Co-ops in Canada

A three-hour training course on co-ops in Canada

This course will introduce you to co-operatives, why people start co-ops, how they are created, and their impact on the Canadian economy.

Created by Co-operatives First and the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives with the support of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED), the course describes the co-operative model, provides background context to co-operatives in Canada, and outlines the important contribution co-ops make to Canada. Get started today!

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Les coopératives au Canada

Une introduction pour le personnel du government du Canada

La coopérative est un type d’entreprise unique qui donne aux personnes et aux communautés le pouvoir de décider comment répondre à leurs propres besoins et aspirations. Le cours vous fera découvrir les cooperatives, pourquoi et comment elles sont créées, et leur incidence sur l’économie canadienne.

Avec le soutien d’Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada par Co-operatives First et le Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, ce cours décrit le modèle coopératif, présente le contexte général des coopératives au Canada et souligne l’importante contribution des coopératives en Canada.

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“Heather and the team at Co-operatives First are top-notch. Not only their knowledge but their understanding of the project. They have truly helped us along every step of the way. Their timely response and knowledge of the steps are extraordinary. They are forthcoming with information. This is one of the most knowledgeable and friendliest teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Weyburn Theatre

“Co-operatives First made the process of establishing our Artisan Co-operative a very clear and easy process. The expanse of available tools and resources provided by Co-operatives First answers many questions and lightens the workload. Greatly appreciate having the connections made with Trista and Kyle, they keep the co-operative moving forward.”

Nehiyawaskiy Indigenous Peoples Art Co-op

“Our experience working with the Co-operatives First team was absolutely fabulous. The staff was accommodating, knowledgeable and patient. It was truly a breath of fresh air to have such a wealth of skill and resources available to a non-profit. They were invaluable to our successful launch!”

Heart Linked Community Services Cooperative

“Working with Co-operatives First was fantastic! We are still new to the cooperative world, and we relied heavily on their advice and expertise when drafting our rules/bylaws, and our memorandum of association. The team has experience with many different cooperative models, so they provided advice on what has and hasn’t worked for other cooperatives. We wouldn’t have been able to incorporate without their help!”

Ananda Cooperative

“We have had a very positive experience with everyone at Co-operatives First. They have helped us in multiple ways. Right from the first step in knowing how to incorporate, how to set our business and offering ideas for us to help steer us in the right direction plus allowing us to really make our own decisions. If our decisions go off track, they have gently guided us back to where we needed to be. The Co-operatives first guys are always eager to answer questions, and give ideas to us that got us off the ground.”

South East Butcher Block