Who can qualify for membership?
Membership in a housing co-operative is open to anyone who can use the services offered by the co-operative and who is willing to take on the responsibility to participate in the management and operations of it. At Artspace, this can include volunteering by becoming a member of a committee, regularly attending general membership meetings or contributing in a way that suits your interests, ability, timeline and skills.
First - Is co-op housing right for you?
Potential members are encouraged to research housing co-ops.
Northern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association (NACHA) http://www.nacha.ca/
Canadian Housing Federation (CHF)
Has an extensive section under 'Education' with on-line courses, and print material. http://www.chfcanada.coop/eng/pages2007/home.asp
Canada Mortgage and Housing -
A lengthy document that looks at housing co-ops in general in Canada.
2. Attend an information session for housing co-ops in the area you wish to live
Attend NACHA orientation workshop
contact: http://www.nacha.ca/ or 780-482-6128 (attending this information session is required to apply at Artspace). Keep your receipt!
3. Check out the co-op(s) you are interested in
If you are interested in Artspace, book an appointment to see a vacant unit (if available) by calling the co-op office at
780-426-3472 (Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
4. Follow the application process Application Form
Someone from Membership or our office staff will contact you for the rest of the process.
Most frequently asked question:
How much is the rent (housing charges)?
Housing charges <a.k.a. rent> are based on our expenses. There are no hidden costs, and we are of non-profit status. Housing charges are our portion of the mortgage, utilities, maintenance, staff costs, saving for future maintenance costs and so forth)
Currently we have subsidies, but as the rules are changing over the next 5 years, we are unsure how we will handle persons with lower incomes. The federal government will need to make decisions about keeping housing co-ops across Canada affordable housing. We don't have answers to this dilemma just yet.
How long will I have to wait to be housed?
There is no set answer to how long an approved applicant waits for housing. Our wait list is constantly changing. It is extremely important to be in touch with the Co-op with any changes in contact information, as well as income and/or the number of bedrooms needed as this could affect your place on the wait list. We need to fill vacant units quickly and time is of the essence, we will only try to reach you a couple of times, then we need to move to the next person on the list.