BC Government Announces Investment in Co-op Development

In July 2022, the BC Government announced a new investment of $2 million through a one-time government grant to British Columbia’s co-operative movement. 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 investment announcement and what … 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

| Community, Education |

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

| 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

Welcome New Members

| Announcements

We’d like to welcome BCCA’s newest members – Diamond Springs Water Bottling Cooperative in Fanny Bay and the Dawson Co-operative Union in Dawson Creek. Diamond Springs Water Bottling Cooperative A worker co-operative set up to provide pure, healthy, ethical, and sustainably-sourced bottled water to households within the natural drainage basin of Wilfred Creek. The Dawson … 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

BCCA AGM – June 2

| Announcements, Governance

The Board of Directors and staff of the BC Co-op Association are looking forward to sharing exciting updates and connecting with you at our hybrid AGM taking place at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (at Simon Fraser University) in downtown Vancouver and online Thursday, June 2 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. See the AGM … Continued

Opportunities for Employment

Job posting

We’re Hiring! Join our Team. We are looking for keen individuals who will complement our team. It’s about the fit. You are flexible, friendly, collaborative and self-directed. Your values and attitude fit the co-op movement and its identity and principles. Please use the provided links to view the available positions within our organization and to … Continued