Co-op Meetup: Ask a Lawyer Summary

Our first Co-op Meetups session featured Mary Childs as our guest speaker. Mary is a lawyer with Vancouver office of Miller Thompson LLC and is a part of the firm’s Social Impact Group. She works with many co-operatives, charities, non-profits, and social enterprises and also sits on the steering committee of the CoopZone Legal Network, … Continued

Credit Unions and COVID-19

As credit unions work tirelessly to respond to the needs of their communities and members, we are seeing many stepping in to provide financial relief programs and other solutions in response to the crisis. For example, Ladysmith & District Credit Union has immediately made available up to $1,000,000 in Emergency Relief Term Loans for existing … Continued

Co-ops Have Access to Government Support!

We recognize and understand that current times are uncertain and that COVID-19 has had a strong impact on everyone, particularly small businesses. Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) recently confirmed that co-operatives will be eligible for the same funding as other businesses from Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses, so long as they qualify for the … Continued

UPDATED: In-Person AGM Alternatives for BC Co-ops

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UPDATE April 1st, 2020 As of March 31st, 2020, BC Registry Services has stated that AGM deferrals are now automatic – organizations do not have to apply for deferrals.    COVID-19 and Co-operative AGMs Following the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Provincial Health Officer and B.C. Health Minister, as well as Health Canada … Continued

Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Launch!

Community Foundations of Canada, the Chantier de l’économie sociale, and their regional partners including the Vancouver Foundation have launched their Investment Readiness Programs (IRP). Applications will be accepted from Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM (EST) to Feb 10 2020 08:00 PM (EST).   IRP offers funding between $10,000 to $100,000 to support social purpose organizations, which includes co-ops, … Continued

Community Investment Co-ops: A Growing Co-operative Sector in BC

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  The demand and necessity to invest for impact, globally and locally, is on the rise. However, current investment options and regulations in BC & Canada significantly restrict Canadians from investing into local opportunities.  The result is that nearly all investment capital leaves local communities and is placed into far-off stock markets and corporations. This disconnects investors from … Continued

Vancouver Island Co-op Crawl: Principle #2 in Action

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While in Victoria for this year’s AGM, the BCCA staff took the opportunity to visit several members and other co-ops on Vancouver Island. This included tours at Peninsula Co-op, Stocksy United, and Victoria Women in Need Community Co-operative (WIN). Co-ops have the ability to address social issues on a community level while providing better ways … Continued

SVI Vancouver Featuring Stocksy United’s CEO/Co-Founder as a speaker this April

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Taking place at SFU Woodward’s this April 18-20th, SVI Vancouver brings together entrepreneurs and leaders in the social change space for skill building and connections. We’re thrilled that one of this year’s featured speakers is Brianna Wettlaufer of Stocksy United, a BCCA member and the stock photo site built on a co-operative model. Brianna co-founded … Continued

Co-operative Management Education Programs at Saint Mary’s University

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Calling all co-op and credit union leaders: Saint Mary’s University is offering an interactive, 3-day intensive executive education course on professional co-operative development this November. “Enhancing Business Performance through Co-operative Management Practices: How to Strengthen Identity, Loyalty and Participation” runs from November 1-3 and will focus on leading thinking in co-operative management coupled with tangible … Continued