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Technical Assistance Program Information

[Also available in French; aussi disponible en français.] CWCF Technical Assistance Program  The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation (“CWCF”) offers small grants, through our accumulated reserves, to worker co-operatives to help pay for consulting services such as marketing, financial administration, expansion, conflict resolution or legal issues. For start-ups, co-op conversions, and expansions, grants can cover pre-feasibility studies (a preliminary assessment of the viability of your idea), project plans (a description of the steps required to take your idea from the conceptual stage to the concrete), by-law development, or other work required. The grants cover consulting services provided by members of the CoopZone Co-operative Developers’ Network, or by other consultants upon approval. In addition, CWCF can assist developing worker co-ops by directing you to other sources of support for business planning and organizational development. The program has 2 components: (1) the Grant Program, and (2) the CWCF Staff Consultation Program. Worker co-ops…

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CWCF adopts Climate Change Statement in Lead-Up to UN Climate Conference in Paris, updated 11-2018

CWCF has an updated, Nov. 2018 draft of its Climate Change Statement.  In sum, CWCF calls for urgent international action 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.  See attached.  Many thanks to the Leap Manifesto group for encouraging CWCF to draft this update! CWCF-statement-on-climate-change_UPDATED_27_11_2018   NOTE: old version, from the fall of 2015:  CWCF called for an agreement in Paris that included these same elements. 150716_CWCF statement on climate change_final

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Cooperatives active in the construction sector showing the path to the formal economy in Canada

This article was written by CWCF upon request from the international worker co-operative organization, CICOPA, for a series on co-ops and the informal economy. The Fourth Pig and Les Constructions Ensemble are featured here. Click here to read this in English, French, or Spanish. CICOPA’s Bruno Roelants will be presenting to the International Labour Organization Conference in Geneva in early June on this topic, to encourage the ILO to place a strong reference to worker co-operatives as a way to bring workers into the formal economy. CWCF has advocated on this topic with the Canadian Labour Congress and other delegates to the ILO Conference from Canada.

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CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE AMERICAS CICOPA TO THE 3rd COOPERATIVE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS

The continental section of the International Organization of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Cooperatives (CICOPA-Americas) has seen in a very promising way the thematic agenda proposed by ICA-Americas for the III Cooperative Summit of the Americas to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, early next November. There is no doubt the call “for integration that generates social change” placed, in the right perspective, the role to which cooperatives have been convened at this historical conjuncture of humanity. From CICOPA Americas we have been making efforts to strengthen the capacity for dialogue of the cooperative movement on a global scale, knowing that in a globalized world the problems of some are the problems of all, and that the future of humanity and the planet should be the greatest concern of the movement. Contributions of the Americas CICOPA to the 3rd Cooperative Summit of the Americas

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Planet S Magazine Turns 10!

A New Cooperative Press for a New Media Age September 2012 marked an important historical milestone for Saskatoon and the province’s co-operative movement—Planet S magazine’s first ten years of independent city journalism. Published by an award-winning, home-grown workers’ co-op, its triumph will be remembered as one of this province’s great co-operative campaigns—like the pooling, retail co-op, credit union, insurance mutual and community clinic organizing waves of previous decades. Their campaign busted the province’s print media monopoly, long a foe of Prairie co-operation, in its two major urban centres. In 1993, it launched Regina’s prairie dog. In 2002 it published the first of 365 issues (to date) of Saskatoon’s Planet S Magazine. Together these co-operatively published city-papers now reach about 120,000 urban adults every issue. Making Cooperative History Mounting a meaningful alternative to the corporate media monopoly, particularly in the volatile new networked media economy, is no small achievement. Ironically, these…

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Yellowknife Glass Recyclers Co-op

Yellowknife Glass Recyclers converted to an employee- owned co-op in July 2006 to take advantage of growing popularity of high-quality recycled glassware and the opening of a glass distribution retail store. The full story of this worker co-op conversion is attached as a pdf. Location: Based in Yellowknife, distribution markets across the Northwest Territories and the rest of CanadaLegal Structure: Limited Workers Co-operativeType of activity: Production and marketing of recycled glasswareDate of establishment: July 2006Membership: 6Latest Annual Revenues: $100,000 Key features: In 1994, Matthew Grogono founded a business that used a recycled washing machine as a converting device to cut bottles, grind rims and polish vessels into useable glassware. Since then, the business has developed a diversified line of products including drinking glasses, vases, bowls and candleholders of various sizes and colours. The patterns are created by local artists and reflect the unique ecology and environment of Northern Canada. The…

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