The Co-op Community Spaces Program – building thriving communities and lasting relationships across Western Canada
Community spaces are what bring people together. In trying and often dividing times, they can…
Now, more than ever, public spaces that bring people together to learn, play and enhance engagement are essential to support thriving communities. LBG Canada member, Federated Co-op Limited (FCL), is committed to their community investment mission of helping rebuild community connections through the Co-op Community Spaces. The program is administered by FCL on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) across Western Canada and it has been successful because of the local partnerships created between the local Co-ops, their recipients and the communities they are a part of. Since 2015, 147 projects have been funded with $10.5 million to support recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture.In 2021, Community Spaces supported 15 projects with $1 million in funding. From community gardens, to food education, these projects are impacting the lives of so many. You can check out all recipients and their stories here.
“The last 15 months have been a challenging time for people across Western Canada. As communities begin to safely re-open, Co-op is providing spaces for residents to rebuild their community connections,” explains Pam Skotnitsky, Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “Community is at the heart of so much of what Co-op does. Creating connection and improving the places we live, work and play reflects the values of Co-op and the Community Spaces program.”
FCL and local Co-ops within the CRS are committed to ensuring that communities across Western Canada are set up for success and continue to play an integral part in bringing communities together.
About Federated Co-operatives Limited and the Co-operative Retailing System
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), based in Saskatoon, is focused on providing more than 160 local Co-ops across Western Canada with strategy and leadership, wholesaling, manufacturing, logistics, operational support, business-enabling services and marketing support. Together FCL and those local co-operatives form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The CRS serves our members and communities with products and services that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities from Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario. Our total workforce of 24,000 employees serve 1.9 million active individual members and many more non-member customers at 1,500 retail locations in more than 620 communities. We are a different kind of business – we are locally invested, community-minded and offer lifetime membership benefits including patronage refunds, quality products, quality service and fair prices. More information is available at www.fcl.crs and www.co-op.crs.