Back to School Safely

Well, who knew we’d be adding “back to school in the middle of a global pandemic” to our list of things to do this year?

Here are a few things you can do to make the transition safely back to school:

  • Buy two sets of supplies, one for school and one for home, so that there’s no bringing stuff from school to home and vice versa.
  • Send your kids to school with already filled water bottles to avoid using school water fountains.
  • Purchase several masks in cute colours or patterns. This way, there’s always a clean one available if one is being washed. There’s a better chance they will wear the masks if they like them or think they are cute.
  • Attach the mask to a lanyard they can wear around their neck so that they don’t lose it when they aren’t wearing it.
  • Purchase extra pencil cases with individual pockets at the dollar store. Label each pocket for clean masks, dirty masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.
  • Remind your kids there is no sharing of food at recess/snack/lunchtime.
  • It’s a good idea to practice at home things like wearing a mask, handwashing/sanitizing and social distancing, so that they get more used to it before school.
  • Talk to your kids and understand that they may have more anxiety than usual about going back to school this year.

Tips and guidelines from the Government of Canada
BC’s Back to School Plan

AGM August 27

Normally, we hold our AGM before the summer, but COVID took care of that. The CHHC AGM will take place Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm, and it will be hybrid of in-person (max 15 because of social distancing) and online using Zoom.

If you are new to Zoom, you can download the program here. Zoom works on your desktop/laptop, on your mobile device or your tablet. Click here to join the meeting, and here’s a video that shows you how to do it.

Agendas and Financial Statements should have been delivered to your door by now.

BC Emergency Benefit

From an email from Spencer Chandra Herbert:

Who is eligible for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers?

  • To be eligible for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers you must:
    • have a valid Social Insurance Number,
    • be eligible for and approved to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
    • be a resident of B.C. on March 15, 2020
    • have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return
    • be at least 15 years old on the date you apply
    • not be receiving provincial Income Assistance or Disability Assistance
      • The Province will provide everyone receiving income or disability assistance who is not receiving EI or the CERB will automatically receive a $300 COVID-19 Crisis Supplement on their cheques for the next three months, starting in April. This includes people receiving a Comforts Allowance or the B.C. Senior’s Supplement.
  • This includes people who have run out of employment insurance (EI) benefits and are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  • This includes people who are self-employed and had to close their business or reduce their hours and are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  • If eligible, payments will start to go out within days of approval.

You can apply for this benefit online today, or by phone starting Monday, May 4th.

The benefit is a one-time only tax free payment of $1000.

Virtual Town Hall Tonight

CHF -BC is hosting a virtual town hall tonight, April 22, at 6pm for housing co-ops.

The webinar will include:

  • impact of COVID-19 on co-op operations
  • Health and safety advice for members and staff
  • Government assistance for co-ops and co-op members
  • Board and member meetings in a virtual world
  • CHF BC services during a pandemic

Register here. If you can’t make the meeting tonight, a recording will be posted on their website.

Update from COHO

A message from Christine Wyse, Coordinator, Coal Harbour Housing Co-operative

As the office is closed until further notice, please direct all office correspondence to

Submitting forms will need be put on hold for now, please keep the Home Owner Grant forms because the originals will be required when regular mail pick up can begin.

Cheques can be mailed to COHO at the address below. COHO has also set up a temporary eTransfer address if you prefer to use transfers while the office is closed.

The new rental supplement offered by the province does not apply to provincial Co-op programs. If you are not in a subsidized unit and are facing financial hardship, feel free to get in touch to see what options are available.

220-1651 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y3


Announcing a new Seniors Program

A new phone line and website has been announced by the B.C. government to support seniors living at home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “Please do not be afraid, but please stay home and get help,” said B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie alongside Minister of Health Adrian Dix.
The call line, 2-1-1, is intended to connect elderly British Columbians with people who can offer support. Services offered through the 2-1-1 line will include meal delivery, help with cooking, delivery of groceries and medications, wellness calls, and visits.
If you would like to offer your help to this program please visit:


COVID-19 Information for CHHC

As you are well aware, as of March 12, 2020, COVID-19 was deemed a world-wide pandemic by The World Health Organization.

This affects us, and all other Canadians, very deeply.

For now, we all must play our part. That means:

  • Social isolation: maintaining a distance of 6 feet between people with whom you are not living with, staying in your unit, only going out for exercise or supplies on a weekly basis.
  • Practicing good hygiene: washing your hands, wearing masks and gloves if needed while shopping, etc. Cleaning hard surfaces with a mixture that includes alcohol.
  • Taking care of our neighbours: we live in a cooperative, check in on your neighbours and make sure they are okay and if you are going out, if you can pick up for them items they need.

Many are experiencing loss of work and loss of income due to this pandemic.

Please see below for links to help:

Finally, please join our private CHHC Facebook group, where you can, for example, ask for help with groceries or supplies.

Stay safe!!


February Events, 2020

Welcome to the month of love!

Here’s hoping we see more of the stuff we love (ie sunshine) and less of the stuff we don’t love (ie the white stuff).

We also celebrate Family Day this month, along with the rest of the country. Get out and do something fun.

Here’s what’s happening in the ‘hood this month: