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Co-op Cred Program (CCP)

Note: The Co-op Cred Program is currently on hold due to COVID-19

The Co-op Cred Program (CCP) is a volunteer food security program which offers practical pre-employment training in a supportive low-barrier environment. CCP uses an alternative credit-debit financial system to support the re-engagement of marginalized people.

The program provides supportive work placement opportunities for:

  • low-income and marginalized members to;
  • to accumulate economic wealth
  • increase access to healthy food without welfare benefit claw back.
  • learn about food security and transferrable skills

The program is supported by placement site supervisors, the Employment Facilitator at PARC and the Money Matters program at PARC.

Our Solution

The Co-op Cred Program (CCP) is a volunteering and food security program intended to offer practical pre-employment training in a supportive low-barrier environment and is supported by placement site supervisors, the Employment Facilitator at PARC, and the Money Matters program at PARC. It launched in 2013 with 7 members, currently in 2020 the program can have up to 30 participants across six placement sites.

The program provides supportive work placement opportunities for low-income and marginalized members while allowing them to accumulate economic wealth and increase their access to healthy food without welfare benefit claw back.

The program’s financial design is based on the use of credit as a financial gifting mechanism. The value of gifted cred is: 1 cred = $1.00

Eligibility Requirements

Can You Apply

This program works with low-income adults from the neighbourhood of Parkdale who are seeking volunteering opportunities, interested in learning more about food security and using transferable skills through work placement settings. Many participants have lived experience of homelessness, poverty, mental health or substance use.

This program runs for a year, with some placement sites operating seasonally.

    How To Apply

    Individual meetings with an employment worker support are available by appointment only.

    Staff are available to meet or speak with program participants by appointment or drop-in Mon-Friday during our current hours.

    If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us:

    (416) 537-2262
    info@parc.on.ca

    Schedule

    This program runs year, with some placement sites operating seasonally.

    Program Details

    The Co-op Cred Program (CCP) addresses systemic, interrelated challenges of income and food insecurity faced by people with low incomes and few resources in Parkdale.

    CCP uses an alternative credit-debit financial system to support the re-engagement of marginalized people.

    The program launched in 2013 with 7 members, in 2020 the program had up to 30 participants across six placement sites. The financial design is based on the use of credit as a financial gifting mechanism. The value of gifted cred is: 1 cred = $1.00.

    Participants in this program:

    • receive “credits” in exchange for volunteer work.
    • use their credits to purchase healthy and local food available.
    • in past years, participants exchanged their cred for food at the West End Food Co-op (now closed).
    • presently, participants exchange their cred for food cards from either the Loblaw’s or Sobeys group of grocers.

    “This community astounds me, and I am very moved by the connections and friendships I have made since coming here. I feel like I have come home. Being in the program has been one of the things that have encouraged me and fed my spirit, my heart... the connections and value recognized in my skills and abilities... even more so than the food, although that makes it possible for me to feel more secure so that I can concentrate on what is most important to me; art and community.” – CCP Participant