About Us

What is Co-op Cost Cutters?

It is a buying program for co-ops across eight provinces. In Ontario, it is a service of the local co-op housing federations. In regions where there is a local federation, co-ops must be a member to use the program. In regions where there is no local federation, co-ops can access the deals if they are members of CHF Canada. Over 60 co-operative daycares across the province can also use the program.

More than 500 co-ops use the program on a regular basis. All research and negotiations are centrally done on behalf of co-ops across Ontario and other provinces. This saves time for staff and provides great quality, pricing and other benefits.

Working for and with you since 1998

Co-op Cost Cutters has operated for 18 years. In 1998, the Ontario Federations decided to pool their buying power together by creating one large buying program across the province. The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) was selected to centrally co-ordinate the program.

Who manages the program?

Miriam Wohl was hired in 1998 to carry out this task. Miriam lived in two co-ops for a total of 21 years and has worked at CHFT since 1989. One of the benefits of using the program is that co-ops are not alone if there is a problem with one of the suppliers. Miriam works closely with all the federations and their members to resolve problems whenever they arise. She is a firm supporter of co-ops.

Why use Co-op Cost Cutters?

It will save you time and money. All the deals are researched, checked and negotiated on behalf of co-ops. All you have to do is contact the specific rep listed for each supplier. It’s that easy!

The Co-op Cost Cutters companies support many sector activities and events. And the suppliers know their clients. They are familiar with our sector language, as well as the unique needs of each co-op. Co-ops represent a large buying group. Over 500 co-ops use the program on a regular basis. When you use Co-op Cost Cutters, you strengthen our buying power.

Your local federation stands behind the program

Co-op Cost Cutters is a service of your local federation. You do not pay extra to use the program. There are e-bulletins, postings and Tweets each month featuring important program information, as well as special features and promotions that will save you even more money!

If you experience a problem with the program, contact your local federation or Miriam Wohl, program co-ordinator. They will support you in getting things resolved.

Send Miriam an email and let her know if something in the program is not working well for you. Her email is miriam@coophousing.com.

Supplier Services



Your first line of contact is the representative listed in the Co-op Cost Cutters ad or summary list for that supplier. You can also send an email to Miriam Wohl, the program co-ordinator, or copy her on emails you send to the supplier. She will support you in getting things resolved.


Manufacturer’s set the price. If the price goes up it’s because manufacturers have raised their prices. The low value of the Canadian dollar has affected the price of everything, except products made in Canada. All appliances are made in China and bought in U.S. dollars. That is just how that industry works.

Co-op Cost Cutters will not always be the cheapest but tries to offer the best value over time. Quality, good value and strong customer support are the foundations of the program. The program guarantees that co-ops are dealing with reputable companies that stand behind their products and services, have proper insurance coverage and proper certification.

Each Cost Cutters supplier has a dedicated person listed in the ad and summary list for your region. If you can’t find a product you are looking for, contact that representative. Some companies have a central order desk where you can get help to source a product.

Companies go through a tough process of selection. If a service looks like it might be a good fit for the program, we check the background and references of 2 or 3 companies that offer that service. There is a lot of back and forth to gather information and negotiate the best possible deal. It can take several months to choose a new service.