Membership

As a co-op or credit union operating in Newfoundland & Labrador, you are automatically a member of the NLFC and we are happy to represent your interests! In order to become an active member with the opportunity to vote on important issues and take advantage of all NLFC programs, your annual membership dues must be paid and up to date.

 

Membership eligibility is not limited to co-ops and credit unions; organizations outside the sector that support our mission, vision, and values are able to become associate members or partners, however associate members and partners do not retain voting rights.

We partner with the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Atlantic Central, and The Co-operators to deliver services that contribute to the growth and success of our provincial co-op sector. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • opportunities to connect with local co-ops, credit unions, sector organizations, government departments, and agencies.
  • research and advisory support particularly in relation to project planning, government and public relations, and legislative compliance.
  • access to virtual workshops and training modules focusing on co-op basics, board roles and responsibilities, marketing, technology utilization, member retention, accounting practices, recruitment, and so on. 
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Become Part of the Conversation

Lend your unique voice to the development of Newfoundland & Labrador’s co-operative movement by becoming a member of the NLFC today!

Perks of Being a Member

Through our partnership with The Co-operators, our members have access to insurance plans specifically designed for co-operatives (Co-op Guard) and for co-operative members (Member Direct Benefits).

Co-op Guard

Co-op Guard combines all the protection your co-operative needs in one package. Because each co-op has its own unique needs, NLFC members utilizing this program can tailor their coverage at an affordable price. Coverage ranges from essential liability coverages like Commercial General Liability and Blanket Accident Insurance to more specialty liability coverages like Directors and Officer’s Liability and Privacy Breach. NLFC members can also access employee benefit programs through Co-op Guard.

Member Direct Benefits

Member Direct Benefits provides individual members of your co-op access to exclusive, affordable coverage for a wide range of products.

Through our partnership with the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, we deliver co-op development services for citizens, intended for those who are considering the formation of a new co-op to meet a collective service requirement in their community. These services include the following:

Introductory information about the co-op sector including the role co-ops and credit unions play in supporting economic and social development in the province

Educational workshops to provide an overview of the co-op business model, the existing sector, and the co-op development process

Advice to assist groups with the development, and incorporation, of new co-op enterprises

Repayable equity and loan financing to supplement member investments in newly developing co-ops, up to a maximum of $15,000.00

Operational guidance for newly established co-ops including board roles and responsibilities, governance and policy development, and strategic planning processes

Even More Perks

Through our partnership with PAL Airlines we offer considerable discounts on ALL PAL Airlines and Air Borealis flights, including newly added routes.

Through our partnership with Co-Pharm and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council we offer access to affordable prescriptions and medications.

Through our partnership with Perkopolis we offer coupons and discounts on over 5000 products and services.