Co-op News and Updates

Co-op Connections – Building an Online Co-op Community

The Manitoba Cooperative Association is thrilled to be launching our Co-op Connections Zoom Series.  These lunch-hour sessions are being designed so that we can learn about what is going on in the cooperative community and to give participants the opportunity to share and learn from one another.

Our first session will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from noon – 1pm.  We will be in conversation with Daniel Brunette, Senior Director at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada and Carinna Rosales, Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Cooperative Association as we will explore the state of the cooperative ecosystem in Canada and Manitoba.  After we hear from Daniel and Carinna we want to have a conversation with you. We will provide an opportunity for you to share what is working and where there are gaps in the Manitoba cooperative ecosystem. Are there things we could be doing better to support the cooperative community? How can we work together to grow and strengthen the Manitoba cooperative ecosytem?

Registration is limited for this free event, so please register early to avoid disappointment, and follow our social media channels @ManitobaCoop for future Co-op Connections zoom events.  

Seeking MCA Committee Members

Are you someone committed to building a strong network of co-ops and cooperators in Manitoba?  Are you interested in bringing ideas and suggestions to the Manitoba Cooperative Community?

Or are you someone who is interested in engaging youth in the cooperative model and principles?  Do you have a commitment to youth engagement in the cooperative community?

The Manitoba Cooperative Association is seeking committed volunteers to join our 2 new committees:

Networking Committee

Youth Committee

Click the links above to learn about these 2 new committees and the role they will play in guiding MCA moving forward.  With 1-2 meetings a year these committees seek to encourage new ideas and active participation in building the Manitoba Cooperative Community.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us your resume or CV by Wednesday, May 15th.  Or feel free to email us for more information about these committees and the work we are doing at MCA.


2024 Co-op Awards Nominations Open

Until May 31, 2024 MCA is accepting nominations for our 2024 Awards Program.  We currently present awards to individuals and organizations in 4 categories.  For more information visit the Awards Page on our website, or you can download the nomination instructions here.  Nomination forms for the 4 award categories are available here:

Distinguished Cooperator Nomination Form

Cooperative Merit Award Nomination Form

Cooperative Achievement Award Nomination Form

Youth Leadership Award Nomination Form


Manitoba Co-op Profiles

In 2021, MCA developed a series of Manitoba Co-op Profiles highlighting to achievements and accomplishments of some Manitoba cooperatives.  Be sure to check out the profiles below:

March 24, 2021 – “Diversification, Remaining Local and Giving Back to the Community” – a profile of Red River Co-operative

March 31, 2021 – “Lateral Networks – Rebuilding the Food System” – a profile of Fireweed Food Co-op

April 7, 2021 – “A Stay That Feels Like Home” – a profile of the Manitoba Bed & Breakfast Marketing Co-op Inc

April 14, 2021 – “Sewing With a Purpose – A Newcomer Co-op Model” – a profile of Hand in Glove Community Co-op Inc

April 21, 2021 – “What it Means to be a Worker Co-op” – a profile of Organic Planet Worker Co-op

April 28, 2021 – “A Truly Local Farmers’ Market” – a profile of Le Marché St Norbert Farmers’ Market

May 5, 2021 – “Providing for and Supporting the Communities of Southwestern Manitoba” – a profile of Westman Communications Group

May 12, 2021 – “Serving the Communities of Canada’s Remote North” – a profile of Arctic Co-operatives Limited

May 19, 2021 – “Providing Safe and Affordable Housing for Members” – a profile of Village Canadien Housing Co-operative

May 26, 2021 – “Providing a Safe, Reliable and Inclusive Carsharing Program” – a profile of Peg City Car Co-op Ltd

June 2, 2021 – “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child” – a profile of Village Co-op of Care (In Development)

June 9, 2021 – “Engaging the Community in Cooperative Health and Wellness” – a profile of NorWest Co-op Community Health

June 16, 2021 – “What a Credit Union was meant to be” – a profile of Rosenort Credit Union

June 23, 2021 – “Dedicated to Building Certified Energy Efficient Buildings in Manitoba” – a profile of Sun Certified Builders Cooperative Ltd.

June 30, 2021 – “Meeting the community’s needs as a successful hardware business” – a profile of Pollock’s Hardware Co-op Ltd.

July 7, 2021 – “Providing financial services for the wellbeing and resilience of members, employees, communities and environment” – a profile of Assiniboine Credit Union


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