The 2022 British Columbia Budget – Response from the BC Co-op Association

| Announcements, Government, Opportunities

On February 22, Finance Minister Selina Robinson released the Province of British Columbia’s 2022-2023 budget, Stronger Together. Highlights included: expanding licensed childcare by 40,000 new spaces over the next seven years supporting preparedness for climate disasters, with $210 million to support community climate-change preparedness investing into an inclusive and clean economy, with than $1 billion … Continued

Speaker Series #2 – February 16

Join us on Wednesday, February 16 from 11:30am-12:30pm BC Time (12:30-1:30pm Alberta time) for a one hour webinar profiling the “In Our Hands” project! Register by clicking here   About the Program In Our Hands (IOH) is a co-operative entrepreneurship (“co-opreneurship”) program that aims to facilitate the development of co-operative enterprises that meet the employment … Continued

Co-operate Now: Co-op Development Bootcamp – March 2-5 in Nelson!

| Agriculture, Business, Community, Environment, Events

Are you part of a team interested in forming your own co-op? Join us for the next cohort of Co-operate Now: Co-op Development Bootcamp for entrepreneurs and community members ready to build their co-op enterprise. The spring session plans to be a primarily in-person affair, hosted by our friends at the Upper Columbia Co-op Council  in beautiful Nelson, BC from … Continued

February 24 Webinar – How the Co-op Model Serves Value-Add: A Dialogue

| Agriculture, Announcements, Business, Community

Join us for a lively tete-a-tete with Jennifer Walsh, Manager of the BC Food Hub Network in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Simona Caselli, Head of EU Affairs Legacoop Agri-food / National Association of Agri-food Cooperatives for Rural & Coastal Development. We’ll hear about the BC Food Hub Network’s mandate to increase … Continued

Co-op welcomes funding applications for community spaces

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Co-op Community Spaces

Community Spaces – Places For Everyone As Western Canadians, let’s enjoy the spaces that bring us together. Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to invest in the communities we serve, Co-op will contribute $1 million to help support projects … Continued

New Funding for Immigrant ‘Co-opreneurship’ Program

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We’re excited to announce that the BCCA has recently been selected as a recipient of the WES Mariam Assefa grant to develop In Our Hands: a new ‘co-opreneurship’ program for newcomers to Canada. The In Our Hands program will be developed in partnership with Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA), the Women’s Economic Council (WEC) … Continued

Welcome New Member – Valu Coop

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  The BCCA is pleased to welcome our newest member – Vancouver Artists Labour Union (VALU) Co-operative! Valu Co-op is a unionized workers co-operative that operates a printing studio in Vancouver’s Chinatown. They do screen printing, heat press, buttons, stickers, masks, tees, and totes. Valu Co-op has a goal to transform labour practices within the … Continued

Year end Q and A with the Executive Director

| Announcements |

Question: What are some of the highlights from this past year? One of the biggest highlights this past year was seeing the continued co-operation between the ACCA and BCCA. This co-operation resulted in more collaborative events and efficient delivery of services. I am seeing this same emphasis on cooperation between our members as well, as … Continued