Co-op Community Spaces in search to fund great community projects in Western Canada

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with up to $150,000 for your community project through Co-op Community Spaces.

Co-op Community Spaces supports projects in Western Canada dedicated to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture with funding between $25,000 and $150,000, up from $100,000 in 2016. Co-op will increase total funding to $2 million in 2017, up from $1.5 million last year.

“The need to support community-led initiatives remains high in light of the economic slowdown in Western Canada,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “Co-op will continue to give back and invest in our communities. Co-op Community Spaces provides the opportunity to celebrate Western Canadian communities and the efforts of the people behind important local projects.”

The program was launched in 2015 to help protect, beautify and improve local spaces. Since then, it has provided $2.5 million to 37 projects, including as parks, greenhouses and sports fields. Administered by FCL on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives are invited to apply online between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2017.

Share & win

Co-op is looking to fund great community projects in Western Canada and you can help. Tell your friends and local community groups about Co-op Community Spaces by Feb. 15 for a chance to win a $500 CO-OP® Gift Card.

To learn more about Community Spaces, apply for funding or enter the contest, please visit communityspaces.ca.

Contact:
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403

Source: Co-op

Co-ops across Western Canada to contribute $816,000 in support of the relief efforts following the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — A lot can happen through co-operation.

Following the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., local Co-ops across Western Canada — along with their members and customers — teamed up to contribute more than $816,000 in support of the relief efforts.

In total, 55 local Co-ops from B.C. to Manitoba pitched in by collecting donations, hosting fundraisers and making in-kind contributions

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  • MORE: FCL and TGP help relief workers make a special delivery

Making a difference

These funds include a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross from Federated Co-operatives Limited and more than 200 independent retail co-operatives in Western Canada. The donation is part of a $1 million commitment Co-op made to support emergency relief efforts across Western Canada.

Through its Communities in Full Colour program and a Buy One, Get One, Give One promotion, Co-op also donated $40,000 in paint on behalf of customers.

  • MORE: Co-op moves on $100K for Fort Mac
  • MORE: Co-op helps bring the colour back to Fort Mac

For more information about the Red Cross’ response to the Fort McMurray wildfire, or to donate, visit redcross.ca.

Source: Coop

Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is investing $75 million to build two new state-of-the-art, high-throughput fertilizer terminals in Western Canada.

“These are not only investments in agriculture, they are investments in western Canadian communities,” said Scott Banda, CEO of FCL. “The fact that we are building these facilities in a challenging economy shows that we are positioning retail co-ops to better serve their members, customers and communities in the long-term.”

Construction on the two terminals recently began at sites outside Hanley, Sask., and Brandon, Man. These facilities, which are expected to be fully operational in early 2017, will warehouse, blend and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products throughout the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The Hanley terminal will be able to store up to 45,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer while the Brandon terminal will hold 27,500 metric tonnes.

“Investments like this are driving our province’s growth and building on the strong agricultural foundation Saskatchewan is known for,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “Our province is a key supplier of agricultural products for Canada and the world and there’s a need for continued innovation and investment to help our producers meet this growing demand.”

Rail access will allow both facilities to efficiently receive product from domestic and international suppliers, while each high-throughput terminal is centrally located for distribution to Co-op Agro Centres across Western Canada. Each terminal will be able to load a super B trailer of blended fertilizer in 10 minutes and dispense up to 400 metric tonnes of straight fertilizer in an hour.

“Producers want to purchase fertilizer, feed, crop supplies, fuel and equipment at one location. Co-op Agro Centres proudly provide all of those along with the benefits of membership,” said Brad Bauml, Executive Vice-President of Ag and Consumer Products, with FCL. “As owners, retail co-ops and their members will share in the success of these new terminals.”

Currently, 64 out of the 120 Co-op Agro Centre locations across Western Canada sell fertilizer. Many more Co-op Agro Centre locations are expected to add fertilizer to their farm offering, complementing the crop supplies and feed that they already provide, once the new terminals are online.

Contact:

Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
Suite 101 – 503 Wellman Crescent, Saskatoon, SK, S7T 0J1

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.242.6685
CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

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Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

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Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada
Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

 

Source: Co-op Community space

Co-op Community Spaces commits $1.5 million to protect, beautify and enhance spaces in communities across Western Canada

Nipawin, Canada, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — A $1.5 million commitment from Co-op will protect, beautify and enhance spaces in communities across Western Canada.

The funding is provided by Co-op Community Spaces, a program supporting community-based recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects. This year’s 21 recipients span all four western Canadian provinces and include local organizations and initiatives that enhance the quality of life in their community and deliver important local services.

“Co-op Community Spaces is already making a positive impact throughout Western Canada and our latest recipients will keep that momentum rolling,” said Leah Andrew, Associate Vice-President Marketing and Communications with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which administers the program on behalf of the more than 200 independent retail co-operatives that form the Co-operative Retailing System. “Co-op is proud to assist local organizations and will continue to support initiatives that make our communities stronger.”

Making a difference

Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided almost $2.5 million to 37 local projects that benefit communities throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

This year’s Co-op Community Spaces projects include an aquatic centre in Vanderhoof, B.C., an educational kitchen in Calgary, a community greenhouse in Regina and a new arts and cultural centre in Winkler, Man.

Contest winners announced

In May, western Canadians were asked to nominate the public spaces they love in their community as part of this year’s Co-op Community Spaces contest. From thousands of entries, Co-op selected four winners — one in every western Canadian province — who each received $1,000 because of their nomination. The four nominated spaces will share $25,000 to support their local initiatives.

For more details about this year’s Co-op Community Spaces recipients — as well as profiles of last year’s projects — see  www.communityspaces.ca.

Contact:

Home Office
Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
401 – 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0H2
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca
GENERAL CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

Source: Co-op Community space