Starting a Worker Co-op

Creating a worker co-operative that will meet the needs of its members and provide an opportunity for their continual development within a financial viable enterprise is both challenging and satisfying. The place to start is with a clear understanding of What is a Worker Co-op? and the Co-operative Principles and Values that guide its operations.

The pages in this section walk you through the basic steps and considerations in starting your worker co-operative. See Starting a Worker Co-op: A Canadian Handbook attached below. For further assistance please contact the federation or a co-op developer.

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The federal government has created a comprehensive guide to starting a co-operative including:  legislative requirements in all provinces, territories and the federal government; co-operative structure; business plan requirements; and FAQ’s. See: