Community Investment Co-ops: A Growing Co-operative Sector in BC

| Business, Community | ,

  The demand and necessity to invest for impact, globally and locally, is on the rise. However, current investment options and regulations in BC & Canada significantly restrict Canadians from investing into local opportunities.  The result is that nearly all investment capital leaves local communities and is placed into far-off stock markets and corporations. This disconnects investors from … Continued

Join Us for Co-op Week Celebrations!

| Community, Education |

We love co-op week, for obvious reasons – but also because it’s a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the diversity and potential of co-ops and credit unions across this province. There are plenty of events happening throughout the week that you can take part in to learn more about the sector (and have … Continued

Vancouver Island Co-op Crawl: Principle #2 in Action

| Business, Community |

While in Victoria for this year’s AGM, the BCCA staff took the opportunity to visit several members and other co-ops on Vancouver Island. This included tours at Peninsula Co-op, Stocksy United, and Victoria Women in Need Community Co-operative (WIN). Co-ops have the ability to address social issues on a community level while providing better ways … Continued

Kootenay Carshare Launches Wheelchair Lift Van!

| Community |

We are excited to share the news that our member, Kootenay Carshare Cooperative, has launched its Wheelchair Lift Van as of July 1st! In addition, this wheelchair van is the first of its kind in a carshare co-op fleet. The new wheelchair van is part of the “Get a Lift” project that started back in … Continued

CIS Staff Change

| Education, Youth |

Dear Co-op members and colleagues, It is a time of change for our Co-ops in Schools (CIS) Program as we announce that CIS Director of Youth Programs, Tasha Nathanson, is moving on to a new work opportunity overseas. Tasha has put a remarkable amount of time and energy into making CIS the valuable and ambitious … Continued

Co-ops in Schools Program profiled in Scoop Magazine!

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CHFBC’s Scoop Magazine has recently profiled the BCCA’s Co-ops in School Program! The Summer 2016 edition of Scoop is available online here: http://scoopmag.ca You can directly access the article via this link(pdf): Tri-Mentorship piece-Scoop Summer 2016.pdf As well, it can be accessed through CHFBC’s main site: http://www.chf.bc.ca A big thanks to CHFBC & Scoop Magazine for profiling … Continued

2016 International Summit of Cooperatives

| Business |

Three Days of Unmissable Meetings for Business Leaders   Discover the program! From October 11 to 13, 2016, cooperative and mutual managers and decision-makers from around the world can exchange and gear up in order to improve their cooperatives’ ability to ACT while working to reveal the firepower of this business model in relation to … Continued

Dear Santa!

| Community |

Dear Santa, Several of our members have asked the BC Co-op Association to write to you with their wish list for the co-op sector for 2015. We’re hoping that you can make all their wishes come true! Mary Childs of Ethos Law has asked for “a realistic capital raising exemption under securities law, which would … Continued