Your co-operative starts with good design

Co-ops need three things to be successful: the right people, solving the right problem, with the right business idea. Getting these things right will set you and your business on the path to success. That’s why all Co-operatives First supports start by ensuring your project has these key elements. 

In the early days of your project, it can be hard to know if you are going in the right direction. That’s where our team of experts comes in. We always start by listening and asking the right questions to make sure your business creates value for the people involved and is designed for success. 

If you want to start a co-op in Western Canada, we can support you. Here’s how it works:

  • Get in touch with us and let us know you’re interested.
  • We will follow up to schedule a 15-30 minute call.
  • Once we’ve verified you’re human and your project is in Western Canada, one of our expert advisors will set up an Exploring Opportunities workshop for your group.
  • Your group takes the workshop!
  • You get access to our follow-up tools and resources for co-operative start-ups.

You may also be interested in the tools and resources available on the Co-op Creator.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”