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Co-op Enterprises: A Model That Works For Everything

A different way to build for the future in today’s economy will be on the table October 15 when the Ottawa Co-op Network hosts a free and open panel discussion at Ottawa City Hall. The Learning Event, scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start, will explore a business model that provides an advantageous alternative to the conventional corporate structure. Reflecting “The Co-op Advantage” theme of International Co-op Week (Oct. 12-17), the audience will hear and engage with the proposition that now is the best time ever to build on the co-op advantage. Click below for more information. Goldblatt press release

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Annual General Meeting, October 31, 2015 Resolution

Topic: Dues for Associate Members Submitted by the CWCF Board of Directors WHEREAS CWCF has two types of Associate Members: 1) those which join as CWCF supporters and pay $500 / year in dues, and 2) those which join to get access to the CWCF RRSP Program and pay $100/ year in dues, and WHEREAS some of the co-operatives in CWCF’s RRSP program have requested the ability to also offer Tax-Free Savings Accounts (“TFSA’s”), WHEREAS CWCF has obtained approval from Concentra Financial and the Canada Revenue Agency to add an additional member service, a TFSA Program, open to both worker co-op members and associate members, WHEREAS the associate member dues to enable access to the RRSP program should enable use of the RRSP program and/or TFSA progam, WHEREAS the resolution approving the special $100 dues level for some associate members referred only to those using RRSP’s, and WHEREAS this is…

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Tele-learning Session: Investment Shares in Co-ops – May 19, 2015

This session, offered jointly by CWCF and CoopZone, covered the following areas: * The nature of preferred shares, terms & conditions – the basics that should be in every preferred share, all the issues around redemption (e.g., is it possible to structure preferred shares so that they are redeemable in part, and not to all shareholders)? * What is accrued interest? * What can be done under the Co-op Acts? Which are the areas that you need to double-check in your Co-op Act? Co-op Investment Shares May 2015 Final Investment Shares in Co-ops 2015_notes_fnl

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CWCF-CoopZone 2015 Conference

Building Bridges – Pour Réussir Ensemble Lord Berri Hotel, Montréal, QC Oct. 29-31, 2015 In collaboration with the Quebec RESEAU   2015 AGM documents can be found here Click here to read all about our conference. 2015 List of presenters and presentation if available / 2015 Afficher la liste des présentateurs et présentation si disponible Note that the presentations are provided in their original language. No translations are available. / Notez que les présentations sont fournis dans leur langue originale.  Aucune traduction sont disponibles. Alain Bridault : Coop Orion Worker Co-ops 101 / Coops de travail 101/   Benoît Caron : Quebec Paramedic Federation / Fédération des coopératives des Paramédics du Québec  Building Bridges Introduction / Introduction à la conférence et au thème de la conférence Pour réussir ensemble   Carl Lafontaine:  la Coopérative le Théâtre Parminou Forum Topic #1 : Building Bridges across Generations Forum – Sujet #1 : Bâtir des ponts…

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Technical Assistance Program Information

The program has 3 components: (1) the Grant Program, (2) the Co-op Index Program, and (3) the free CWCF Staff Consultation Program.  In the first two components, there is a total of $9,000 available per year[i].  Generally, 6 worker co-ops or multi-stakeholder co-ops[ii] will be able to receive assistance under the Grant Program, and/or the Co-op Index Program each year. Co-ops wishing to access the Grant and Co-op Index Programs must complete a short application form which is attached below. For the Staff Consulting Program, no application is required. 1. GRANT PROGRAM OUTLINE OF THE PROGRAM The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation (CWCF) is offering small grants to assist worker co-ops which are members of CWCF to hire a co-op developer or other professional to help with a challenge which the co-op is facing.  Assistance can be sought in any area needed such as marketing, financial administration, governance, conflict resolution, legal…

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CWCF adopts Climate Change Statement in the Lead-Up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris

CWCF calls for an agreement in Paris that includes the following elements: Commitment to 100% renewable future by 2050, Mutual Support, Equity and self-responsibility,Fair Compensation, the Common Good, and Openness and Transparency. CWCF encourages its members and partners to adopt a similar position.   150716_CWCF statement on climate change_final

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