The Co-operative Development Initiative

| Government |

When I last wrote about the Co-op Development Initiative, I mentioned our great pleasure at the Initiative’s four-year renewal by the federal government. This $19.1 million contribution to the Canadian co-op sector is invaluable – it allows, for example, BCCA’s Advisory Service program for emerging co-ops to continue; and, through the Innovative Co-operative Program (ICP) … Continued

Update on ICP, 8 January 2010

| Government |

BCCA staff are hopeful that the results of the July, 2009, ICP competition will be announced by the Minister by 18 January, and perhaps earlier. Rick Marcuse  

Update on ICP

| Community, Government |

Update on the Innovative Co-operative Projects Program of CDI We do not yet have information on the results of the first round of the ICP competition – the file is still with the Minister. In connection with the second round of applications, I would like to remind you that the deadline for receipt is 31 … Continued

Call for Entries — CCA 2010 Co-operative Governance Awards

| Government |

GOVERNANCE MATTERS TO YOUR CO-OP OR CREDIT UNION…SO LET EVERYONE KNOW!   Is the board of your co-op or credit union doing a great job governing the organization’s affairs?   Does the board strive for excellence by adopting new practices to improve the way it works, fulfilling the co-operative principles, and sharing best practices with others?  … Continued

Bulletin regarding the ICP program of the CDI

Update on the Innovative Co-operatives Projects grant process, 28 October 2009   The list of projects recommended by the program’s external Selection Committee has been forwarded to the Minister’s office for his review and final approval.   Although we had hoped that the successful proponents would have received news by now, it looks as though … Continued

Bulletin on ICP grant approvals….

| Government |

7 October 2009: The latest information from CCA in Ottawa is that results of the ICP grant application process will be announced by 21 October. However, as with most political matters, this bulletin comes with no guarantee! Rick Marcuse  

Update: ICP Grant Component of the CDI

Update on the recent competition for Innovative Co-operatives Project (ICP) grants, 25 August 2009   The process of assessing and selecting the successful applicants for the ICP program of the Co-op Development Initiative (CDI) is moving along with considerable speed.   The initial assessments have been completed. The peer review of initial assessments will be … Continued

New paper on worker co-ops and employment law available

| Government |

The Canadian Worker Coop Federation (CWCF) has recently completed a paper which examines the relationship between worker co-operatives and employment law in Canada. It considers the definition of an employee, the rights of members, the rights of employers, the method of proper termination and the role of labour unions. It provides recommendations for worker co-operatives … Continued

Update: ICP Grant Component of the CDI

| Government |

Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) Grants     Update number 4 from the BCCA, 18 July 2009     Innovative Co-operative Projects   A number of cooperatives and other organizations are submitting grant applications to the Canadian Co-operative Association for the Innovative Co-operative Projects component of the CDI program. Some proponents are sending the draft applications to BCCA to take … Continued