The British Columbia Co-operative Association (BCCA) is the umbrella organization that works on behalf of co-ops and credit unions in British Columbia, Canada. We are one of nine anglophone provincial co-operative associations across Canada.
We promote co-ops as powerful tools for community control over local economies and as key strategies for economic and social reform.
We are a member-driven organization that is a registered "second-tier" co-operative of other co-ops, credit unions, and supportive organizations drawn from across the spectrum of our economy.
Among our members are some of the largest co-operatives in Canada, as well as some of the smallest and newest types of co-ops.
Our work, though constantly evolving, normally focuses on the following areas:
- Strengthening and supporting existing co-ops
- Educating and promoting co-operative solutions to the challenges facing B.C.'s communities, which includes bringing co-ops to new sectors of the economy (such as health care)
- Introducing young people to the advantages of membership in co-ops and credit unions
- Linking co-ops together to share ideas and solve problems common to them all
- Sharing services and technical expertise amongst co-ops and credit unions
- Forging partnerships with other institutions, governments and countries to build new relationships and strengthen the co-op movement in our province
- Offering graduate level co-op education
- Developing new co-ops
- Promoting co-operation, in collaboration with other organizations and all levels of government, as key to addressing challenges and opportunities that are unique to British Columbia