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Northumberland County Housing Corporation

Northumberland County Housing Corporation (NCHC) is a social housing provider in Northumberland
County with a portfolio of over 350 social housing units in NCHC owned buildings and through rent
supplement agreements with private landlords. The County of Northumberland is the sole shareholder of the
NCHC and provides most services for the NCHC as per its service agreement. The County of
Northumberland provides direction to the Board of Directors through its Shareholder Direction. NCHC
provides rent-geared-to-income (RGI) and affordable rental housing options to low-income households
while focusing on housing retention policies and practices alongside strong tenant engagement activities.

NCHC is currently seeking applications for membership on the Board of Directors.  

You can apply in one of the following ways:

  1. Complete the application online and click 'submit' at the bottom of the form. You will receive a confirmation email with a PDF version of your application to print and sign. 
  2. Pick up a copy of the application from Community and Social Services to complete and sign.

Once signed, email us your completed application, or you can mail or deliver in-person to Northumberland County Community and Social Services, 555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg K9A 5J6.

Board Responsibilities

The Board of Directors for the NCHC is responsible for the:

  • Maintenance of corporate by-laws, agreements and reports as required by legislation and the
  • shareholder;
  • Development and submission of annual budget requirements to the County for Council consideration
  • as a part of established budget cycle;
  • Appointment of a Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Manager of Housing Programs (and such other
  • officers of NCHC as may be appropriate);
  • Provision of long-range strategic planning and advice to the County as it relates to asset
  • management and other key strategic decisions; and
  • Oversight of expenditures and revenues outside of the annual budgeted requirements.

Term of Office

The terms of office are two (2) to three (3) years; however Directors shall remain in office until a successor
is appointed. The County may stagger initial appointments to ensure that board member terms are not coterminus.

Board Composition

The Board of Directors must consist of no less than two (2) and no more than thirteen (13) Directors. The
shareholder is seeking to appoint a Board of Directors that is composed of 9 members. These members
must include:

  • Two County Council representatives, as appointed by Council;
  • Chief Administrative Officer of Northumberland County; and
  • 6 citizen directors with a collective experience as outlined in the below qualifications.

Shared Qualifications of the Board

As a collective, it is expected that the Board of Directors will include the following expertise, skillset and

  • Knowledge of the social housing sector;
  • Planning Services, including knowledge of requirements and legislation in the mutli-residential sector;
  • Development planning, including asset management planning;
  • Facilities management;
  • Legal and financial expertise;
  • Social services delivery, including the provision of service for housing insecure households: and
  • Knowledge of Northumberland County.
  • In addition, NCHC is seeking a diverse Board that includes perspectives and expertise of service delivery
  • and unique needs of the community:
  • Rural and urban experiences of homelessness (where possible representing a diverse range of
  • communities across the County);
  • Community-at-large representatives; and
  • People with lived experience of homelessness, poverty and housing insecurity, including, but not
  • limited to, tenants (former or current), youth, Indigenous people, newcomers/immigrants/refugees,
  • people with disabilities and seniors.


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