2023 Speech from the Throne

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In the Speech from the Throne on February 6, 2023, Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin identified the key objectives of the Province of British Columbia for the coming year. These include: helping people with the rising cost of living tackling the housing crisis strengthening access to public health care fighting climate change and building an inclusive … Continued

Cooperative Association Act – Second Round of Consultations

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The Cooperative Association Act is a critical piece of legislation that provides the framework for the incorporation and governance of cooperative associations. With the intention of modernizing and improving the legislation, the Provincial Ministry of Finance launched a review of the Act last summer, including an initial round of consultations. BCCA made a substantial submission at that … Continued

50/30 Challenge – Your Diversity Advantage!

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  BCCA has signed on to the 50/30 Challenge. And we think that you should too!   What is the 50/30 Challenge? The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, Canadian businesses, and diversity organizations. The goal of the program is to challenge Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of … Continued

October 16-22 Proclaimed “Co-op Week” in BC

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Co-operative associations are democratic, member-owned organizations. They enable communities to meet their common needs. They provide services to millions of British Columbians in all sectors. And they support and develop local economies by employing tens of thousands in communities across the province. For these reasons and more, the Government of BC declared October 16-22 “Co-op … Continued

Building Capacity through Shared Services

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Capacity through Shared Services

What if capacity could be built through a managed shared services model? Imagine access to relevant, reliable and relatable industry professionals who understand the needs and pressures you face.  For civil society organizations – co-operatives, nonprofits and social enterprises to thrive in today’s economy, finding and retaining the best level of service is vital. Retaining … Continued

Wanted! Web Developer

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Web developer sought

ACCESS is looking for a highly-skilled independent Web Developer to partner with our team. It’s about the fit. You are flexible, friendly, collaborative and self-directed, and your values and attitude fit the co-op movement and its identity and principles. And while you may possess experience with other platforms – your experience with WordPress is key. … Continued

JEDDI in Co-ops – September 21 Lunch Lab

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Join us for an initial conversation (for us) about JEDDI (justice, equity, diversity, decolonization, inclusion) in co-ops. BCCA and ACCA will share resources to support co-ops in enacting practices that build an organizational culture where all voices are heard and celebrated. We would love to hear about JEDDI practices being embodied by co-ops and credit … Continued

Speaker Series #4 – Introducing ACCESS

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Join us on Wednesday, May 18 from 11:30am – 12:30pm (BC Time) for the fourth edition of the Speaker Series! This month’s topic is Introducing ACCESS – a new shared service platform from the BCCA and ACCA. Webinar description: Seeking alternatives to completing back-office tasks while balancing operational demands? Increasingly, social enterprise organizations – co-operatives … Continued

Federal Budget 2022 – BCCA Response

Members – today is a great day for co-operatives in Canada! At the very forefront of the Federal Budget is a $500 million dollar allotment towards co-operative housing. This is the largest investment for co-operative housing in over thirty years, and it is estimated that 6,000 units will be constructed with this fund.   A big … Continued