The Upper Columbia Cooperative Council (UCCC) provides technical support to our member co-ops, cultivates public awareness, and helps new co-ops find their way.

We are conveners and connectors, working in partnership with the BC Cooperative Association and our member co-ops to support and strengthen co-ops in the South East corner of British Columbia.

Start a Co-op

Start aCo-op

We’ll help you decide if a co-op is right for you, explore the process and create a plan forward. You’ve got the commitment and dedication – we’ve got the expertise!

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Grow aCo-op

Even the most successful co-ops have room to improve, whether in member services, financial management, board development, or strategic planning. It might be time to get some advice on your co-op’s next steps!

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Grow a Co-op
Join a Co-op

Join aCo-op

There are 52 credit unions and cooperatives in Southeastern BC, offering an incredible array of services. Use our online directory of member co-ops to find out how you can live and work more cooperatively!

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The Co-op Council offers training and networking events throughout the year for our members and the public.Visit our facebook page to find upcoming events and the latest news.

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Training & Networking

We provide technical support to our member co-ops, cultivate public awareness, and help new co-ops find their way.

Member Highlights

Kootenay Employment Services

Kootenay Employment Services believes that everyone has the right to meaningful employment and that employed citizens build healthy communities.  They work with job seekers, employers, community partners and funders to cultivate genuine and collaborative relationships that contribute to the ongoing growth and integrity of the community by providing dynamic employment and community development services.  KES has something to offer anyone who is considering a career change, investigating retraining or thinking of starting their own business.  They have professional staff available to help individuals develop an action plan, and have the latest information on funding for education and small business starts. They also conduct specialized employment programs for various groups of people. 

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Kettle Valley Food Co-op

The Kettle Valley Food Co-op is a marketplace in Grand Forks BC where local producers sell their products to local folks.  The goals of the Kettle Valley Food Co-op are to provide access to quality agricultural products grown in the Kettle Valley, to facilitate year round production and distribution of local food, to build the local farming economy by offering fair pricing to farmers, and to increase transparency in the food distribution chain.  It is a community, working towards an independent local food system.

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Kootenay Country Store Co-op

The mission of the Kootenay Country Store Co-op is to serve their members and community and strengthen their local food system by providing the highest quality, local, sustainable, and organic products at reasonable prices, in a welcoming environment, with exemplary customer service.  The Store values are: to favour local and regional growers, processors, and producers who are committed to sustainable practices; source organic products when feasible and available; provide fair compensation and a meaningful, just work experience for all employees; promote community dialogue and empowerment through education about food, health, the environment and social justice; a commitment to philanthropy, and supporting local organizations that enrich the community; and balancing social justice, environmental stewardship and financial responsibility.

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