BCCA To Support “Local Investment Solutions” Project, Led by the ACCA and Funded by PrairiesCan

| Announcements, Business

Excellent green jobs, supply chains that work for local produces, and succession planning solutions for owners and communities, are the economic impacts The Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA) is working towards as part of their new Local Investment Solutions (LIS) initiative, thanks to a Federal investment through PrairiesCan of more than $1.1 million. This … Continued

Are you a newcomer to Canada with a business idea you’d like to develop?

| Business, Community, Diversity

In Our Hands (IOH) is an entrepreneurship program which helps newcomers to Canada form co-operative businesses with other like-minded newcomers. The program will provide training, mentorship, networking and business development supports to newcomer co-operatives throughout the startup and scaling phases, towards long-term success! If you are interested in joining the first cohort of the In … 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

BCCA Seeks Board Members

Are you passionate about the co-operative movement? Have ideas and experience that could help lead BCCA forward? Apply to sit on BCCA’s Board of Directors (or pass this opportunity along!) Volunteer Board members attend approximately ten regular meetings a year.  Depending on your interest, skill, and background, there may be additional opportunities to be part … 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

Speaker Series #3 – April 20 11:30am-12:30pm

Local Investment Solutions – information for Opportunity Development Co-ops or Investment Co-ops interested in raising capital The BC Co-op Association (BCCA), in collaboration with the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA) is initiating this new project to enhance local investing across Western Canada. This project will develop a shared services approach to reduce transaction costs, … 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

Co-op Meet Up – Okanagan

Can you make it? Plan to attend the first in-real-time… in a long time… Co-op Meet Up, hosted by BCCA on March 29 in Vernon, BC. The BCCA Leadership Team is in Vernon for a few days – in town for a conference and leadership meeting. We’ve set time aside, hoping to connect with you … Continued

Donate Now to Help the Ukrainian People

| Announcements

The situation in Ukraine is becoming more and more dire.  And as the conflict escalates, so does the impact on millions of people as they helplessly watch their country rapidly deteriorate and face the reality of living in a war zone. And as the situation continues to deteriorate essential goods and services – such as … Continued