General membership in the Bannerman Green Not-for-Profit Housing Co-op Inc. allows interested individuals to participate in the decision-making process of the Co-op through its development phase. General members will be entitled to participate in the election of the first formal Board of Directors of the Co-op. Once the Co-op is ready for occupancy, we anticipate that the membership structure will be revisited.
General memberships are individual-based (not family or couple); one member gets one vote.
The membership fee of $50 will be used to cover the costs of project start-up (such as Articles of Incorporation and registration of Co-op name) and is non-refundable. The Co-op reserves the right to canvas its members for a further reasonable fee if funds are needed. (If cost is a barrier, please contact the Co-op and alternative arrangements can be made.)
Please note that becoming a general member of the Co-op at this time does not automatically guarantee a housing unit in the Co-op. A separate decision-making process will be put into place to allocate units to members wishing and able to become residents. One of the factors in that decision will be the order of receipt of a general membership application.
If and when living units become available, further financial commitment will be required of members applying to become residents. These funds are refundable if the member withdraws their application for residence.
In order for an individual to become a member, they must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be in agreement with the general principles of the co-operative movement and the Project Charter of the Bannerman Green Not-for-Profit Housing Co-op Inc. (found here)
- Support the principle of consensus decision-making and the expectation that members participate as fully as possible in the decision-making and other volunteer work required for the co-op to remain viable.
If you wish to apply for a general membership, you can fill out and submit the online membership application form found here.
If you would prefer to apply in hard copy, please print the application form found here, fill it out and sign it and then drop it along with the required fee to:
Bannerman Green Membership
1-149 Burrows Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 1Z3