Credit Unions and COVID-19

As credit unions work tirelessly to respond to the needs of their communities and members, we are seeing many stepping in to provide financial relief programs and other solutions in response to the crisis. For example, Ladysmith & District Credit Union has immediately made available up to $1,000,000 in Emergency Relief Term Loans for existing … Continued

Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Launch!

Community Foundations of Canada, the Chantier de l’économie sociale, and their regional partners including the Vancouver Foundation have launched their Investment Readiness Programs (IRP). Applications will be accepted from Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM (EST) to Feb 10 2020 08:00 PM (EST).   IRP offers funding between $10,000 to $100,000 to support social purpose organizations, which includes co-ops, … Continued

Kootenay Carshare Launches Wheelchair Lift Van!

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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

Community Economic Development Bursaries for the Kootenay Region

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  The SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development, together with Heritage Credit Union, Kootenay Savings Credit Union and Nelson and District Credit Union, are pleased to announce a $6,000 Community Economic Development Bursary Program.   With equal contributions from the credit unions, the bursary program will provide up to six, $1,000 bursaries to emerging … Continued

Congratulations to Kootenay Co-op Radio!

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The “Show Us Your Co-op!” photo contest ended on April 30, 2012. Congratulations to our winners! Kootenay Co-op Radio takes first place for the beautiful black and white, original photos they submitted. Caisse populaire Desjardins de Hauterive takes second place for demonstrating creativity and co-operative spirit in their group photo. For the complete story and … Continued

UCCC 2011 Co-op Week Event

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Co-op Week is fast approaching! October 16-22, with International Credit Union Day on October 20th The Council would like to invite you all to a lunchtime get-together of cooperators, on Tuesday, October 18th, from 11am-1pm Kootenay Country Store Co-op (outside covered area) 295 Baker Street in Nelson Light snacks will be served, and it will … Continued

New website for co-operators in British Columbia!

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Hello Local Co-operators, We’re happy to announce that the Upper Columbia Co-op Council website is now up! It’s at: The site contains background information on the Council, its history and current members; answers to some frequently asked questions; membership information; meeting minutes and dates; press clippings; events notices; and an expanding selection of resources … Continued

UCCC Incorporates!

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October was an exciting month for the Cooperatives and Credit Unions in the Kootenays! On October 28, the Upper Columbia Cooperative Council received its Certificate of Incorporation from the Registrar of Companies in Victoria, ushering in a new era of cooperation in the region. The Upper Columbia Co-op Council ( UCCC) has formed to increase … Continued