New paper on worker co-ops and employment law available

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The Canadian Worker Coop Federation (CWCF) has recently completed a paper which examines the relationship between worker co-operatives and employment law in Canada. It considers the definition of an employee, the rights of members, the rights of employers, the method of proper termination and the role of labour unions. It provides recommendations for worker co-operatives … Continued

Update: ICP Grant Component of the CDI

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Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) Grants     Update number 4 from the BCCA, 18 July 2009     Innovative Co-operative Projects   A number of cooperatives and other organizations are submitting grant applications to the Canadian Co-operative Association for the Innovative Co-operative Projects component of the CDI program. Some proponents are sending the draft applications to BCCA to take … Continued

Recent CDI News

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Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) Grants   Update number 2 from the BCCA, 26 June 2009   Innovative Co-operative Projects The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil Canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) are very pleased to announce the renewal of a 4 year partnership agreement, the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), with the federal … Continued

Federal Government Announces Extension of CDI Program

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Federal government renews and enhances Co-operative Development Initiative: $19.1 million over four years for co-op development Ottawa, May 21, 2009 – The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is very pleased with the federal government’s decision to renew and enhance the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), a program aimed at providing support to new and emerging co-operatives across … Continued

Infrastructure spending will help Canadians, co-ops say

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The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada endorsed today’s call by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for new infrastructure spending. "Thousands of unemployed construction workers and the millions of Canadians living in core housing need will welcome this call by municipalities for new spending on affordable housing," said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director. "Housing co-operatives across Canada … Continued

Manitoba Province Strategy to Support Cooperatives

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Province Boosts Support to Community Co-operatives by Unveiling New Strategy: Wowchuk A new Co-operative Development Strategy to help communities create and grow co-op businesses was announced today by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) Minister Rosann Wowchuk. Through the Co-operative Development Assistance Program launched in 2007, the province provided $65,000 to fund a process … Continued

Support Renewal of CDI!

Canada’s national co-op associations are asking co-ops and their members across the country to join the campaign to renew the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), a federal program that helps promote and develop new and emerging co-ops. CDI is a unique partnership program between the federal government, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien … Continued

NDP housing plan will make a real difference

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OTTAWA – The NDP announcement of a comprehensive plan to create new affordable housing is welcome news for the four million Canadians in core housing need, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada said today. "We are particularly pleased that the NDP’s housing plan includes specific targets to help the most vulnerable, including Aboriginal people, seniors … Continued