

Member co-ops can send delegates to our Member's meetings and our Annual Member's Meeting held each January.



The federation was founded in 1986 as the Co-operative Housing Federation of Hamilton and, in 1994, changed its name to The Golden Horseshoe Co-operative Housing Federation to better reflect its expansion to include member co-ops throughout the Niagara Peninsula.

The following Mission Statement has been established:

represent co-operative housing to governments and the general public.

promote the co-operative housing movement and co-op principles in the Hamilton / Niagara Regions.

share skills and information within the co-operative housing community.

promote relevant education within the Federation to members and non-members.

The GHCHF provides management, consultation and educational services to co-op members and co-ordinates political lobbying at all levels of government. In addition, we provide a resource library, co-ordinated "bulk purchasing", financial services, staff resources and consulting. A newsletter is published and an update with time-sensitive information is emailed to members when needed. A neutral chair service is also available for difficult meetings.


Contact Information






Postal address

36 Keefer Court Unit 1A

Hamilton, Ont. L8E 4V4

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