The Co-op Creator

Explore an extensive collection of tools and resources for all stages of co-op business development. If you are creating a co-op, this is your one-stop-shop to get it up and running.

What you get

  • All the tools & resources needed to get a co-operative business up and running in western Canada
  • Online business plan creator

Who should take advantage of this product

  • Economic, business and community development professionals guiding groups through the process of starting a co-operative business
  • Community leaders working through the process of starting a co-operative business
  • Groups starting a co-op that don’t need direct support from the Co-operative First team
  • Groups getting support from our team


Co-operatives First is a privately funded entity. We do not charge for our services and will do our best to limit any foreseen group or community costs related to our participation.

“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.”