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Social Enterprise Impact Investment Fund

The Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia (SENNS) is thrilled to announce the launch of Nova Scotia’s first Impact Investment Fund, in partnership with the national Social Enterprise Ecosystem Project (S4ES), managed by SENNS partner, the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. Financing is available for social enterprises who meet the eligibility criteria as outlined on the Fund application form.  The maximum amount of financing available is up to $15,000 per applicant.  Please note that this a lending and/or equity program. It is not a grant or donation program. Questions and/or completed applications  should be submitted to or fax 902-895-0109.

Click HERE for the application.

22nd Annual

Distinguished Co-operator Hall of Fame Award

The Nova Scotia Distinguished Co-operator Hall of Fame Awards ceremony is held annually to recognize and honor Nova Scotian co-operators for outstanding achievement and service to the co-operative movement.

Nomination Package [PDF]


9-month Contract Working with the Co-operative Management Education Programs

Please find linked below a job posting for the position of Manager of Promotion and Partnership with Co-operative Management Education in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University (9 Month Contract covering a maternity leave; 4 days/week).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received; this posting closes on March 28, 2018.

The Manager is responsible for building strategic partnerships with the co-operative sector and promoting all Co-operative Management Education (CME) activities (Master’s, Diploma, Certificate, Executive Education, Study Tours, Symposia, etc.) to ensure that all programs, courses and tours have full participation. The job is global is scope and a great fit for a high energy, personable, motivated and organized professional with an ability to work independently and undertake a fair amount of global travel. Ideally, the Manager will be based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but there is flexibility to work remotely.

For more information on CME, visit:


The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation invites co-operators under 35 to apply for a grant of up $1000 in support of an arts and cultural project to promote co-operatives (preferably worker co-operatives). The grant, funded by a bequest from former CWCF president Mark Goldblatt, can be used to fund visual art, music, a video, theatre, a cultural event, etc. More information, and a link to the application form, is available here (deadline is March 15, 2019). Co-operators are encouraged to share this opportunity with others, as applicants need not be members of a worker co-operative to be eligible. Please contact Kaye Grant, CWCF Communications Manager, at with any questions.

Registration Open and Bursaries Available:  

Master’s, Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Co-operative and Credit Union Management 

Planning your career, organizational succession or leadership development? The International Centre for Co-operative Management in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University offers Master’s level business programs designed to meet the growing demands of co-operative and credit union managers (and those aspiring to these roles).


Your opportunity is here!  Each year the Centre opens up to 25 seats for co-operative professionals to join the ranks of some of the most innovative and creative leaders in the co-operative system. Join new, stimulating conversations. Build your business skills. Meet other keen co-operators from around the world. Get exposed to new solutions to current issues.


Online, part-time education for working co-operative professionals:

Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions (3 years, includes 10-day co-operative study tour to Italy or Spain)

Learn more about these courses as well as our Executive Education offerings


Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management (20 months)

Certificate in Co-operative Management (10 months)


What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th than to recognize and celebrate the innovation, tenacity and spirit of 150 Nova Scotia small businesses?

Over $100M injected into NS businesses. Almost 2,000 companies received funding. 12,000 jobs created/maintained in the province. How? The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. Find out how it works and hear from a small business owner who’s benefitted.

FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited FAQ

Fifth Offer Ad2 January 2016

 Frequently Asked Questions FarmWorks

FarmWorks: Field to Fork to Future FarmWorks’ Eighth Offer of Shares raised $488,300 for a total of $2,716,900 that’s providing capital and support for food related businesses generating economic and social impacts across Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) program enables investors in FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited to promote, and provide, strategic and responsible community investment in food production and distribution to increase access to a sustainable local food supply for all Nova Scotians.

FarmWorks News Release – Field to Fork to Future

As a local, community-based organization, CUA is committed to improving the quality of life of our members and the communities in which they live and work.

The Community Investment Grant Program is designed to provide funding support to a variety of community groups and individuals that will directly benefit the community. Events, programs, activities and projects are all eligible for funding. This program is an expression of CUA’s vision that our members and communities are better off, and provides broad support to projects with an aim to effect positive economic, social and environmental change.  Visit the website for more information

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Would you like some financial help with the next person you hire?

The province’s Graduate to Opportunity program helps small businesses hire recent university and college graduates by providing salary support for the first two years of employment – 25% the first year, 12.5% the second year, for new jobs paying at least $30,000.

The process is quick and easy:  complete applications are normally approved within days.

It’s available to companies of 100 employees or less, start-ups, non-profits and social enterprises.

Employers say the financial incentive is making a real difference and their recent grads are bringing enthusiasm, creativity and skill to the workplace.

Find out more at, or call 902.424.6000.