The Co-operators Announces $255,000 in CED Grants

February 19, 2013

13 Canadian community-based organizations receive $255,000 from The‍ Co-operators

Numerous CCEDNet members are among the 13 community organizations for whom The Co-operators has announced $255,000 in funding. The funding, provided through it’s the Co-operators Foundation Community Economic Development (CED) Fund, supports a variety of programs that are strengthening communities and helping people achieve greater self-reliance from St John’s to Vancouver by providing training and employment opportunities to help local residents overcome barriers.

The following six organizations are receiving grants totalling $120,000:

Houselink Community Homes, Toronto ($20,000)
Houselink runs The Silver Brush, a painting business offering reliable and competitive interior painting services to commercial and residential properties. The Silver Brush helps employees develop job skills, which helps to remove barriers to continued future employment.

FarmStart, Guelph, Ontario ($20,000)
FarmStart develops programs that provide entrepreneurial and ecological farmers with resources to help them successfully launch their business. Support is provided primarily to new Canadians, young people without farming background, and those taking up farming as a second career.

Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Winnipeg Inc, Winnipeg ($20,000)
SEED helps low-income people and groups develop and expand small businesses, including co-ops, to reduce poverty and assist in the renewal of primarily inner city communities in Winnipeg. Their efforts provide job opportunities for at-risk groups while revitalizing economically distressed neighbourhoods.

New Community Youth Development Corporation, Saskatoon ($20,000)
Grant money from The Co-operators will help YDC pilot opening a café that will provide employment and income for young girls trying to leave the sex trade. The program will link to high school curriculum, so that girls will also be able to earn life-skills and cooking high school credits, while working.

The Cleaning Solution, Vancouver ($20,000)
The Cleaning Solution provides environmentally-friendly cleaning services to non-profit and private customers, while providing support and employment for people living with mental illness.

Common Thread Cooperative, Vancouver ($20,000)
Common Thread is a non-profit co-op of organizations that offer sewing programs and enterprises that provide skills development and employment opportunities for disadvantaged people living in Vancouver. The funding will support a project called Stretching Our Fabric: New Products and New Skills, through which the co-op will provide training and expand its product line.

An additional $135,000 consists of annual allotments of previously-approved multi-year funding commitments to seven organizations:

  • Stella Burry Community Services (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Causeway Work Centre (Ottawa)
  • Enterprising Non-Profits (Toronto)
  • Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Toronto)
  • Community Ownership Solutions (Winnipeg)
  • Atira Women’s Resource Society (Vancouver)
  • JustWork Economic Initiative (Vancouver)

“These organizations build healthier, more equitable communities by providing invaluable support and employment opportunities to people who might not otherwise have them,” said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators. “Our support will allow them to make an even greater impact in their communities.”

The CED Fund was developed in 1995 to commemorate The Co-operators 50th anniversary, and through it The Co-operators has granted $3.8 million to 91 organizations. The CED Fund is part of The Co-operators Foundation, which supports community-based enterprises and other worthy causes throughout Canada. For more information on the Fund and its recipients, please visit: