New! Food Co-op Meet-Up September 21!

| Business, Events

BCCA is excited to announce we will be hosting a Grocery Co-op Meet-Up on September 21, at 6 pm! This event will be held on Zoom and will allow co-ops in the sector to convene, share ideas, ask questions, and participate in a facilitated discussion surrounding best practices. These sessions will be customized and will … Continued

BCCA shares recommendations on the 2021 provincial budget

| Business, Government

On June 26, BCCA sent its submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of the Budget 2021 Consultation.   The document acknowledges the challenges BC has faced with the global pandemic and the economic downturn, and how co-ops are at the forefront of these challenges. The recommendations in the submission outline how … Continued

Improved capital raising for BC co-operatives

| Business, Government

On June 1, 2020, the BC Securities Commission made an important change to BC Instrument 45-530, which allows BC co-operatives to sell shares to members without issuing a prospectus. The lifetime limit had been $5,000 since this exemption was introduced in 2001.  The new maximum of $10,000 also applies to certain issuances of investment shares. … Continued

We are Co-ops: Braving COVID-19 in co-operation

| Business, We Are Co-ops

By Madelyn Read  Brave is a multi-stakeholder co-operative based in Vancouver whose mission is to reduce overdose deaths. They accomplish this by developing technologies that enable drug users to connect with support when they are at risk of an overdose:  Brave Button, an emergency alert button often placed in supportive housing units  Be Safe App, … Continued

Feedback requested: Future of Electronic Annual General Meetings

| Business, Governance, Government

Back in April, B.C.’s Ministry of Finance issued Ministerial Order 116 to allow co-operative associations to hold their AGMs as fully electronic meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Ministry is evaluating whether this should be a permanent option and we’re looking for your feedback to help inform this decision.  Please complete this short survey by … Continued

BCCA Board to work with FleishmanHillard HighRoad on government relations

| Business, Governance, Government

At their June 8 meeting, the BCCA Board of Directors approved establishing a relationship with FleishmanHillard HighRoad (FHR) to provide government relations (GR) support on key BCCA initiatives.    The FHR team has extensive experience providing strategic advice and support to organizations in a broad range of sectors seeking to influence government decision makers and to secure support … Continued

Co-ops 101 online re-design – Invitation to participate!

| Business, Education

Like many of our co-op members, the BCCA has had to shift some of our core offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we are having to re-imagine our popular in-person Co-ops 101 workshops.   The workshops highlight the co-op difference and the diversity of the co-op sector across BC, offering our members an … Continued

Co-op Meetup: Assessing Your Co-operative Strategy

| Business |

On May 28, BCCA was proud to host John Kay of Realize Strategies Co-op as he discussed measures co-ops can take to review their strategy to determine if it is functioning or if it is time to pivot. During his presentation, John provided insightful questions you can ask to assess your business, including thinking about … Continued

We are Co-ops: How focusing on their members made Modo more resilient during COVID-19

By Samantha Lee In this week’s edition of “We Are Co-ops”, we are excited to share the story of how our member Modo put their membership at the front and centre during COVID-19 and made their co-op more resilient. We spoke with Selena McLachlan, Director of Marketing and Communications, to learn more about Modo’s story and … Continued