As we are very passionate about economic independence of our members, we began promoting cooperative ventures as a means of building sustainable business. The model was agreed upon following extensive community consultations with our members in 2013. We have also assessed the success of the model globally and locally in Ontario.
Our definition of cooperatives is in agreement with that of Ontario Coop:
A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
The first Coop Education event was therefore held in November 2013 at the Labourers Union London Local 1059.
Other events will take place in 2014 and will be communicated accordingly.