The BCCA works to improve the BC government’s awareness of co-ops, including their social and economic impact, and to advocate for legislative and administrative changes to better enable co-ops to develop, grow and serve their communities.

Members – identify your GR priorities for 2022

Yearly, in advance of the AGM, we turn to our members for help identifying issues where government policy is impacting your co-operative. This could include legislation, regulations, or other government decisions that impact your co-operative’s sustainability, value, or members.

Please provide your thoughts in the space below. Here’s the 2022 communique with more detailed instructions, and sample for context. Collectively, these links should provide you with everything you need to provide feedback around what GR issues the BCCA should focus on in the coming year, To see the policies approved by members at the 2021 AGM, click here. The deadline to send us your proposal(s) is April 21.

 

Government Relations Efforts

  • We collaborate regularly with BCCA members and the provincial government elected officials and civil servants
  • We host events to engage with MLAs
  • We maintain a government relations committee consisting of BCCA members and legal representatives
  • We employ staff dedicated to government relations activities

The BCCA also works with other provincial and national co-op associations to advocate to the Canadian government for policy or legislative changes to benefit both co-ops in BC and across Canada.

Past Successes

  • Co-ops in BC were eligible to apply for BC government gaming grants for many years, but recently 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.
  • 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.

For more information and to get involved, contact us.