Co-op Housing

The housing co-op I live in is the Trafalgar Cooperative Housing Association. We were founded in 1974 – had our 35th birthday in 2009.

We have three buildings and a total of 20 units. We’re very proud of having the designation of the Most Beautiful Block in Vancouver for 2001. Our sign is on Trafalgar near 5th – I get to admire it from my bedroom window.

We’re members of both the Co-operative Housing Association of BC and the Co-operative Housing Association of Canada. If you don’t know what a housing co-op is – or want to learn how to apply to one – CHF BC is a good place to start. They put out a magazine called SCOOP, which has listings of housing co-ops accepting applications and run educational workshops. Both organizations have a lot of information online and put out email newsletters too.

The Canadian Bar Association also has quite a good summary of what co-op housing is all about.

The building I live in at the corner of Trafalgar and 5th  was one of the first apartment buildings in Vancouver, originally named The Panama. We figure it’s over 100 years old.

We’re a Section 95 (56.1) Federal Government co-op and are self-managed.

If you’re interested in seeing how to apply, go to our applications website at

Sorry – I don’t reply or post inquiries about co-op housing here. I’ve listed some good places for you to look for more information and how to apply to live in a co-op.

3 Buildings of Trafalgar Co-op

3 Buildings of Trafalgar Co-op


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    Phyllis Devlin said,

    Your website is great…interesting, and focused on positive living in your community. If your location would be closer to my employment, I would apply for a co-op unit in your neighborhood. You seem to be everything I could hope for in community living including…current information, humour and community encouragement for all…Fabulous!!

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      William Moorhouse said,

      Found the web site very informative. My wife and I are looking for the right mix to get involved with the community.

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    Martin Pelss said,

    My wife and I are preparing to apply to Vancouver Co-ops. We like Trafalgar Co-op the best and were wondering if you could help us. We would like to know how to apply. It seems the only contact info for this co-op is the street address (2035 Trafalgar St, Vancouver, BC V6K 3S5). Since we cannot seem to find a link to download an application form, or an email contact, are we to mail an SASE to this address in order to have a paper application returned to us by mail.

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