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Guide to Federal Bylaws

Writing bylaws is an important step in the process of creating your co-op. Bylaws are the…

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Filing a Memorandum of Association

Incorporating in British Columbia is a bit of a process. So use the three documents on…

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Workplan for incorporating in Saskatchewan

This workplan is designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives developing in Saskatchewan. This plan…

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Provincial comparison

By province, here’s a snapshot of the differences and similarities of incorporating a co-op in western…

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Co-ops and charitable status

Charitable status is a legal designation granted by the federal government to organizations that apply and…

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Incorporating in Manitoba

To incorporate a co-operative in Manitoba, download the guide supplied here and use the forms provided…

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Workplan for incorporating in Alberta

Designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives developing in Alberta, this plan can help coordinate…

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Workplan for incorporating in British Columbia

Designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives developing in British Columbia, this plan can help…

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Filing Articles of Incorporation in Alberta

To begin filling in your articles of incorporation in Alberta, please download the PDF or visit…

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Sample Bylaws for a Federal Co-op

These sample bylaws are designed for groups incorporating a federal co-op. They can help co-ops navigate…

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Workplan for incorporating in Manitoba

Designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives developing in Manitoba, this plan can help coordinate…

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Government of Canada Information Guide on Co-operatives

The Federal government maintains an information guide on co-operatives and key legislative provisions from each provincial…

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Workplan for incorporating federally

This plan is designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives who want to incorporate a…

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Guide to starting a renewable energy co-op

Thinking about starting a renewable energy co-op? Download this great toolkit from the Solar Energy Service…

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Sample Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for the Co-operative’s Board Approved Date Introduction The Co-operative is governed by the…

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Sample Resolution

When it comes to making decisions in a co-operative, the provincial and federal governments have a…

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Sample Membership Agreement

Sample Membership Agreement (Disclaimer: While much of the content in this sample agreement has been influenced…

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Sample Financial Policy

Sample Financial Policy Sample Co-operative Limited Date Approved Purpose This financial policy shall serve as a…

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Member Onboarding and Engagement

Members are the foundation for any co-operative and new membership is vital to the ongoing well-being…

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Creating a Terms of Reference

A Terms of Reference is a document that provides clarity for a decision-making body and the…

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Creating a Strategic Plan

This tool is intended to guide co-op boards or members through the process of creating a…

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Creating a Human Resources Policy

A human resources policy is a guiding document that a co-operative will use to manage its…

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Incorporating in Saskatchewan

To incorporate a co-operative in Saskatchewan, download and fill out the PDF included on this page….

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A Guide to writing bylaws in Manitoba

Below is a guide to writing bylaws in Manitoba. Writing bylaws is an important step in the process…

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Sample Rules of Association for British Columbia

In British Columbia, bylaws are called Rules of Association and are filed with the Memorandum of…

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Sample Bylaws for Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba through the Financial Institutions Regulation Branch provides several sets of sample bylaws…

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A Guide to writing Rules of Association in BC

What are the Rules of Association? Rules of Association (or bylaws) are the rules and regulations…

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Sample Bylaws for Alberta

Designed for those starting co-ops in Alberta, these sample bylaws can help Alberta co-ops navigate the…

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A Guide to writing bylaws in Alberta

Below is a guide to writing bylaws in Alberta. Writing bylaws is an important step in…

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Incorporation time frame

Understanding the incorporation time frame is important. When you incorporate a co-operative, steps need to be…

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Online Governance Course

Learn how to successfully govern a co-operative Take our FREE online governance course. For a co-op…

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Articles & bylaws (video)

If you’re thinking of building your business as a co-op, you’ll need to go through the…

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Why create a business plan? (video)

If you’re starting a new business, it’s important to clearly define and articulate your plans: what…

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Choosing a name (video)

Here’s a few things to keep in mind when going through the naming process. You may…

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Debt vs Equity (video)

Financing a business is challenging at the best of times. Understanding the benefits of using debt…

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Why incorporate? (video)

Incorporating a business is the process of creating a legally recognized entity separate from any one…

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Big Co-operatives

Co-operatives often look for opportunities to invest in the communities they serve through business advice, grants,…

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Western Economic Diversification

Western Economic Diversification (WED) is a government department that falls under the Ministry of Innovation, Science…

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Provincial Co-operative Associations

The provincial co-operative associations are coalitions of co-operatives in their respective provinces that work towards improving…

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Provincial Business Development Centres

Funded by Western Economic Diversification, the four business information centres in each province provide a variety…

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BDC’s financial planning tool

Is your financial management sound? Does it include regular financial planning and budgeting? Is the full…

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BDC’s entrepreneur toolkit

To succeed today you need to have sound business sense and a set of practical tools….

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Guide to building an Opportunity Development Co-operative

The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association works for the development and promotion of co-operatives across Alberta….

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Community Futures Network

The Community Futures network consists of over 268 local non-profits across rural Canada that provides development…

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Futurpreneur’s general tools, tips, and resources for entrepreneurs

Explore Futurpreneur’s resources by topic for both entrepreneur’s and mentors.

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Futurepreneur Canada’s Cash Flow Template

The Futurpreneur Canada Cash Flow Template is here to help you outline your start up costs,…

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Co-operatives First

Providing co-op development services to the four western provinces, Co-operatives First has the supports, resources, and…

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Sample Manager Job Description

This sample job description is not the property of any business, rather includes information commonly found…

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Guidelines for co-operative elections

A co-op’s board of directors is elected each year at its annual general meeting (AGM). Here’s…

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Filing your Annual Return

One of the most important requirements for co-operatives is filing an annual return. An annual return…

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Creating a Conflict of Interest Policy

Every co-op should have a conflict of interest policy as part of its bylaws or policy…

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Board of Directors Evaluation

The board of directors is central in a co-operative business. The directors need to be able…

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Board Member Recruitment

Recruiting board members is essential for co-ops. It is important to make sure that you not…

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Board Decision-Making Exercise

The board of directors is central to the operations of a co-operative business. The board is…

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Being a Board Member in a Co-operative Business

Co-operative businesses are governed and run by boards of directors. They manage the staff, create policies…

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Annual General Meetings and Co-operatives

An annual general meeting (AGM) allows a co-operative’s members to come together, discuss their co-op, make…

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Tax Treatment of Co-operative Businesses

Now for everyone’s favourite topic: taxes! No? Alright, while they may not be fun, they are…

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Ongoing Capitalization

Raising financial capital is an important step when developing a co-operative business, and it remains a…

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Guide to Writing a Financial Plan

Having a financial plan is important whether you’re in the business planning stage, or your business…

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Financing your Co-operative Business

Raising the funds you need to start a new business isn’t easy. If you want to…

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Budgeting and Co-operatives

Budgeting is one of the most important things a co-operative business can do. It allows the…

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Roles and Responsibilities

The role you play in a co-op depends on how you choose to be connected to…

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Business Planning Pitch Practice

One of the big challenges co-operatives have in their developing stages is selling the idea of…

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Allocating Surplus in a Co-operative Business

Surplus is a term commonly used by co-operatives to describe a business’s profit. Many co-ops create…

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Sample Bylaws for Saskatchewan

Disclaimer: These bylaws were created by Co-operatives First staff and should not be used for any…

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Shaping your Co-operative’s Identity

Building a co-operative requires a lot of planning and development of documents, policies, and procedures. These…

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Incorporation Checklist

If you’re ready to incorporate your co-op, congrats! You’ve already put in a lot of the…

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Guide to writing Bylaws in Saskatchewan

What are bylaws? Bylaws are the rules and regulations that govern various aspects of a co-operative…

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Transitioning a business to a co-operative

Many business owners who are thinking about retirement want to make a succession plan, but very few…

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Shareholders and Governance in Co-operatives

The foundation for any co-operative is its shareholders (often called “members”). Shareholders can support their co-op…

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Choosing a Co-op Type

Choosing a co-op type is an important step in developing a co-op. Co-operative businesses use a…

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Hosting a Meeting

Early in the process of setting up a co-op, meetings provide a group the chance to…

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Focusing Ideas

When forming a co-operative, there are often more people to work with and more ideas to…

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Business Model Comparison

The co-operative business model combines the best of small business ownership and a corporation. It often…

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Building Consensus

Building consensus in a co-operative business can be important for its sustainability, especially in the early…

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Business resources make life easier

Need a business plan? Start here. The Biz Plan Creator is an easy-to-use and helpful tool. Designed to guide you through the process, the Biz Plan Creator offers a user-friendly platform and clear advice at every stage. Plus, it includes a secure account and customized branding of your plan. So, you can leave and come back to your plan as needed. And when you’re done, a branded PDF business plan ready for investors and financiers is your reward.