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.

Kootenay Bakery Cafe’ Co-operative Has Found a Recipe for Success

By Kenzie Love In the almost 20 years since it set up shop in Nelson, BC, the Kootenay Bakery Cafe’ Cooperative has developed a reputation for nourishing food and a welcoming environment. The Cafe’ has always emphasized customer service — with the understanding that what’s good for its customers is good for its employees too. Kootenay Bakery Cafe’ Co-operative Has Found a Recipe for Success


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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

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


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