News & Events

A Message from CWCF

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves in the midst of difficult times and a rapidly changing situation.  We have set up a post on our website that already contains many valuable resources, and we will be adding to it as more become available.  But in the meantime, we wanted to let A Message from CWCF

COVID-19 VIRUS Resources

Last updated May 14, 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 COVID-19 VIRUS Resources

Webinar: Chucking the Co-operative Principles at the Peril of Worker Co-operatives

New Date: September 30, 2020, from 12 – 1p.m. ET Register on Eventbrite (free for members, $20 for non-members) Using illustrations from existing worker co-ops of various sizes and in various parts of Canada, Spain, and other countries, this webinar will look at why and how they relied on the Seven Co-operative Principles to get Webinar: Chucking the Co-operative Principles at the Peril of Worker Co-operatives

Report from the Executive Director, February 2020

By Hazel Corcoran CWCF Conference/new logo and website/North American Worker Co-op Summit II/GM Oshawa plant conversion/Investment Readiness Program proposal/ICA World Co-op Congress bid/Edmonton meet-and-greet. Plans for the CWCF 2020 Conference in Vancouver  (Nov 12-14, at the YWCA Hotel and another venue for the keynote) are proceeding apace.  We are thrilled to have confirmed the keynote: Nathan Schneider, Report from the Executive Director, February 2020

CWCF Conference 2020

Postponed to November 2021 in Vancouver (dates to be determined) CWCF is pleased to announce Nathan Schneider as the keynote speaker for our 2020 conference November 12-14 in Vancouver, BC.  Nathan has extensive experience covering the worker co-op sector, including his recent book Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy, CWCF Conference 2020

Webinar: The Social and Solidarity Economy (“SSE”) and Worker Co-ops

The slide deck and audio recording of the webinar are available below. Co-ops inevitably overlap with other movements and in this webinar we will explore how worker co-ops fit into the Social and Solidarity Economy and with social enterprises. We invite participants to come with ideas of how to better partner in these spaces for Webinar: The Social and Solidarity Economy (“SSE”) and Worker Co-ops

2020 CWCF Membership Renewal Is Open

These are exciting times for CWCF.  We’ve begun implementing our strategic plan, and we’re already starting to see results in a number of areas, from working to grow our Tenacity Works Investment Fund, to partnering with Green Jobs Oshawa on a feasibility study for a worker-owned electric vehicle production facility at the old GM plant. 2020 CWCF Membership Renewal Is Open

What If We had an Antidote to Worker Co-ops Selling out? The case for indivisible reserves in worker co-operatives

By Hazel Corcoran I read with great concern about the sale of New Belgium Brewery to Kirin-owned Lion Little World Beverages.  The concern is not only for the loss of this ESOP, as disappointing as that is.  Rather, it is because we know that every ESOP, worker co-operative and enterprise in the solidarity economy is What If We had an Antidote to Worker Co-ops Selling out? The case for indivisible reserves in worker co-operatives