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Coming soon ... MCA Cooperative Youth Retreat

As February winds up, here at MCA we start planning for the 32nd Co-op Youth Leadership retreat!

CY camp, as it is known, is an amazing opportunity for youth from across the province to come together for 3 ½ days to hone their leadership and teamwork skills, explore challenging world issues, and learn about how co-ops are strengthening the local and global community.

To provide youth with this life enriching experience, participants are required to find sponsorship from their local co-op or credit union. This is a great opportunity to build connections with youth in your community and help to plant the seeds for future cooperative leaders!

From May 4 – May 7 camp will once again be held at the Riding Mountain Conference Centre, on the shores of Clear Lake. Brochures and posters will be mailed out and available online soon so spread the word to youth 15-18 years.

New this year!  We are looking at chartering a bus from select areas including Winnipeg to help youth get to and from camp.

For more information about Co-op Youth Leadership Retreat send Jesse an email at


Manitoba cooperative mentorship program update

At the MCA Awards Banquet on October 19th, 2016, MCA and the Economic Development Council Of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM) announced a developing partnership for a new mentorship program specifically designed for cooperatives.
The next four months were dedicated to framing the program, in elaborating the necessary material in collaboration with Réseau M, from whom the program is modeled, and in promoting the project. March 13th will be a major milestone in its implementation plan as the first five dyads will be formed.
Keep checking this newsletter for more information about this program or contact its coordinator, Christian Fais, for more information at


Celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation

Canada’s Emerging Co-operators (18-35) are celebrating the Canadian cooperative movement as part of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Styled after the popular “Humans of New York” social media storytelling favorite, people will be challenged to tell their innovative co-op story in 150 words with a supporting photo or image.
So, what’s your passionate co-op experience or idea? What does your co-op start-up look like in 50, or 150 years?
The most popular 150-word co-op story tellers will be showcased in Ottawa in June and in November as part of our official gatherings.
This social media story telling will be broadly promoted on Facebook and Instagram to build public perception of and understanding of the role of cooperatives in the Canadian economy. As many as 150 cooperative stories from across Canada collected over the length of the social media project will be published as a journal and submitted to Library and Archives Canada via legal deposit. 
You can share your 150-word co-op post with them over Instagram @Coop150 or with us image of your choosing using the hashtag #coop150. We will share your post with all of Canada. You can also send your story and a photo to for us to post on your behalf.

Submitted by Amanda Gilchrist on behalf of Canada's Emerging Co-operators


University of Winnipeg survey on human resources in co-ops now available

As previously published in our newsletter, the University of Winnipeg is currently putting together a research study on human resources practices in cooperatives.  

The title of the study is “Human Resources in the Co-operative Environment”. The research will seek to examine the ways cooperative principles relate to human resource activities within the organization. If you choose to participate in this survey, you will be asked to complete a 20- 30 minute online survey found here.

If you know of anyone who may wish to participate in this survey, please feel free to forward the information and link directly to them. 


Federal Government publishes latest information on cooperatives

Cooperatives in Canada continue to be important actors in Canada's social economy. The strength of the cooperative model lies in its ability to support local economies by revitalizing and sustaining communities through socially inclusive means. As legally incorporated organizations owned by their members, cooperatives exist in most sectors of the economy, and can operate as for-profit enterprises, non-profits and registered charities. The sector continues to generate a significant economic impact while making important contributions to communities across the country.

According to a recent report commissioned by the Federal Government, almost 8,000 non-financial cooperatives, boasting nearly 8 million in membership, operate in the sector. Generating an estimated business volume of more than $38 billion annually, cooperatives provide employment for almost 90,000 Canadians.

In 2012, 42% (or 2,135) of all reporting cooperatives were classified under the Real Estate sector primarily as housing co-operatives. Wholesale and Retail were second (14%), followed by Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (8%), and Health Care and Social Assistance sectors (8%).

Cooperatives in Canada are involved in a wide range of activities, ranging from manufacturing and processing to housing, daycare and health care services. The cooperative sector also has the potential to support a number of government priorities under the Government of Canada's Inclusive Innovation Agenda, including social innovation and social finance initiatives, a transition to a greener economy, and Indigenous economic development.

Whether you are currently part of a cooperative, or looking to start your own cooperative business, the report provides valuable insight into the sector as a whole, providing a unique national snapshot of cooperatives in Canada and allowing you to make sound business decisions based on latest available data.

Click here to download the report.

SOURCE: Originally published by the Canada Business Network, December 22, 2016. This guest blog is provided by Co-operatives Policy, which provides analysis, advice and support to promote co-operative business innovation and growth in Canada.


Financial Resources

Are you a student currently living in a housing cooperative?  Co-operative Housing Federation (CHF) of Canada’s Diversity Scholarship program recognizes young people living in housing co ops who are actively promoting diversity in their community.

Scholarships worth up to $6,000 are available to young members under 30 living in Nova Scotia, Southwestern Ontario and Manitoba. The application deadline is February 26. Click here to access the application.
The Co-op Participation Fund is an initiative of the Manitoba Cooperative Community Strategy (CCS) funded by the Province of Manitoba.
The CCS Participation Fund supports the participation of Manitobans (individuals) in various cooperative activities and events taking place in Manitoba. It aims to encourage access to co-op education and is similar to a travel subsidy.
This fund has been set up for this fiscal year, and is only available until March 20.  
For more information on this fund, the application process, and the selection criteria, please contact


Upcoming workshops

From March 3 - 5, youth aged 18 -35 will have an opportunity to attend a workshop aimed at developing their leadership skills as social entrepreneurs to assist them in effectively addressing community challenges in alignment with the UN’s established Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The United Nations Association in Canada and the British Council Canada present Active Citizens Social Enterprise (ACSE). ACSE is a social leadership training programme that provides opportunity to young Canadians from diverse backgrounds to learn about and experiment with social innovation through intercultural dialogue and community-led social development.

The programme will train 150 Canadian youth and local trainers in six cities across Canada on the ACSE toolkit.

For more information click here.
On March 1 the Cooperators will host a webinar on Sustainability, ESG, and Corporate Social Responsibility and The Board: What Governance Professionals Should Know.

It is becoming increasingly important for boards to enable and oversee sustainability across all organizations. Hear directly from the Corporate Secretary and the Board Sustainability Committee Chair of The Co-operators on their award-winning approach to Sustainability Governance.

The session will address the changing corporate governance landscape which is making sustainability governance a legal imperative and a way of managing business continuity and brand and reputation risks. The webinar will present high-level findings from research into the Governance Professional and the Corporate Secretary’s role in this important business trend.  Click here for more information. 
On Thursday, March 23, Manitoba Agriculture will host a workshop: Growing Opportunities with Local Food.

If you have an idea for a food product and want to test market it at a local farmers’ market, this workshop is for you.

You will learn:
  • Food safety regulations for farmers’ markets
  • Why consumers want local food and how to target your marketing story to them
  • How to set your prices so you are actually making money
  • Tips on running a successful farmers’ market
  • Initiatives for marketing local food in Manitoba
  • Available resources and services
Cost: $20 per person (includes meal).  Click here for more info on registering.



Arctic Co-operatives, one of Manitoba's Top Employers 2017, is currently seeking a Contract Support Officer.  Click here for the posting.


Save the Date

The Co-op Housing Development Group (CHDG) will be hosting its 4th annual learning event on Monday, March 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at NorWest Co-op Community Health, 785 Keewatin Street. 

The learning event is open to the public and features a reduced rate for members.  It will explore partnerships for groups looking at developing housing co-ops and rural municipalities as well as providing a look at housing co-op development across Canada.

Click here for more information.
Join us on March 29, when CDEM, MCA, Canadian CED (CCEDNET) Network and Canada's Emerging Co-operators will present a free screening of A New Economy followed by a special guest panel.  More details will unfold in the next issue of our newsletter or you can check out the Facebook event.

Click here to view the poster.
Make Poverty History will be hosting a fundraising concert on March 16, 2017 at the
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

This fundraiser will feature:
JD and the Sunshine Band
Tracy Bone
Bubba B the MC
Leaf Rapids
Riel Gentlemen’s Choir

and is hosted by Nadia Kidwai from CBC Manitoba.  For more information and to view the poster click here. 
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