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.
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.
- 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!
- The BCCA worked with co-op associations across Canada to create Motion M-100. 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.
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