Financing the start up or expansion of a co-operative can be a challenge. To help you build your understanding of the options, we have a webinar that gives a brief overview of co-operative financing. We’ve linked some videos below that explore co-operative financing, securities, and explore ideas of how to finance your co-operative. Finally, we’ve linked to some additional information to help you learn about some of the options and programs that may be of help.
Our Introduction to Co-operative Financing webinar provides a working definition of financing; and helps you determine financing needs; understand types of capital used for financing; and approaches to obtaining financing.
Videos on Co-operative Financing and Securities
Main sources of financing that co-operatives may be able to access for start-up (note: some of the information is outdated): http://www.coopzone.coop/en/financing.
Fact sheets that may be helpful in understanding financing and lending options for businesses.
Canada Small Business Financing Program
The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.
Western Economic Diversification and Small Business BC
Guide to Financing Your Social Enterprise - explains the different approaches to funding and financing enterprises, which may be helpful for co-operatives seeking an understanding of financing options.