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Choosing a ‘Co-op Type’ and its Impact on Your Business 

The type of co-operative you create is defined by who owns the co-op. In Canada, there…

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Guide to Federal Bylaws

Guide to Federal Bylaws Writing bylaws is an important step in the process of creating your…

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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 plan is designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives developing in the Land of…

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Incorporating a co-op in Western Canada — a provincial comparison

Here’s a snapshot of the differences and similarities of the incorporation process in Western Canada. No…

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Incorporating in Manitoba

To incorporate in Manitoba, download the articles supplied here and use the forms provided by the…

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Workplan for incorporating in Alberta

Designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives developing in Alberta, this workplan for incorporating in…

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Workplan for incorporating in British Columbia

Designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives, this Workplan for incorporating in British Columbia can…

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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 incorporating in Manitoba, this plan can help coordinate…

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Workplan for incorporating federally

This workplan for incorporating federally is designed for steering committees and boards of co-operatives who want…

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Incorporating a co-op in Saskatchewan

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

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A Guide to writing co-op bylaws in Manitoba

Writing co-op bylaws in Manitoba Below is a guide to writing co-op bylaws in Manitoba. Writing…

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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 Co-op Bylaws for Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba through the Companies Office provides several sets of sample bylaws for co-operatives…

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A Guide to writing Rules of Association in BC

What are the Rules of Association in BC? Rules of Association (or bylaws) are the rules…

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Sample Co-op Bylaws for Alberta

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

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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

When you incorporate a co-operative, the steps need to be completed within a specific time frame….

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Articles and 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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Choosing a name (video)

Here’s a few things to keep in mind when choosing a name for your co-op. On…

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Why should you incorporate your co-op? (video)

Incorporating a co-op is the process of creating a legally recognized entity separate from any one…

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Guide to Writing a Financial Plan

Writing a business plan? Check out our Biz Plan Generator to help you through the process. …

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Sample Bylaws for Saskatchewan

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

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Shaping your Co-op’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

Bylaws in Saskatchewan Bylaws are the rules and regulations that govern various aspects of a co-operative…

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