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

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 Savings Credit Union

Kootenay Savings was formed on January 4, 1969 by the amalgamation of three thriving credit unions in Trail, Fruitvale and Castlegar, offering a greater spectrum of financial services to the three communities.  The amalgamation of the three successful credit unions marked the first of its kind in British Columbia.  Between 1971 and 1999, they were joined by the Salmo, Nakusp and District, Lucerne, Kaslo, Warfield, Kimberley, and Edgewater & District Credit Unions.  Today Kootenay Savings, with corporate offices in Trail, has eleven branches throughout the East and West Kootenay, over one billion in assets, 39,000 members and over 200 employees. It also owns insurance and financial management subsidiaries and operates a Community Foundation.  Kootenay Savings is committed to enhancing the value of membership through excellent product and service delivery.  Their values are: ethical and caring behaviour; constructively challenging the status quo; service over self, financial responsibility; teamwork; business excellence; and responsibility to the community.

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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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