Co-operative News October 15, 2019

//Co-operative News October 15, 2019

Co-operative News October 15, 2019

It’s Canadian Co-op Week – Oct 13th to 19th! 

Co-op Week has been celebrated by francophones throughout Canada since 1958. In 1981 celebrations were held among anglophone co-ops in the Maritimes and Saskatchewan. The event went national in 1982 with the encouragement of the Co-operative Union of Canada, a predecessor of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.


Co-op Week appears to be a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. In the US, October is Co-op Month, and the International Co-operative Alliance and United Nations have an International Day of Co-operatives on the first Saturday in July.


International Credit Union Day, co-ordinated by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU),  has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948. 


For more information about what’s happening in Canada this week visit:


Burnaby Working on Partnership With Province to Build Housing

The new Burnaby municipal council are looking to partner with the province and BC Housing to increase non-market housing in this city by up to 25 per cent.

Mayor Mike Hurely said, “New affordable housing for seniors, for families with children and more – this is about ensuring Burnaby is a city with a place for everyone. During the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing process earlier this year, residents told us they wanted more affordable housing of all types. This initiative puts more of the task force recommendations into real action.”

Burnaby city and BC Housing are looking at six sites for long-term lease to a non-profit housing society, non-profit housing co-operative or a government housing entity. BC Housing would fund and finance the development of the projects. 

Co-op Space Available for Rent!

Our good friends at the Wood Shop Worker’s Co-op have space for rent at 1245 Glen Dr.

 Located in the industrial area of East Vancouver in a 5000 sqf building, Wood Shop is looking to share portions of our new building with other similar businesses.

This space is available immediately. There are currently two offices (70 sqf or 180 sqf) and a 900 sqf upstairs open area available for sublease. Leases include shared access to the Wood Shop workshop and tooling, office printer, bookable meeting space, and more. 

If you’re interested to learn more, please email 


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I love radio and pursue stories about people and communities working together to solve challenges creatively and often, with a lot of heart. It's the human side of the co-op model that intrigues me. That and any chance to travel, especially to smaller locales, where folks seem to know that co-operating just makes good sense!

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