Year Published: 1982
Organization profile published 1982
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2653
The July, 1982 edition of HEBDO-CO-OP is a special issue on housing co-ops in Quebec.
The main objective of rental housing co-ops in Quebec is to provide members with housing which meets their financial needs. Members manage the co-op themselves, usually through a general assembly meeting of members. In these self-managed co-ops, no one single individual is allowed to accumulate any equity from the housing, nor to profit from their rents. The housing is recognized as a basic right and necessity, not a commodity.
Until the late'60's, housing co-ops in Quebec were often than not simply construction co-ops whose activities would stop once the houses ere build.
In 1967, with the creation of the Societe D'Habitation du Quebec (SHQ - the Quebec Housing Corporation), the co-op moved changed. La Federation Co-op habitat was set up to build non-profit rental co-ops on a large scale, thereby creating a new kind of housing co-op.
The co-op housing movement has grown considerably in the past couple of years; more than three hundred co-ops have formed all over the province. Early on in their history, these new co-ops felt the need for common action in order to react more effectively to the different government programmes. The co-ops also wanted to exchange services and pool their experiences. At a provincial assembly held at Lac Sergent in October, 1979, the co-ops agreed that the development of the Quebec Housing co-op movement should depend on legally incorporated regional organizations and Co-operative Institutions gave the organization a subsidy in order to hire a staff person to develop the regional federation. More information about these regional organizations can be obtained from the publication.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.