The Co-operators provides $115,800 to support Canadian co-operatives

en fran�ais

GUELPH, ON, Aug. 2, 2011 – Today, The Co-operators announced $115,800 in grants to 11 emerging Canadian co-operatives. The funding is provided through The Co-operators Foundation Co-operative Development Program that supports the development of new and expanding co-operatives across the country.

“Co-operation among co-operatives is one of the seven principles that all co-ops adhere to,” explained Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators. “As one of the larger co-ops in the country, we are proud to support smaller local co-ops that will put this money to great use in improving the quality of life in their communities.”

The following grants were announced today:

Dominion Newspaper Co-operative – Halifax, NS
The Dominion Newspaper is an investigative, grass roots news network that covers events in Canada and Canada’s role in the world. The grant of $9,000 will be used to maintain and expand the coverage of reported stories by helping the co-op to double its number of supporters through the creation and implementation of an outreach strategy.

Coop�rative de travail du Coll�ge des Hauts Sommets – Saint-Tite-des-Caps, QC
The school’s educational system focuses on the success of young people and provides personalized services to students. The school welcomes students from all regions in Quebec, some of which are referred by psychologists, social workers, or youth centres. All of this has allowed the school to achieve a 0% dropout rate. The grant of $15,000 will allow Coll�ge des Hauts Sommets to provide different types of training to its staff members.

Ensemble.coop – Trois-Rivi�res, QC
Ensemble.coop is a solidarity co-op that has as its mission to create a space for co-operation among co-operatives in Quebec, to enhance their sustainable development and to link them to citizens in order to expand the co-operative economy. The grant of $10,000 will be used for the promotion of the co-op’s services as well as the creation of a documentary about co-operatives in Quebec.

Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa Inc. – Ottawa, ON
The Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa’s mission is to provide a complete range of funeral arrangements guided by quality services, compassion and pricing on a not-for-profit basis. The co-op’s Board has developed a new model that holds significant potential for other communities across Canada. The grant of $15,000 will assist it in further developing this new business model.

By the Bushel Community Food Co-op Inc. – Peterborough, ON
By the Bushel is a not-for-profit co-operative that focuses on creating a sustainable local food system by producing and selling ecologically-responsible food that is accessible to its members. The grant of $6,500 will be used to develop and implement a marketing strategy to promote the co-op’s new services.

ParIT Worker Co-op – Winnipeg, MB
ParIT offers technical services for co-operatives, community-based organizations and small businesses to adopt free software. It also provides installation, support, customization, and integration of free software. The grant of $ 5,000 will be used to further develop the free point of sale system and to launch a marketing campaign.

Peg City Car Co-op Inc. – Winnipeg, MB
Peg City Car Co-op is the first car-sharing operation in Winnipeg. The grant of $6,300 will be used to renew its website and to enhance its promotional material, to help achieve its objective of a minimum membership base of 80 – 90 members.

Kootenay Columbia Senior’s Housing Co-operative (KCSHC) – Castlegar, BC
KCSHC was created by a group of engaged senior philanthropists to address wait lists for seniors’ facilities and the lack of seniors’ housing and health services. The grant of $15,000 will be used for an advertising campaign to recruit members and promote the upcoming Chateau Grandview, a seniors’ independent living complex with 62 units and a community centre providing programs and resources for seniors and people of all ages with physical disabilities.

Umbrella Multicultural Health Cooperative – Vancouver, BC
Umbrella Multicultural Health Cooperative is a member-driven not-for-profit organization. It provides primary and preventative health care services through cross cultural health brokers who provide cultural and linguistic interpretation to facilitate communication between clients and health care service providers. The grant of $15,000 will support the co-op in developing its skills, including the development of physician’s contracts, training programs and implementation of an electronic medical record system.

Cedar Opportunities Co-operative – Nanaimo, BC
Cedar Opportunities’ vision is to contribute to the full inclusion of people with disabilities who live in the area by providing them with opportunities for employment and work experience. The grant of $10,000 will assist the co-op in developing a plan for opening a caf� as well as to secure the management of its day-to-day operations.

Nanaimo CarShare Cooperative – Nanaimo, BC
The Nanaimo CarShare Cooperative is a non-profit, car-sharing co-operative which serves the city of Nanaimo and area in central Vancouver Island. The co-op is in its start-up phase and will use the grant of $9,000 towards managing peak demand and increasing its membership base.

Over the past 19 years, The Co-operators has provided $1,570,285 in grants and investments to 118 Canadian co-operatives through the Co-operative Development Program.

About The Co-operators

The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $41 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is ranked #1 among the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights, and listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada. Visit www.cooperators.ca.


L�optimisme perdure chez les �pargnants canadiens

Co-operators verse 115 800 $ en appui aux coop�ratives canadiennes

English

GUELPH, ON, le 2 ao�t 2011 – Co-operators a annonc� aujourd’hui des subventions de 115 800 $ accord�es � onze nouvelles coop�ratives canadiennes. Les fonds proviennent du Programme de d�veloppement des coop�ratives de la Fondation Co-operators, un programme qui soutient le d�veloppement de coop�ratives nouvelles ou en expansion au pays.

� La coop�ration entre coop�ratives fait partie des sept principes auxquels toutes les coop�ratives adh�rent �, explique Kathy Bardswick, pr�sidente et chef de la direction de Co-operators. � Nous formons l’une des grandes coop�ratives du pays, et nous sommes fiers d’appuyer les coop�ratives locales plus petites, qui mettront cet argent � bon usage en am�liorant la qualit� de vie de leurs collectivit�s respectives. �

Voici les b�n�ficiaires des subventions annonc�es aujourd’hui:

Dominion Newspaper Co-operative – Halifax (Nouvelle-�cosse)
La Dominion Newspaper Co-operative est un r�seau populaire d’investigation et de nouvelles qui couvre les �v�nements canadiens et le r�le que joue le Canada dans le monde. La subvention de 9 000 $ lui permettra de poursuivre et d’augmenter sa couverture des faits rapport�s et l’aidera � doubler le nombre de journalistes par la cr�ation et la mise en �uvre d’une strat�gie d’information.

La Coop�rative de travail du Coll�ge des Hauts Sommets – Saint-Tite-des-Caps (Qu�bec)
Le syst�me �ducatif de cette �cole se concentre sur la r�ussite des jeunes et offre aux �tudiants des services personnalis�s. L’�cole accueille des jeunes de toutes les r�gions du Qu�bec, qui y sont parfois envoy�s par un psychologue, un travailleur social ou une maison de jeunes. L’�cole obtient ainsi un taux de d�crochage nul. La subvention de 15 000 $ permettra au Coll�ge des Hauts Sommets d’offrir diff�rents types de formation aux membres de son personnel.

Ensemble.coop – Trois-Rivi�res (Qu�bec)
Ensemble.coop est une coop�rative de solidarit� dont la mission consiste � cr�er un milieu de coop�ration entre les coop�ratives du Qu�bec pour leur permettre d’am�liorer leur d�veloppement durable et d’�tablir des liens avec les citoyens afin de donner de l’expansion � l’�conomie coop�rative. La subvention de 10 000 $ servira � la promotion de ses services ainsi qu’� la cr�ation d’un documentaire sur les coop�ratives au Qu�bec.

La Coop�rative fun�raire d’Ottawa – Ottawa (Ontario)
La Coop�rative fun�raire d’Ottawa a pour mission d’offrir � un prix �tabli sans but lucratif une gamme compl�te d’arrangements fun�raires bas�s sur des services de qualit� et sur la compassion. Le conseil d’administration de la coop�rative a mis sur pied un nouveau mod�le qui s’av�re prometteur pour d’autres collectivit�s du Canada. La subvention de 15 000 $ lui permettra de poursuivre le d�veloppement de ce nouveau mod�le d’entreprise.

By the Bushel Community Food Co-op Inc. – Peterborough (Ontario)
By the Bushel est une coop�rative sans but lucratif qui souhaite cr�er un syst�me local d’alimentation durable en produisant et en vendant gr�ce � des m�thodes �cologiquement responsables des aliments qu’elle offre � ses membres. Elle utilisera sa subvention de 6 500 $ pour d�velopper et mettre en �uvre une strat�gie de marketing visant � promouvoir ses nouveaux services.

ParIT Worker Co-operative – Winnipeg (Manitoba)
ParIT offre ses services techniques aux coop�ratives, aux organismes communautaires et aux petites entreprises qui adoptent des logiciels gratuits. Elle se charge �galement d’installer, de d�boguer, de personnaliser et d’int�grer des logiciels gratuits. La subvention de 5 000 $ lui permettra de poursuivre le d�veloppement de son syst�me gratuit de points de vente et de lancer une campagne de marketing.

Peg City Car Co-op Inc. – Winnipeg (Manitoba)
Peg City Car Co-op est la premi�re entreprise de covoiturage � Winnipeg. La subvention de 6 300 $ lui permettra de renouveler son site Web et d’am�liorer son mat�riel promotionnel afin d’atteindre son objectif : regrouper au moins 80 � 90 membres.

Kootenay Columbia Senior’s Housing Co-operative (KCSHC) – Castlegar (Colombie-Britannique)
KCSHC a �t� cr��e par un groupe d’a�n�s philanthropes et engag�s qui souhaitaient r�duire les listes d’attente des �tablissements pour personnes �g�es et parer au manque de services de sant� et d’h�bergement offerts � celles-ci. La subvention de 15 000 $ lui permettra de mener une campagne publicitaire visant � recruter des membres et � faire la promotion du Chateau Grandview, un nouveau complexe ind�pendant d’h�bergement pour personnes �g�es qui comptera 62 unit�s et un centre communautaire offrant des ressources et des programmes destin�s aux a�n�s et aux gens de tous �ges qui sont atteints d’un handicap physique.

Umbrella Multicultural Health Cooperative – Vancouver (Colombie-Britannique)
L’Umbrella Multicultural Health Cooperative est une organisation sans but lucratif ax�e sur les besoins de ses membres. Elle leur offre des services de soins de sant� de base et pr�ventifs par l’entremise de courtiers en sant� interculturels, qui servent d’interpr�tes culturels et linguistiques facilitant la communication entre les clients et les fournisseurs de soins de sant�. La subvention de 15 000 $ l’aidera � d�velopper ses comp�tences, notamment en concluant des contrats avec les m�decins, en cr�ant des programmes de formation et en implantant un syst�me �lectronique de dossiers m�dicaux.

Cedar Opportunities Co-operative – Nanaimo (Colombie-Britannique)
La Cedar Opportunities Co-operative, conform�ment � sa vision, contribue � l’int�gration compl�te des personnes handicap�es de la r�gion en leur offrant des possibilit�s d’emploi et une exp�rience de travail. La subvention de 10 000 $ l’aidera � d�velopper son plan d’ouverture d’un caf� et � assurer la bonne gestion de ses activit�s quotidiennes.

Nanaimo CarShare Cooperative – Nanaimo (Colombie-Britannique)
La Nanaimo CarShare Cooperative est une entreprise de covoiturage sans but lucratif qui dessert la ville de Nanaimo et la r�gion centrale de l’�le de Vancouver. La coop�rative en phase de d�marrage utilisera sa subvention de 9 000 $ pour g�rer la demande de pointe et recruter davantage de membres.

Au cours des 19 derni�res ann�es, Co-operators a vers� 1 570 285 $ en subventions et en investissements � 118 coop�ratives canadiennes par l’entremise de son Programme de d�veloppement des coop�ratives.

� propos de Co-operators

Le Groupe Co-operators limit�e est une coop�rative enti�rement canadienne dont l’actif sous administration s’�l�ve � plus de 41 milliards de dollars. Par l’entremise de ses filiales, Co-operators offre de l’assurance habitation, automobile, vie, collective, voyage, entreprise et agricole, ainsi que des produits de placement. Co-operators est reconnue pour son engagement communautaire et ses efforts envers le d�veloppement durable. Elle se classe 1re parmi les 50 meilleures entreprises citoyennes au Canada et figure au palmar�s des 50 employeurs de choix au Canada. Pour en savoir davantage, visitez le site www.cooperators.ca