BCNPHA has developed a number of resource guides and templates to assist non-profit housing providers. They are all available for download at no cost. For any inquiries regarding the templates and guides, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This policy document is intended to help non-profit housing providers navigate the Cannabis legislative and social changes.
The Residential Tenancy Act and Regulations require landlords to use a whole new set of “Standard Terms” in all tenancy agreements signed on or after January 1, 2004. BCNPHA has produced a Tenancy Agreement Template that includes all of the Standard Terms as well as additional terms that apply specifically to non-profit rental housing. The Template includes sections relating to subsidies, pets, number of residents, keys, fees, parking, storage and abandoned possessions and has a number of optional terms that some non-profits may wish to include. This flexible tool helps non-profit landlords to understand and comply with the Residential Tenancy Act. Housing providers will find everything they need to produce a customized tenancy agreement for their Society and their particular circumstances. The package also includes a Guide to the Standard Terms, a Checklist for Landlords and Tenants and a Condition Inspection Report form.
This template helps non-profit housing societies comply with the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).
British Columbians are aging, and a variety of housing solutions will be needed to meet emerging needs. Life lease is a mechanism that has worked successfully for community based non-profits and co-ops ranging from four units in Naramata to over 200 at Elim Village in Surrey. This 95-page comprehensive report will explain the ins and outs of life leases and help you decide if they might work in funding a new development.
Jointly developed with BC Housing, this template provides overview information and a framework for preparing a need and demand study.
This template includes the following items:
- Costing Framework (Excel)
- Operating Cost Target Framework- Monthly Status Report Template (PDF)
- Monthly Construction Report Pre-construction (Excel)
- Monthly Construction Report Construction (Excel)
- Monthly status report template (Word)
- PPA Checklist (Excel)
In spring 2018, non-profit housing providers from across British Columbia were asked to submit compensation and benefit data for each employee working in or contributing to the non-profit housing sector. The data was compiled into the new 2018 Sector Salary and Benefits Survey, which provides remuneration benchmarks for non-profit housing providers by geographical region, annual operating budget and type of service provision. Employee data includes those who are part-time or full-time and union or non-union.
BCNPHA has partnered with BC Housing to build the capacity of the non-profit housing sector around the procurement of appropriate technology to enhance the efficiency and sustainability affordable housing. This guide comprises one of a range of supports being provided through this partnership. Software procurement is well worth the investment in cost, time and energy, when done correctly. It can transform your organization by giving staff the right tools to do their jobs better, manage and share information. BCNPHA and BC Housing held a series of meetings and conversations with non-profit housing providers around British Columbia to talk about information technology – what were the needs and aspirations of providers, and what barriers existed around efficient technology use. The capacity to undertake buying software solutions emerged as a key barrier. This guide is one of the responses generated to remove that barrier.
BCNPHA and BC Housing have partnered to examine the expiry of operating agreements, and to develop tools and strategies to sustain the affordable housing stock and the non-profit sector. The partners have recently produced a planning guide for non-profit societies. We’ve taken research on expiring agreements and turned it into a useful tool for housing providers to use as they plan for expiry. The guide outlines a step-by-step planning process, will help you explore your options pre- and post-expiry, provides information on the legal landscape of expiry and different models of shared services and mergers. Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP developed a full legal briefing exploring the legal implications of expiry and the various options outlined in the planning guide. Access the guide and other tools to assist with the expiry of operating agreements on our dedicated page here: https://bcnpha.ca/resources/expiry-operating-agreements/
The Hiring and Working with Development Consultants guide will help non-profit societies understand the role of development consultants and the competencies they bring to the table for your next development project. The guide also helps as a step-by-step guide for hiring a development consultant in a competitive process. This guide is a must for any society considering developing (or re-developing) a property!
Familiarity with the resources and the practicalities of the dispute resolution process is a vital component of the work of non-profit housing providers in British Columbia. In order to assist non-profit housing providers, BCNPHA has produced a Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Guidebook and Templates. This guidebook and the accompanying templates and forms are intended to serve as a convenient supplement to the more detailed resources provided by the Residential Tenancy Branch. In addition they are intended to provide an introduction to the practicalities of the dispute resolution mechanism and provide some practical tools to assist with navigating through the process successfully.
This workbook outlines a step-by-step approach to creating job descriptions and pay scales for non-profit housing societies.
Whether you’re a new society that needs to create a complete policy manual from scratch, or an established one whose policies need revising or better organizing, the template makes the process painless. The template is designed as a dynamic tool that provides users with options on a variety of topics that they can customize to develop their own policies and procedures, including financial management, administration, maintenance, tenants, seniors and supportive housing, and special needs.
This guide assists non-profit, public and private sector organizations to build the foundations for successful partnerships.
In 2009 an industry Task Group was formed by BC Housing, on Costing and Targeting to develop a costing framework for the development of social housing projects, ensuring that the framework could be applied to regions and municipalities across the province. The Social Housing Cost Target Framework establishes a tool to determine acceptable project costs. The framework, which is based on a detailed review of more than 20 projects, is flexible, providing cost control while allows for design flexibility. The framework generates a target cost for a project based on the project data and allows social housing proponents to assess their projected project cost against this target.
This guide is to assist with negotiating rooftop leases. The toolkit outlines the opportunities available for the non-profit housing sector around rooftop leasing as a sustainable revenue source, and provides resources and templates for negotiations with telecommunication companies. BCNPHA and BC Housing are working together around initiatives directed towards increasing the financial sustainability of non-profit housing societies in BC. As telecommunication data needs grow, there are increasing opportunities to consider rooftop leasing as a sustainable revenue resource. BC Housing has committed to retention of all revenue generated through rooftop leasing.