A worker co-op is a business operated by and for its workers. With this model, workers manage all aspects of the cooperative’s administration and made the decisions that affect them directly, without the intermediary of a business owner or manager.
Work in a stimulating environment founded on the values of initiative, self-governance, and democratic and horizontal decision-making;
Break out of the isolation and precarity of freelancing thanks to a network of qualified colleagues built in solidarity;
Refine your skills by working in teams and as a collective;
Build skills in collective management, administration and entrepreneurship;
Benefit from employee status (insured working hours, T4, vacation pay, access to CNESST coverage);
Benefit from the services of an administrative assistant (communication with clients, repartition of contracts, logistics of pay and remuneration, invoicing and bookkeeping, client follow-up);
Become eligible for annual patronage dividends.
Living the dream: work without a boss! Yeah, but… in order for a co-op model to work, each member must be able to:
Invest in the cooperative, both in a financial sense (by purchasing member shares) and in a personal one, by committing to tend to the health of the business and their work relationships;
Share the risks: each member is responsible for ensuring that the co-op meets its legal, financial and human obligations;
Work as part of a team and be accountable to her colleagues;
Participate in general assemblies and in decision-making structures.
To become a member of Coop l’Argot, you must:
Have completed a minimum of three contracts as a freelancer for Coop l’Argot
Have submitted your application for a job opening published by Coop l’Argot
Have successfully completed the hiring process (one to two rounds of interviews)
Commit to purchasing member shares at a value of $1000
Coop l’Argot often seeks out freelancers! To be added to our list of freelancers, please send us the following application materials:
Your portfolio or some examples of your recent work (if applicable)
A cover letter
A reference letter or contact info for someone who can speak to your work (if applicable)