Who we are

Co-operatives First is a business development organization focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the co-op business model in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada.

Our goal is to help groups and community leaders build new businesses, grow local economies and support community development.

What we do

We support groups hoping to capture opportunities to build new businesses or organizations. 

Our job is to make sure community leaders understand the benefits and versatility of the co-operative business model, and group entrepreneurs have every available tool to make their venture a reality.

Why we do it

We want rural and Indigenous communities to grow and thrive, and believe the co-operative business model has a role to play in capturing opportunities for new business, stronger local economies and more community development.