What is a co-op?
An autonomous association of people united voluntarily to meet their common economic , social and cultural goals through a jointly-owned democratically-controlled entreprise.
Why a co-op?
Since a co-op is not owned by a CEO or shareholders, the social and economic benefits stay within the community. Each year, Jake's Co-op gives around 30 000$ back to the community, largely through investing in student projects, scholarships, bursaries, and international internships. Not only that, but every year we hire a number of students paying out approximately 180 000$ in student salaries each year. This is a great opportunity for students to not only have jobs on campus but to also learn management, marketing, customer services and working skills in a high-paced environment.
Vanier Co-op was an initiative started by the Vanier Colege Student Assosciation VCSA in 2014. Jake;s Café was created because students were looking for healthier and more diverse options thant what the cafeteria was offerring. Jake's Café offers a wide range of specialty coffees, homemade sandwiches, soups and salads as well as vegetarian and vegan options for our students. Realizing that the creation of Jake's Co-op gives students a way to be involved, as well as ownership of a part of the colege, fostering a sense of belonging to the whole community, the VCSA and the college took the co-op initiative further by turning the college bvookstore into a co-op as well. We ended up with a beautiful bookstore that offers everything that students and staff could possibly need, from Vanier branded swag, speciality stationery items, Herschel school bags and personal care products. In 2019, the co-op became an accredited bookstore. The first and only English Cegep to have an accredited bookstore and one of only seven English accredited bookstores in Quebec. This means that we have a huge selection of General Literature books that rivals Chapters or Indigo.
To offer an easy to access, affordable, independant bookstore services to serve the Vanier , Ville Saint-Laurent and the broader Montreal community. As a cooperative, we believe heavily in investing back into these commmunities. By choosing us, you do not only purchase items you love, you are also supporting your neighbours, students and a wide variety of environmental, social justice and educational projects.
From left to right: Juan, Gabriel, Heather and Julien