May 30, 2015


Latest News

Province tweaks rules governing co-operatives

The province today tabled legislation making it easier to launch co-operatives.

Bill 17, The Co-operative Amendments Act, would allow groups that normally form separate co-ops, such as workers and consumers, to combine their resources to create a co-op together.

"Some people join co-ops because it is in their financial interest, but others join co-ops because they support the values that the co-op stands for," said Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh.

"If, for example, people want to do more to support the new Peg City Car Co-op but don't need the services offered, under the new model, supporting members could lend money to the co-op and have a say in its operation."

The proposed amendments would further modernize the existing act by:

  • updating provisions for worker co-operatives to enable them to use more flexible business models by allowing volunteers and contracting parties to become members;
  • enabling co-ops to hold meetings and vote electronically;
  • reforming provisions on access to membership lists to better balance the privacy and democratic rights of members; and
  • reforming the special tribunal that hears appeals from members of housing co-ops who face eviction by providing them with enhanced procedural protections.

"This legislation will provide new and innovative options for families that rely on our housing co-op sector," said Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin.

"For example, a 55+ housing co-op needing capital investment or more expertise on the board can use the hybrid model to add a new class of supporting members. Family and community members could invest in the co-op and join its board to help seniors manage the property."

Mackintosh noted that while the current act works for many co-ops, many want more options to grow and start new co-ops.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Scroll down to load more

Top