Records Checks for Cohousing Group Members
From: frances woolison (
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:45:26 -0700 (PDT)
I am a member of a forming Canadian cohousing group. We are currently 
establishing the Bylaws and Policies for our Corporation. One group member is 
adamant that those joining the community as members now, and others purchasing 
units in the community in the future, be required to undergo a Criminal Records 
check and a Vulnerable Persons Abuse Registry check before being accepted into 
the community or being allowed to purchase a home. Katie McCamant is our 
consultant, and she says that she has never heard of a cohousing group having 
those requirements. We would be interested in knowing if any other communities 
have mandated such criteria. If other groups do not have such requirements, how 
are children and vulnerable persons in the community protected from abuse, and 
what would the liability of the group be in case of such abuse taking place? 
Thank you for any input you can offer.

Frances Woolison
Prairie Rivers Cohousing
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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