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Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities: Incompatibility and Innovation

Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities: Incompatibility and Innovation By Princie Reza  Supervised by Justin Podur A Major Paper submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree in Master in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. July 2017 This paper examines the sufficiency of the worker cooperative model in addressing precarious employment within marginalized communities with a specific focus on immigrant and low-income South Asian immigrant women in Ontario. Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities:

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Culture (including indigenous culture) and Social Change

This paper by Greg O’Neill discusses, among other things, the commonalities between Inuit traditional knowledge (or Inuit Quajimajatuqangit (IQ), similar to other indigenous traditions) and the co-operative movement’s values and principles.  It begins: “One of the most significant recent developments in redrawing the geo-political map of Canada was the creation of the Nunavut Territory. I am fortunate enough to have been involved in the Co-operative Movement in Arctic Canada for some time and have had the chance to work with the remarkable people of Nunavut. As the Inuit of Nunavut have moved towards establishing their identity as a separate territory in Canada, they have looked to the elders of their society to provide guidance in how that should be done. A truly remarkable piece of work has been completed recently in Nunavut that is the collection, through interviews with elders, of Inuit traditional knowledge or Inuit Quajimajatuqangit (IQ). This term…

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RRSP / TFSA Program Documents

All the documents that you will need to use as part of the RRSP program are available here for download. Current forms for Co-ops 1a CWCF Co-op Support Manual (12.2016) 1b Associate Membership Application Form (08.2015) 1b Worker Coop Membership Application Form (08.2015) 1c Co-op Associate Membership Agency Agreement (08.2015) 1c Worker Co-op Agency Agreement (08.2015) 2a RRSP Declaration of Trust – English (09.2017) 2b RRSP Declaration of Trust – French (09.2017) 2c TFSA Declaration of Trust – English (01.2017) 2d TFSA Declaration of Trust – French (01.2017) 3a RRSP Application Form – Bilingual (01.2017) 3b TFSA Application – English (01.2017) 3c TFSA Application – French (01.2017) 4 Designation of Beneficiary Form (08.2015) 5a Co-op Associate Fee Schedule (08.2015) 5b Worker-Coop Fee Schedule (08.2015) 6 Co-op Payment Authorization Form (02.2018) 7a Deposit Form – English (10.2017) 7b Deposit Form – French (10.2017) 8 Direct Transfer-In Form (10.2017) 9a RRSP Co-op…

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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. Due to the small amount of funds available in this program and the limited administrative resources in CWCF, the enclosed application provides the CWCF with preliminary screening of the potential projects.  To pass this first stage, your group must be approved as an eligible co-op that meets the strategic priorities of CWCF.  CWCF will seek to ensure that grants are allocated fairly over different regions of the country. There is no set deadline, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. [1] NOTE: Worker co-op member dues in CWCF are…

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Indivisible Reserve

CWCF: Indivisible Reserve What is an Indivisible Reserve? An indivisible reserve in a worker co-op is property owned by the co-operative/the co-operative movement which can never be divided among members.  It is created by allocating a set percentage (e.g., 20% or 40%) of annual surpluses to the indivisible reserve. Who “owns” the capital in the reserve?  It is permanent co-operative capital, and is notionally seen as the value of the common effort of the members. As long as the co-op is operating as a co-op, it can use the indivisible reserve like any other retained earnings.  In other words, this reserve can be controlled by the members, but not accessed by them for distribution to themselves individually.  “Indivisible” means that if the co-op ceases to exist as a co-operative (e.g., because it is wound up, or sold), the reserve will go to a co-op development fund, a federation or another…

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Selling Your Business to Your Employees – special Conference Session

Should you sell your business to your employees?  Nov. 5th, 2014 Workshop on succession planning through conversion to a worker co-operative WOLFVILLE, NS. – The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) has announced plans to host its 23rd annual fall conference in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley from November 5-8, together with co-host CoopZone, at the Old Orchard Inn. If you own a small business, you are invited to join worker co-operative experts and other small business owners at a special evening workshop on converting small businesses to worker co-operatives, which is being held in conjunction with this Conference. For small business owners, worker co-operatives can be a powerful tool for succession planning  and can help create a strong business through shared entrepreneurship.  This two-hour session, on Nov. 5th at 7 – 9 pm, will introduce small business owners to the benefits and challenges of co-operative conversions, and help owners decide if…

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