BC Government Funding for Co-op Development

In July 2022, the BC Government funding of $2 million through a one-time government grant to British Columbia’s co-operative movement was officially announced. 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 … 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

BC seeks input into the Provincial Co-operative Association Act

BC seeks input co-operative act

BC seeks input into the Provincial Co-operative Association Act from BCCA members and our co-operative community and is launching a review regarding co-operative associations’ incorporation and corporate governance. Your feedback submitted before the August 15, 2022 deadline could help inform vital changes to the Provincial Co-operative Association Act. The Ministry of Finance has launched a review … Continued

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

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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

BCCA AGM 2022

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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

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

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

Agriculture & Food Co-op Conference & Trade Show – Summary and Thank You

We were excited to host BC’s first Agriculture & Food Co-op Conference & Trade Show at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on March 24 and 25. This two day event was curated through the lens of agriculture and food co-operatives, with themes that included transformational leadership to be relevant in today’s context, designing community resiliency, … Continued