BC Government Announces Investment in Co-op Development

In July 2022, the BC Government announced a new investment of $2 million through a one-time government grant to British Columbia’s co-operative movement. This funding will support co-op business development and growth, expand services, and enhance the work of co-operatives. We sat down with Elvy Del Bianco, Director, Cooperative & Government Relations, to discuss the investment announcement and what … Continued

Finance Coordinator Sought

Finance Coordinator Sought

We’re Hiring! Join our Team. Finance Coordinator Sought! BCCA is looking for a Finance Coordinator to support our organization’s financial activity, including providing services to our many co-operative members. Finance COORDINATOR Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Finance Coordinator will focus on increasing the BCCA internal finance and budgeting systems in line with a … Continued

Democratic Member Control: The Difference that Democratic Ownership Makes in Co-operative Businesses

| Community, Education |

What gives the co-operative model an advantage over other business structures? Perhaps no quality is more distinct than democratic member control.   Unlike other business structures in which major decisions are made by a powerful few, co-operatives take a democratic approach to business. In a co-operative, the members collectively own the business and make decisions together. … Continued

Co-op Meet Up – Vernon

Co-op Meet Up BCCA

Much interest and enthusiasm were stirred up by the attendees the last time we connected in Vernon. So much so that the BCCA Okanagan-area team members followed through with your request to plan quarterly gatherings. Plan to attend the Co-op Meet Up, hosted by BCCA on Tuesday, June 7 in Vernon! Michelle Tsutsumi and Corinne … Continued

Opportunities for Employment

Job posting

We’re Hiring! Join our Team. We are looking for keen individuals who will complement our team. It’s about the fit. You are flexible, friendly, collaborative and self-directed. Your values and attitude fit the co-op movement and its identity and principles. Please use the provided links to view the available positions within our organization and to … Continued

Are you a newcomer to Canada with a business idea you’d like to develop?

| Business, Community, Diversity

In Our Hands (IOH) is an entrepreneurship program which helps newcomers to Canada form co-operative businesses with other like-minded newcomers. The program will provide training, mentorship, networking and business development supports to newcomer co-operatives throughout the startup and scaling phases, towards long-term success! If you are interested in joining the first cohort of the In … Continued

Speaker Series #3 – April 20 11:30am-12:30pm

Local Investment Solutions – information for Opportunity Development Co-ops or Investment Co-ops interested in raising capital The BC Co-op Association (BCCA), in collaboration with the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA) is initiating this new project to enhance local investing across Western Canada. This project will develop a shared services approach to reduce transaction costs, … Continued

Co-op Meet Up – Okanagan

Can you make it? Plan to attend the first in-real-time… in a long time… Co-op Meet Up, hosted by BCCA on March 29 in Vernon, BC. The BCCA Leadership Team is in Vernon for a few days – in town for a conference and leadership meeting. We’ve set time aside, hoping to connect with you … Continued

Speaker Series #2 – February 16

Join us on Wednesday, February 16 from 11:30am-12:30pm BC Time (12:30-1:30pm Alberta time) for a one hour webinar profiling the “In Our Hands” project! Register by clicking here   About the Program In Our Hands (IOH) is a co-operative entrepreneurship (“co-opreneurship”) program that aims to facilitate the development of co-operative enterprises that meet the employment … Continued