Worker Co-op Profiles

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

Glorious Organics Values Co-operation, Communication, and Community

By Kenzie Love One of the first certified organic farms in BC’s Fraser Valley, Glorious Organics began with a group of farmers who seized an opportunity to supply the Northwest Territories pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver with a then-novel product: pre-cut salads. The concept was successful enough that the farmers decided they could make Glorious Organics Values Co-operation, Communication, and Community


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Oasis Lavenders Cooperative Treats the Senses and Nourishes the Soul

By Kenzie Love Oasis Lavenders Cooperative is a working farm, but as its name would suggest, it’s also a refuge of sorts. Located in the town of Summerland in BC’s Okanagan Valley, the traditional unceded territory of the syilx/Okanagan people, the farm offers visitors a multisensory experience, while at the same time providing a corridor Oasis Lavenders Cooperative Treats the Senses and Nourishes the Soul


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coopérative Tënk Celebrates Documentaries

By Hannah Rackow For coopérative Tënk in Montreal, bringing lesser-known documentaries to audiences across Canada is both a passion and a mission. Florence Lamothe, co-founder and general manager of the co-op, explains that “the documentary is a rather under-circulated, under-loved and under-financed medium and cinematographic genre these days.” Tënk aims to address that gap by coopérative Tënk Celebrates Documentaries


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Thetis Island Farm Co-operative an Oasis Amidst “Food Desert”

By Kenzie Love It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention, and for Thetis Island Farm Co-operative, it’s a pretty apt description. Located within BC’s Gulf Islands, Thetis Island’s roughly 380 residents also exist within something of a “food desert”, lacking access to a grocery store. But with a recent influx of young Thetis Island Farm Co-operative an Oasis Amidst “Food Desert”


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Aster Group’s Members Have Diverse Skills But Common Values

By Kenzie Love An environmental consultancy based in Sackville, New Brunswick, Aster Group launched in 2013, the brainchild of a small group whose members all had a history of working for either government or nonprofit organizations. The members wanted an entity that would bring together their expertise in various areas and offer them autonomy while Aster Group’s Members Have Diverse Skills But Common Values


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Creating Websites Just the Starting Point for Weaver Digital Design & Storytelling

By Kenzie Love For Vancouver Island-based worker co-op Weaver Digital Design & Storytelling, the year since its launch has been one to remember, with the impact of the pandemic offering both challenges and opportunities. Initial concerns about whether there would be enough work to go around were soon replaced by the realization that there might Creating Websites Just the Starting Point for Weaver Digital Design & Storytelling


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VALU Co-op Offers Artists the Chance to Make a Living and a Life

By Kenzie Love Precarious, low-paying work has long been a feature of employment in the arts sector. A group of Vancouver artists, however, wanted to change that, so they founded VALU (Vancouver Artists Labour Union) Co-op, a unionized worker co-op intended to provide stable income for its members.  VALU’s members were also motivated by a VALU Co-op Offers Artists the Chance to Make a Living and a Life


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