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Book Drive for NovelTea!

Our home base of Truro is a little more gloomy without our friends over at NovelTea after they lost their business to a fire, so we have teamed up with our local business community to help replenish thousands of books that were lost!
We are asking ALL of you to raid your bookshelves, search your closets, and unpack those old books to donate

to the NovelTea Book Drive. We are asking for any books in decent condition to be dropped off at any locally participating business! Swipe to Find a book drop location near you.

Alternatively, you can email to
arrange drop off / pick up!
It is important, more than ever, to #supportlocal .


Born of a partnership between Genrus United and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, the goal is to lower the cost of prescription medication for Canadians.

We believe in the power of unity and the resources of our communities. That is why we partnered with independent pharmacists to deliver the program.

Subscribers not only access the medication they need at an affordable price, but they also empower their local economy.

Founded by a diverse group of individuals who have witnessed first-hand the impact of high prescription costs on families, it was unanimously decided that the best way to do something about it was by starting right here.

Save on over 130 prescription medications

We are Hiring!

We are seeking a Project Manager on a contract basis for one year, with possibility for an extension.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with co-operatives and credit union
  • Knowledge of the healthcare and/or pharmacy industry
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Be a self-motivator
  • Enjoys working as part of a team
  • Strong technology skills
  • Ability to travel

Expressions of interest with on overview of skills and experience can be sent to

2020 Distinguished Co-operator Nomination

Help us recognize the enormous contributions made by Nova Scotian co-operators to the economic and social well-being of our province…

Any Nova Scotian co-operator is eligible, including elected officials, individual members, and employees of co-operatives, credit unions, and caisse populaires. Nominees may be active or retired, or may be nominated posthumously.

The staff and board members of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council are not eligible while serving with the organization.
Any co-operative, credit union and caisse populaire, or any individual member of these organizations in Nova Scotia may nominate a person for this award. Past nominations may be updated and resubmitted if the nominee was not an award recipient. Applications are held and considered for three (3) years.
Recipients will be chosen by the selection committee. Decisions of the selection committee are confidential and final. The number of awards to be presented will be determined by the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council or its appointed selection committee.

Nomination Package

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.

Nova Scotia Diversity Scholarship

Any student living in a CHF Canada member housing co-op in NS is eligible. The deadline for applications is July 12, and the application and more details are available here:…/awards-gra…/diversity-scholarships/


WFM2Go is a great option for workplaces that want to promote healthy eating, support local producers, and want the convenienceof having their groceries delivered!

Information Package

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)


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.