Shared services puts the 6th Co-operative Principle into action

Shared services put the 6th Co-operative Principle into action

After a year of development, pilots and recalibration, ACCESS is ready for BCCA members! In honour of co-op week and a strong desire to put the 6th Co-operative Principle into action, ACCESS invites BCCA Members to learn more about us and how shared services can help build community through collaboration. On behalf of BCCA and … Continued

BCCA AGM 2022

| Opportunities |

Our 2022 Annual General Meeting was held in Vancouver and online on June 2. Over sixty members attended the event, where we celebrated our shared successes over the past year and identified areas where we can advocate on our members’ behalf to decision-makers on issues impacting the co-operative sector.   Approved 2022 Policy Issues   … Continued

Six Reasons Why You Should Start a Co-operative Business

1. Co-ops put people and values first Co-ops take an ethical and sustainable approach to business by considering both the economic as well as the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of their activities. Therefore, decisions made by co-ops balance the need for profitability with the needs of their members and wider community interests. 2. Co-ops … 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

The 2022 British Columbia Budget – Response from the BC Co-op Association

| Announcements, Government, Opportunities

On February 22, Finance Minister Selina Robinson released the Province of British Columbia’s 2022-2023 budget, Stronger Together. Highlights included: expanding licensed childcare by 40,000 new spaces over the next seven years supporting preparedness for climate disasters, with $210 million to support community climate-change preparedness investing into an inclusive and clean economy, with than $1 billion … Continued

ACCESS Shared Services Model: Launching Development Phase

| Community, Governance, Opportunities
Shared Services Platform Co-operative

ACCESS is building collaboration and capacity in the co-operative and nonprofit sector through the development of a shared services platform from which members can work together – smarter!  Introducing ACCESS The Allied Community and Co-operative Shared Services (ACCESS) is a shared service non-profit co-operative specifically formed to provide administrative back-office support for civil society organizations … Continued

Government Relations – Gaining Traction

| Business, Government, Opportunities
Government Relations and BC Co-operatives

Through BCCA Government Relations efforts, BC co-ops are gaining traction with government decision-makers. On behalf of our members, we’ve secured several meetings over the last number of months with high-ranking elected officials and other policymakers to discuss how to create a legislative and social environment that allows co-operatives to thrive. Here are the areas that … Continued

Order of BC Seeking Nominations to Recognize  Inspiring Individuals 

Order of BC Nominations Open

Nominations are being accepted for the Order of British Columbia, the Province’s highest honour. Any person is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate for appointment to the Order of British Columbia.  The award is extended to those British Columbians who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in a field of endeavour … Continued

Funding Stream Open: Co-operative Development Program

Co-operative Development Program

Since 1992, The Co-operators has administered a program of grants dedicated to emerging and expanding co-operatives. Over $2.6 million has been provided to co-operatives across Canada through this unique program. This year the Co-operators are making up to $250,000 in grants available through the Co-operative Development Program (CDP),  in support of emerging and expanding co-operatives … Continued

Efficiency Canada Career Nights 

Efficiency Canada Career Nights

The world of energy efficiency is dynamic and varied. There are more than 436 000 Canadians working in energy efficiency – from HVAC to window installers, policy analysis to programming, energy advisors, engineers, and managers and so much more. The ‘Becoming’ series gives you a chance to get to know some of the people that … Continued