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.

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 latter, and their collective interests and experience led them to choose the former as the kind of business it would be.  Less The Allium Does Food Differently


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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


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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


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Shift Delivery Promotes Sustainability

Vancouver worker co-op Shift Delivery launched in August, 2011, with a vision of reducing the impact of goods movement and creating empowering green jobs. To all appearances, the co-op has succeeded on both counts. Shift estimates that in the five years from 2012-2017, it avoided 70 tonnes of CO2 emissions that would have arisen from Shift Delivery Promotes Sustainability


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