Who we are

Co-operatives First is a business development agency that supports business, economic and community development in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada. We’re passionately pragmatic pathfinders, facilitators and problems solvers. We’re also a solid team of well-connected, educated and experienced business, community and economic development professionals. 

What we do

We support groups working towards building strong, sovereign and engaged communities. The co-operative business model is often the best business model for serving the unique needs of rural and Indigenous communities. It’s our job to make sure community leaders understand the benefits and versatility of the co-operative business model, and ensure group entrepreneurs have every available tool to make their enterprise and community thrive.

Why we do it

We want western Canada’s rural and Indigenous communities to grow and thrive.