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COVID-19 VIRUS Resources

Last updated March 28, 2020 The continued spread of the COVID-19 virus has understandably generated many concerns and questions. CWCF encourages its members to follow the information provided by the following sources, while keeping in mind that the situation is fluid and subject to rapid change. We will be updating this page as more resources become available. Health Resources Government of Canada: Updates on the number and location of infections in Canada, information on symptoms, travel advice, awareness and prevention resources. Centers for Disease Control: Resources for businesses and employers and families, with the opportunity to subscribe to email updates. CDC Webinars: How to protect myself? COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs   World Health Organization: Global updates, travel advice, information on ongoing research. Business and Employment Resources Co-operatives Eligible for Government Support: Message from CMC outlining government support measures. Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses: Links to Information on keeping employees safe,…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for the Cooperative Business Community

** Le français suit. ** Hello/Bonjour aux membres de la FCCT /  CWCF members As sources of information on the rapidly evolving Covid19 pandemic, we suggest using the resources on the NCBA site, here, &/or the Government of Canada here. This notice is adapted with permission from CCO, and with guidance from the CWCF Executive Committee.   In order to stay safe in the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, CWCF takes the following decisions to protect CWCF staff and the communities served by the organization: Meetings for board and staff are replaced with virtual meetings.Travel and professional gatherings are limited, and/or will be virtual. If possible, they can be postponed to a later date.Management encourages employees to work from home, to the extent possible. Employees can be reached by email and phone during working hours. We also invite you to learn more about COVID-19 and to take personal measures to protect yourself from it. Thanks for your help.…

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Executive Director’s Report, December 2019

December 18, 2019 New CWCF Look and Website Coming in 2020 / Connecting with Members / Vancouver Region WC Business Succession Project / WC Start-up Training Program  – Parcours COOP (Toronto) / Reconfirming Fall 2020 Conference Dates, & more! CWCF is excited to be working with the Montreal-based, bilingual team of social justice-focused LOKI Design and Fair Trade Media on our new logo, visual identity and website.  This is a critical, creative part of CWCF’s Strategic Plan and we are keen to share these elements with all of you in the new year. Given the challenge for our board and staff to reach consensus on the new look, the project launch has had some delays – but we believe you will find it was worth the wait!  In early 2020, we will again start to reach out to Worker Co-op members and Regional Federation members to check in via phone…

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Worker Co-op Intensive Report: Human Issues in a Worker Co-op

Stephen Law presents on conflict management This day started out with great anticipation and enthusiasm and it didn’t disappoint.  The session was facilitated by Quebec board member, Jessica Provencher, who started the day off with a survey of who was in the room.  Then we got right into things with Stephen Law  who has extensive experience in mediation and conflict.  Stephen started us off with getting everyone lined up on the basis of how comfortable we are with dealing with conflict.  It was interesting to see people gathered at both ends (very comfortable to not at all comfortable) with a few people in the middle.  Overall the participants in attendance felt that conflict can be generative and bring positive outcomes but not everyone feels that they have the tools to deal with conflict.  Stephen pointed out that there are four forces at play in conflict, with the acronym FEAR (Freedom,…

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CWCF AGM News

By Kaye Grant At our recent AGM in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, the board election was held.  CWCF has three new board members: Frank Bezanson-Harris from Just Us Coffee Roasters Co-op in Grand Pré, NS (At-Large Director), Jessica Valentine from Woodshop Workers Co-op of Vancouver (BC/Yukon Director – completing a term, for two years) and Evan Proven of Sun Certified Builders Co-op in Winnipeg (Prairies/NWT/NU Director).  In an innovative development, some of the roles of the BC seat will be shared with Sandra Allen of Shift Delivery Co-op, also in Vancouver.  Welcome and congratulations!  The continuing board members are: Reba Plummer (Ontario), Eric Tusz-King (Atlantic), Jessica Provencher (Quebec), and Yvonne Chiu (At-large). We wish to extend heartfelt thanks to our outgoing board members, Yuill Herbert, Rick Proven and Ian Marsh for their valuable work on our board.  CWCF greatly appreciates their many contributions.  At the AGM, we thanked each of them…

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CWCF’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

PDF version Vision To be a growing, cohesive network of democratically controlled worker co-ops that provide a high quality of worklife, and support the development of healthy, just and sustainable local economies, based on co-operative values and principles. Mission To work in solidarity with our members to achieve our Vision of a Co-operative Economy; To support the development of new worker co-ops; To strengthen the Federation, to animate the worker co-operative movement; and To represent and promote the Canadian worker co-op movement in Canada and internationally. Strategic Priorities   Engage and strengthen current members (Worker Co-ops &Regional Federations) Build Solidarity Economy[i] Build Awareness and Scale-up Worker Co-operatives Goals Grow and strengthen worker co-operatives Develop and strengthen the worker co-operative eco-system Increase the capacity and resources available to CWCF Key Activities Engage worker co-op members in a variety of ways; in-person,social media, Loomio, and conferences Improve the Technical Assistance Program including…

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Model By-Laws: Multi-stakeholder Co-operative (under the Quebec Co-operatives Act)

The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation acknowledges that the “Ministère de l’Industrie et du Commerce, Direction des coopératives,” the Government of Quebec’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Co-operative Directorate is the drafter of this document, which originally appeared in French as part of their publication Coopérative de solidarité:  Constitution, Organisation, Fonctionnement.  We are grateful for their permission to translate and re-print this document.  Further, the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation gratefully acknowledges the support of Heritage Canada in the translation of this document. The document can be downloaded here: Solidarity co-op bylaw

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CWCF-CoopZone 2018 Conference Presentations

Click to view the following presentations from the 2018 CWCF-CoopZone Conference: Russ Christianson Financial Management of a Worker Co-op Pascal Billard New generation coops kristen Wittmen new generation coops   Marty Frost Financing your worker co-opChristina Baker CCIF financing for co-operatives Bill Dinsdale ACU financing your worker co-op  Cooperatives First    Social Enterprise Worker Co-ops  Co-operators CoopGuard and MBP         If you need these presentations in another format please let us know.

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2018 AGM Materials

Below are the files you will want to read for CWCF’s 2018 AGM in Winnipeg.  We regret that most of these documents are available only in English.  / Nous regrettons que la plupart de ces documents ne soient disponibles qu’en anglais. Si vous avez besoin d’aide pour comprendre la langue, consultez en français s’il vous plaît avec la directrice générale Hazel Corcoran, hazel@canadianworker.coop.  Merci AgendaAGM18_26Oct_fnl CWCF AGM 17 Minutes fnl draft Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation 2018 FS CWCF 2018-19 budget_fnl Form for Resolutions 2018 Annual Report 2018_fnl Candidate Bios Jessica Provencher bio_2018 Diversity of Board_Targets- Jessica Provencher Ian Marsh statement_10-2018 Diversity of Board_Targets – Ian Marsh Reba Plummer board candidate 2018 Diversity of Board_Targets -Reba Plummer Yvonne Chiu’s bio and canadiate statement_nov. 2, 2018_fnl Yvonne Chiu_Diversity of Board_Targets 2 Strategic Plan CWCF Strategic Plan V7A 2019-2022 CWCF Strategic Plan Context and Analysis Oct 2018_fnl CWCF Policy on Harassment CWCF Policy on Harassment_28_Oct2017_web site…

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CICOPA We Own It!

WE OWN IT! is a campaign funded by supporters all around the globe. From national organisations representing cooperatives in Argentina, Italy, the UK, Korea…to cooperative enterprises and groups like the Mondragon Corporation in Spain, The Co-operators in Canada and Ecosviluppo in Italy. Read all about it here: http://www.cicopa.coop/cicopa_old/Stay-tuned-WE-OWN-IT-the-campaign.html

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