Tenant Associations

Tenant Associations keep you connected with your neighbours and the broader community. They also provide a way for tenants to work with us in an advisory capacity on matters affecting your housing community. We encourage tenants to organize associations at each of our sites, and will work with the representatives that you elect.

The Constitution for Tenant Associations outlines issues including meetings: how often, notice and quorum requirements, voting, recording what happened at the meeting by way of minutes, duties of representatives, when someone ceases, or no longer qualifies to be a Representative.

It's easier to work towards shared goals if we operate by a set of reasonable guidelines; however, sometimes a Tenant Association struggles to interpret or apply the Constitution. In these cases, we work with you to address specific challenges.

Tenant Association Conferences

The Fall 2017 Conference has been cancelled. Stay tuned for further details regarding future events.

2016 Capital Award

Delegates to the 2016 Conference chose a multi-faceted proposal that included a variety of improvements to create spaces that foster community at Greystone Village. Delegates awarded a 30,000 Capital Improvement Grant to fund mini projects which will include: fencing, installation of a basketball hoop, clearing a grassy area to enable children to play soccer, common area seating, more community garden boxes and murals to turn grey concrete walls into art.

2016 Conference Success Stories

  • Cedarwood Place, Richmond

    The Cedarwood Place Tenant Association hosted a hugely successful Canada Day BBQ celebration and Social Gathering this year. The event was well attended and ran very smoothly. In addition to the great turn out, the event was made possible by the hard work and dedication of the newly appointed 2016 Tenant Association members who contributed to the fundraising and sourcing of local vendors for supplies and party favors. The success of the Canada Day BBQ has helped build a cohesive sense of community at Cedarwood Place. The Tenant Association members are actively planning their next scheduled Social Gathering.

  • Earle Adams Village, Vancouver

    Earl Adams has recently had twelve new Community Gardens plots installed. Here’s what the Earl Adams Delegates had to say:

    “Our newly installed community gardens are a big success. Everyone has had great crops from their garden boxes and the place has become a great focal point for tenants to gather and talk. It has also worked great to make people realize they need to read the flyers that come through their mail boxes after many grumbled about not knowing about the gardens or the sign up list.”
  • Greystone Village, Burnaby

    Greystone Village was awarded the $30,000 capital improvement project for a multi-faceted proposal that included a variety of improvements to create spaces that foster community. The mini projects include fencing, installation of a basketball hoop, clearing a grassy area to enable children to play soccer, common area seating, more community garden boxes and murals to turn grey concrete walls into art.

    Here’s what the Greystone Village Delegates had to say:

    “The new 2016 Greystone Village Tenant Association members have been out in the community all summer speaking with tenants, interacting and trying to get a sense of what some solutions would be for making Greystone Village an even safer, more kid friendly and more “homey-feeling” community.

    This year Greystone Village also had the privilege of welcoming a number of Syrian refugee families to our community. The community garden plots were a common gathering place and after some creative communication with sign language and facial expressions everyone got to know each other. Old and new gardeners alike were thrilled to find the refugee mom’s especially, were passionate and experienced gardeners ready to help anyone who needed knowledge and guidance. Seed sharing, soil donations and help watering neighbour’s gardens was a common sight at the community gardens all summer.

    The 2016 Greystone Tenant Association members hope to build on this momentum of neighbourly relationship-building with some future community improvement ideas.”
  • Inlet Centre, Port Moody

    Inlet Centre has thriving Community Gardens. Here’s what the Inlet Centre Delegates had to say:

    “Our garden plots are doing wonderful this year for flowers and vegetables. All 8 plots are being used.”
  • McBride Place, New Westminster

    The Tenant Association at McBride Place actively engages the community through hosting seasonal potlucks, an annual complex-wide yard sale, as well as an annual spring clean-up day.