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Saskatchewan Co-operative Association
Feb 10

Here you'll find co-op development guides and resources, information about co-ops, a link to our newsletter, teacher resources and Co-op Week publications and features.

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SCA Newsletter

SCA publishes an e-newsletter called "Co-operative Spotlight" that is emailed to subscribers about every two weeks. It's a brief recap of news and information for Saskatchewan co-ops, credit unions and stakeholders, as well providing information on upcoming SCA and SCYP programs and events. It's a complement to our social media feeds.

To subscribe, click HERE. To review past issues, click HERE



Teacher Resources

We’ve developed co-operative education resources for high school and middle school teachers (and others who want to educate others on co-ops). Download them for free HERE.



Co-op Development Guides and Resources

General Co-op Development:

Co-operative Development StepsAlthough every co-op (and co-op working group) will approach development in its own way, there are several key steps that successful co-operatives follow to get started. We’ve summarized the co-operative development steps for your reference.


Co-operative Development Self-Assessment ToolThis self-assessment tool will assist your group in understanding how far along you are in developing your co-op, and will identify some of the concepts and components that should be involved.


A Guide to Incorporating a Co-operative in SaskatchewanThis guide was developed by SCA to assist groups in understanding how to complete the co-operative incorporation process in Saskatchewan. Included are

  • Details on the steps to the incorporation process,
  • Links to forms you'll need to complete,
  • Tips, and
  • A checklist to help you successfully submit your incorporation paperwork.


Understanding Financial Statements:

SCA's executive director, Victoria Morris, has created two blog posts on understanding financial statements. View Understanding Financial Statements: Some Basics and Understanding Financial Statements Part 2 - Using the Statements to Assess Financial Health.

Co-op Creator has published this handy guide on how to read financial statements.


Co-operative Conversions and Worker Buy-outs

The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation has assembled a page of resources on business succession planning and creating a co-operative through the conversion of an existing business.

Co-opConvert. The Conversion to Co-operatives Project (CoopConvert) aims to better understand business conversion to co-operatives (BCCs) as outlets for saving jobs, addressing business succession needs, and creating new cooperatives across Canada.  


Co-operative Law:

Understanding Co-operative and Non-Profit Law, by Robert Dobrohoczki: A work commissioned by Saskatchewan Co-operative Association and Le Conseil Économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan to clarify the relationship between co-operative law and non-profit and charitable status in Saskatchewan. Available materials include the complete paper and a fact sheet.  


Worker Co-operatives and Employment Law in Canada: This paper, provided by the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, examines the relationship between worker co-operatives and employment law in Canada. It provides information on the definition of an employee, the rights of members, the rights of employers, the method of proper termination and the role of labour unions. The paper provides recommendations for worker co-operatives to consider as they navigate the legislation in order to create a strong co-operative and a workplace beneficial to its membership.


Sector specific

Childcare Co-operatives:

Co-operative Farming:

The Greenhorns, a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting, promoting and supporting young farmers, have produced Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together, an in-depth resource for farming collaborative businesses. 

Indigenous Co-operative Development:

SCA partnered with the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network to develop Local People, Local Solutions: A Guide to First Nation Co-operative Development in Saskatchewan, resource to support First Nations' co-operative development. 

Indigenous/Local Food Co-ops:

Local Food Co-ops:

Working Together for Local Food is a detailed resource guide aimed at inspiring and encouraging people involved in local food activities to form co-operatives. It also includes a resource guide for new and emerging co-operatives. Developed by the Canadian Co-operative Association and hosted by the Canadian CED Network. 

Solar Co-operatives:

SES Solar Co-operative, from Saskatoon, developed a very useful and comprehensive guide to help new solar power groups work through the development process. Check it out HERE.

Understanding Financial Statements

Co-op Creator has prepared this handy guide.


Hand in Hand: A Co-operative Guide for Newcomers to Canada

Hand in Hand (Volumes 1 and 2) are integrated skill resources approproate for adult ESL/EAL learners. The manuals focus on topics related to ESL/LINC theme Commercial Services and Business and may also work as supplementary material for Employment and Career programs. They are designed to align with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels 1-4 (Volume 1) and 5-12 (Volume 2).

Read more about Hand in Hand HERE

Volume 1 focuses on CLB Levels 1-4

Hand in Hand Volume 1 Cover

Volume 2 focuses on CLB Levels 5-12

 Hand in Hand Volume 2 Cover

Contact SCA for print copies of Hand in Hand, or click on the images to download or view a digital copy.


Information About Co-operatives

SCA’s Co-operative Information Booklet

"Saskatchewan Co-operatives: Supporting Economic Growth and Sustainability" contains basic information about co-operatives, statistics, stories, and ideas about where the co-operative model can support continued economic growth in Saskatchewan. (Please note that while this remains a very useful snapshot of the Saskatchewan co-operative sector, some of the statistics are becoming dated.)



Co-op Week Publications and News Stories

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2021 Co-op Week News Stories

2020 Co-op Week News Stories

2019 Co-op Week News Stories

2018 Co-op Week News Stories

2017 Co-op Week News Stories

2016 Co-op Week News Stories

2015 and earlier Co-op Week Publications