An impact investment co-operative.

As a for-profit investment cooperative, we provide capital to Calgary-based entrepreneurs that generate financial, social and environmental returns. Local Investing YYC removes barriers to receiving funding through traditional channels, while creating local impact through member investments that are RRSP and TFSA eligible.

Local Investing YYC is a catalyst for quality jobs, equitable distribution of wealth and strong, sustainable communities.

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Why Local Investing?

Local businesses return a greater percentage of revenue to their communities than chains through local investments in employees and suppliers. This helps create sustainable communities by:

Driving the equal distribution of wealth

 
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Creating more stable, quality jobs

 

Stimulating income growth and reducing poverty

Diversifying the local economy

Co-operative Values and Principles

Co-operatives are member-owned and democratically controlled. They start when a group of people see a need or an opportunity in their community and with the right vision and support they grow and evolve with the members they serve. Local Investing YYC was created to bridge the gap between investors and social entrepreneurs in our community.

Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

Co-ops all around the world are guided by seven universal principles, from large credit unions to small independent shops and everything in between. The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice:

1. Voluntary and Open Membership
2. Democratic Member Control
3. Member Economic Participation
4. Autonomy and Independence
5. Education, Training and Information
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
7. Concern for Community