The BCCA is involved in ongoing efforts to improve the BC government’s understanding of co-ops. Our aim is for government representatives to understand the power of co-ops across the province and why we’re a vital part of BC’s economy, and to consider our impact when making policy or regulation decisions.

Government Relations Efforts

  • We collaborate regularly with BCCA members with government relations departments
  • We host at least one event per year to engage with members of parliament
  • We maintain a government relations committee consisting of BCCA members and legal representatives

The BCCA also works at the federal level with other co-op associations to lobby the Canadian government to change or update policies that will benefit both co-ops in BC and the entire co-op sector across Canada.

More Info Needed About Co-ops in BC

We’re currently lobbying the BC government to provide the BCCA with access to more information about co-ops in BC, so we can collect statistics and data about our sector. We could then use this data to gain a better understanding of the sector’s development and growth in BC, and continue reinforcing our position as a viable business model.

National Motion to Support Co-ops

The BCCA worked with co-op associations across Canada to create Motion M-100. On February 13, 2017, Member of Parliament Alexandra Mendès presented motion M-100 to the House of Commons. This motion, titled “Role of Co-operatives” is to develop and implement a strategy to promote and support Canada’s co-operative sector.

This motion positions co-ops as a viable business model. It also reflects the important role Canada’s 9,000 co-ops play in Canada’s economy over the long term, and the vital role they can have in creating high-quality jobs, and lowering the costs of goods and services.

Past Successes — Gaming Grant Regulation Changes

Co-ops in BC were eligible to apply for BC government gaming grants for many years, but about three years ago, BC’s gaming grant application rules changed.

  • It was determined that all co-ops were for-profit ventures and would no longer be allowed to access gaming funds
  • This policy applied to all BC co-ops, including community service co-ops like Vancouver Co-op Radio, which used gaming funds to offset its slim operating budget

Facing a dire financial situation, Vancouver Co-op Radio turned to the BC Co-op Association for advocacy support. We worked with several groups and partners in the co-op sector, including Vancity, to get the Minister of Community, Sport & Cultural Development & Responsible for TransLink to recognize that community service co-ops are not-for-profit, and should be eligible for gaming funds.

Our collective efforts paid off. As of February 1, 2017, community service co-ops are officially eligible to apply for BC government gaming grants.

For more information and to get involved, contact us.