Success Stories

Worker Co-ops are actively involved in the economic and socio-economic fabric of their communities. This page gives a sampling of successful worker co-ops.

The Allium Does Food Differently

When The Allium was conceived in early 2019 in Calgary, it came into being as a worker co-op first and a restaurant second. Its founders knew they wanted to establish one of the former, and their collective interests and experience led them to choose the latter as the kind of business it would be.  Less The Allium Does Food Differently

Multicultural Health Brokers Creates Health Through Community

By Kenzie Love From humble beginnings as a pilot project focused on expecting parents in Edmonton’s Chinese immigrant community, Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative (MCHB) has grown to a worker co-operative of 100 workers serving members of all ages from 30 different ethnolinguistic communities. Yvonne Chiu, the co-op’s executive director, has been with MCHB for this Multicultural Health Brokers Creates Health Through Community

Vancouver’s Wood Shop Workers’ Co-op Builds with Community

Vancouver’s Wood Shop Workers’ Co-op produces a wide variety of products out of reclaimed wood, crafting everything from bed frames to kitchen tables. The unifying theme, however, is to create furniture that looks good, feels good, and does good. Incorporated in 2014, Wood Shop  emerged out of a local social enterprise incubator called Groundswell. The Vancouver’s Wood Shop Workers’ Co-op Builds with Community

DSW Co-operative Embraces Co-op Alternative for Developmental Services Work

Like many developmental services workers, Claire Maxwell faced a difficult choice when it came to breaking into the industry — working for a large, private company that would offer her little or no say in its operations, or working on her own, isolating her from others in the field and offering no external support. Neither DSW Co-operative Embraces Co-op Alternative for Developmental Services Work