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February 2021 newsletter


Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario/ Association d'habitation Coopérative de l'est ontarien

In This Issue:

  1. February is Black History Month 
  2. A word from CHASEO Director, Hayley Millington on Black History Month 
  3. Lunch and Learn 
  4. Temporary Rental Assistance 
  5. Modern Day Heroes : People who are making a difference 
  6. Honoring the role of the Black entrepreneur event
  7. Upcoming Events 


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February is Black History Month

Black History Month celebrated the achievements and contributions people of African descent have made to the tapestry that is Canada.  It provides all Canadians with the opportunity to learn more about the diversity of the Black Experience in our country. 


Black History Month

February 1, 2021 ( Words from CHASEO Director Hayley Millington) 

During the month of February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month (BHM) activities and events that honour and recognize the legacy of Black Canadians, both past and present.

For 2021, as February approaches, the focus centers on Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share and Act, which recognizes the important legacy of people of African descent and the long-standing history in the development of Canada.

February signals a time for Canadians to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history have contributed to Canada’s rich mosaic.

It is important to bring awareness to the fact that persons of African descent have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and its identity since the arrival of Mathieu Da Costa, a free black man who acted as a navigator and interpreter for the Europeans back in the early 1600s.
Notably, the role of people of African descent in Canada has not always been highlighted in Canada’s historical landscape. As such, we see little mention of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes and that they were people of African descent. Not to mention the patriotism and sacrifices made in wartime by soldiers of African descent as far back as the War of 1812.

Surprisingly enough, few Canadians are aware of the fact that African people were once enslaved in the territory that is now referred to as Canada. Furthermore, they are unaware, that those who fought enslavement also helped to lay the foundation of Canada’s diverse and inclusive society.

Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.

The commemoration of Black History Month dates back to 1926, when Harvard-educated African American historian Carter G. Woodson proposed setting aside a time devoted to honour the accomplishments of African Americans and to heighten awareness of Black history in the United States. This led to the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926. Celebrations of Black history began in Canada also shortly thereafter. During the early 1970s, the week became known as Black History Week. It was expanded into Black History Month in 1976.

In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.

In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced the Motion to Recognize Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month. The motion received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008.

The adoption of this motion completed Canada’s parliamentary position on Black History Month.
With all that being said I encourage you to take some time and delve into the History of people of African descent… Black History Matters.
Hayley Millington
UNE National Equity Representative for Racially Visible People

Hayley also participated earlier in a panel representing housing and other issues please visit 
Carleton Hosts Healthy City Panel – Imagining a Just City


CHASEO will be hosting its second Lunch & Learn training on February 17, 2021, from 12 pm to 1 pm with Alia Abaya from Alterna Saving.          Topic: Reserve Fund SOS Workshop

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New One-time Temporary Rental Assistance for Housing Providers with Federal Operating Agreements Expiring Before April 1, 2016

--March 1 Application Deadline--
Special one-time rental assistance is now available for non-profit and community housing providers whose federal operating agreements ended prior to April 1, 2016

In 2016, the federal government provided a two-year bridge funding for non-profit and co-operative housing organizations whose operating agreements with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) ended between April 1, 2016 and April 1, 2018. Subsequently, the Federal Community Housing Initiative, phase 2 (FCHI-2) was launched, extending this support to March 2028.
Housing providers whose CMHC agreement(s) ended before April 1, 2016 were not eligible for this funding. CHRA, in partnership with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada), have advocated since this time to provide assistance to housing providers whose agreements expired prior to April 1, 2016.

In order to support these housing organizations and provide affordable accommodations to individuals and families of low income, CMHC has confirmed that they will offer one-time temporary rental assistance for eligible non-profits and co-operative housing providers. This assistance will be administered on behalf of CMHC by the Community Housing Transformation Centre for the non-profit sector, and the Agency for Co-operative Housing for the co-op sector. Read an announcement from the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, the Hon. Ahmed Hussen.

This funding will provide up to 12 months of rental assistance for some of the eligible non-profits and co-ops excluded from the Federal Community Housing Initiative (FCHI). Eligible housing providers will need to apply to receive this funding – eligibility and application details can be found below.

In the meantime, CHRA and CHF Canada are continuing discussions with CMHC on how to provide longer-term support for providers with expired Operating Agreements prior to April 1, 2016. Those discussions are continuing, and so there is no announcement nor guarantee of longer-term support in that regard yet.

The deadline to apply for this one-time assistance is March 1, 2021. Housing providers can cancel their enrolment later, if desired, so we recommend enrolling.

For more information about this opportunity, and to complete the enrolment process, visit either of the following websites:

Modern-Day Heroes: People Who Are Making a Difference

Throughout 2021, CHASEO would like to identify and recognize modern-day heroes—members who have made and make a difference in their communities. We want to recognize these outstanding individuals and to tell their story as an inspiration to others.

A modern-day hero is someone who acts for others before themselves by nature. They do not require fancy costumes or cars but simply a need to help.

Essential Questions to ask yourself when you nominate an individual as a hero:

  • What does it mean to make a difference in your community?
  • What are some characteristics of people who have made or are making a difference in their communities?
  • Enduring Understandings
    “People can make a difference by helping others and solving problems.”
    “Everyone can be a hero by standing up for what he or she believes.”
  • The goal is to encourage activism and awareness and enable members to think about what they, as individuals, can do to make a difference in their community.
  • Take a moment to nominate a member for demonstrating one of the co-op principles: cooperation, collaboratives, concern for the community, and caring for others.
  • Once a month, we will review and select a story to share in the monthly newsletters. Those selected – the person nominates, and the Member Hero will win a $50 Gift Cards.

Nominate! Engage! Recognize! Celebrate!

For more information visit

February 18th 1:00pm-2:30pm

Honouring the Role of the Black Entrepreneur and their vital contribution to addressing the generational wealth gap for Black families

Register Here

Alterna Savings is honoured to host an afternoon conversation with five incredible community leaders on the topics of generational wealth, entrepreneurship, BIPOC communities and how we can work together to continue to improve economic equality and representation.
Research has shown us that entrepreneurs are vital to a healthy economy. Entrepreneurs address unmet needs and try to fill them with new goods or services. They drive economic growth and movement in communities, and in difficult economic times, entrepreneurs help by creating jobs and finding unique and creative ways to provide society with the goods and services they desire.
We know that there is a significant wage gap for Black families and that access to assets and legacy creation is challenging.
In our session, Honouring the Role of the Black Entrepreneur, you are invited to explore with us
• The role of Black entrepreneurs in addressing the generational wealth gap and asset building in Black families.
• What legacy and resilience look like.
• How can financial literacy and education support entrepreneurship and building equity and generational wealth.
• How we can support more Black families through the financial system and what products and tools should be available to meet the community's needs and build their wealth.
• Entrepreneurship and unleashing community wealth through entrepreneurship for Black Canadians, employee ownership, innovative solutions in Black ownership.
• How Black entrepreneurs have supported asset building for Black families.
Key Topics:
1. There are gaps in generational wealth for Black Canadians – hear shared insights on the significance of missing generational wealth and its role in the oppression of communities.
2. The role of Entrepreneurship in addressing the generational wealth gap for Black families – lived experience as an entrepreneur.
3. The importance of Entrepreneurship in building generational wealth, programs, and financial literacy.
For more visit our site.
Upcoming Events: 
CHASEO Lunch and Learn event - Reserve Fund SOS Workshop with Alia Abaya - February 17, 2021, from noon - 1 pm

CHF Canada will host discussion on Thursday February 18 2021 at 1:30 EST p.m.  The topic of discussion will be:  A new board is elected, how to prevent a crisis.

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