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June 26: 12:00 – 4:30 pm

Shepody House, Dorchester

You will not want to miss this jam packed afternoon at the Co-operative Enterprise Council’s annual general meeting at Shepody House in Dorchester on June 26! Our theme this year is THE FUTURE OF RURAL NEW BRUNSWICK and we’ve got an amazing lineup of activities, speakers and more. The meeting officially starts at 1:00 but we’ve got a special pre-AGM session for you at 12:00 so come early and hear Andy Horsnell from the Centre for Local Prosperity speak about the Import Replacement study that will blow your socks off!

And back by popular demand is our Co-op and Social Enterprise Showcase featuring three exceptional examples of innovation in our province:

  • Cooperation in Agri-food NB
  • Mawi’ Wabanaki Artist Collective
  • Greater Dorchester Moving Forward Co-op

And if that wasn’t enough, our Future of Rural New Brunswick panel will be moderated by CBC’s Shift NB political commentator, Duncan Matheson, who will guide a discussion of experts in NB forestry, agriculture, immigration, small schools, Indigenous communities and other rural issues about their perspectives on the challenges and emerging opportunities for small communities in New Brunswick! We will be showcasing some of the innovative co-ops and social enterprises that are helping to build strong rural economies and vibrant communities. Our experts include:

  • Mike Fox – Mount Allison University
  • Charlie Gaffney –College of Craft and Design
  • Craig Silliker – Miramichi Multicultural Association
  • Susannah Banks or Rick Doucet – NB Woodlot Owners
  • Andy Horsnell – Centre Local Prosperity

Registration desk opens at 11:30 and light refreshments will be served. PLEASE RSVP by June 15 to so we can make arrangements for food and seating. Call 506.227.9607 if you have any questions.

MEMBERS:  Nominate a candidate for the Board!  We’re looking for dynamic, skilled, passionate people who are committed to building a different kind of economy where people and planet are at the core. CECNB has been growing and are on the verge of some exciting developments so if you are interested in being part of our amazing Board of Directors, please see the attached nomination form or contact us at info@cecnb or 227.9607 for more information.

If your co-op or social enterprise is not yet a member, check out all the benefits and download the membership application form!

Thanks everyone and we look forward to seeing you on June 26!

NOTE: Seats as filling up quickly so be sure to register soon!!!!



September 24 – 26, 2018

CECNB is a proud co-host of the upcoming ECONOUS2018 National community economic development Conference, which will be held September 24-26, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick.  You can find more information on the Facebook Event page and  ECONOUS website, and follow the Canadian CED Network‘s newsletters for further updates.

This will be a great opportunity for building community economic development networks and skills and we hope to see you there!



On May 7, 2018, hear author of An Army of Problem Solvers and co-founder of Aki Energy and other innovative social businesses, Shaun Loney at a full day workshop in Fredericton. Learn about social enterprise in New Brunswick and how we can create our own army of problem-solvers!

When: May 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: NB College of Craft and Design 457 Queen Street, Fredericton

Cost: $70 (incl. lunch, materials & HST)

FREE for Indigenous youth thanks to the sponsorship of the NB Aboriginal Peoples Council.

Please see the event poster here.

Register on Eventbrite here.



The Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick is very excited to now offer all past issues of Off Grid East Coast for free download.  This e-zine showcases people in the Maritimes who are “doing it” and has tons of great articles on renewable energy systems, local food, permaculture, tiny houses, energy efficiency, sustainable investing, urban chicken farming, rain collecting, and so much more!  You can get your free copy on our Resources page. Also be sure to check out our Facebook group Off Grid Comments and Questions East Coast Its a great place for people to ask questions about anything related to renewable energy and get answers from folks in the know.

Off Grid Flyer


Social Enterprise for Youth and Aboriginal Communities

Join the Co-operative Enterprise Council and NB Aboriginal Peoples Council for a full day workshop in Woodstock on March 29, 2018 to learn about Social Enterprises and the opportunities they can provide for youth and Aboriginal communities.

The workshop is $70 per participant (lunch included), or FREE for Aboriginal youth (supported by the NB Aboriginal Peoples Council). For more information, please click on the link below to view the event poster, or contact
Woodstock Workshop March 29, 2018 (register by March 21)



We are so excited to announced that the new Community Economic Development tax credit has been officially announced!!! CECNB has been working on this with government for the past 6 years and we are pleased that our communities will now have this tool available to raise the capital they need to develop co-ops and social enterprises! Solar farms, local food, tourism, forestry, innovation….the opportunities for creating jobs and building local economies are endless!!! Fore more info and application forms see



On June 20, 2016 CECNB held Ignite Local, an event that brought together nearly 100 people interested in buy-local initiatives and the new CED tax credit that can now be used to raise capital for co-ops and social enterprises in NB.  Click on the following powerpoint presentations for a preview of what our guest speakers from NS had to say about how they have used a similar tax credit to raise money for wind farms and a variety of co-ops and social enterprises that employ hundreds of people.



And some short videos about businesses established with the CED tax credit in Cape Breton:

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Growing Local Prosperity in Rural Communities

Gregory Heming believes that rural communities in NB are perfectly positioned to cultivate a new economy… one that thrives by creating local business to meet local needs. And he should know. He has been helping rural communities grow their local prosperity potential for 40 years. Join CECNB and our co-host the Canadian CED Network to be inspired and share insights on how we can rebuild our rural communities!

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 New draft regulations for small-scale renewable energy projects have been posted by government for public review

The Government of NB is proposing a new set of regulations that will support the creation of small scale renewable energy projects operated by co-ops, non-profits, municipalities, and Aboriginal groups.  Read the proposed regulations here


Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Planet Hatch, Knowledge Park, 50 Crowther Lane, Fredericton, NB

Description: The purpose of the press conference is to announce the results of a recent economic impact study on social enterprises in New Brunswick and to explore the opportunities emerging in our province to drive economic growth through a digital society, open government, mentorship, and the creation of new pools of social capital.

Download a copy of the  Press Conference Backgrounder, Economic Impact Report, and 2014 Survey Report

Media Contact:

Wendy Keats, Executive Director
Tel: (506) 227-9607



CECNB and other leaders in the co-op sector spent nearly three years researching, consulting and writing a comprehensive proposal for a new Co-operative Associations Act to replace our existing legislation which hasn’t been updated since 1978. This work was done in partnership with the Financial and Consumer Services Commission, the government agency responsible for co-operatives.  It is currently being reviewed by government and we are expecting new legislation to be introduced within the coming year.  Download a copy of the proposed new Act below.

New Co-op Act copyDownload your copy Proposal for new Co-operative Associations Act of NB – June 2014

Media Contact:

Wendy Keats, Executive Director
Tel: (506) 227-9607