WEFC Draft Purchasing Policy


The West End Food Co-op operated as a multi-stakeholder food co-op in South Parkdale, a diverse neighbourhood in the west of Toronto for 6 years. This neighbourhood consists of a large newcomer population, a historically low-income population, many young families and a rapidly gentrifying new influx of higher income condo dwellers.

When WEFC opened in 2012, the food scene was different and besides one small independently owned natural food store, there was next to nothing for local, sustainably sourced, organic foods. Prior to the store opening, as well as continuing throughout the store’s success, and beyond, WEFC also managed the nearby Sorauren Farmers’ Market which focuses on bringing small-to-medium scale local farmers and prepared food vendors to North Parkdale. The first inventory was decided upon by a group of volunteers and staff who researched a category of foods, and reported back on their findings, which distributor had the best prices/deals/ethics, and their recommendations.

This is the 2016 Draft Purchasing Policy, which was developed by WEFC’s Purchasing Committee. This document was collaborated on for 2 years to put together the policy that best describes WEFC’s needs and purchasing commitments to its members and shoppers.

UN Human Rights and Food Presentation - St Jamestown Co-op, Conscious Minds

Climate resilience and food justice. These concepts are ingrained in the UN Human Rights documents which Canada has signed on to. Excerpts from the following documents in relation to food justice are included in the downloadable presentation below:

  • UN Economic Social Rights Related to Food

  • UN Right to Food

  • UN Rights of the Child - in relation to the food system

  • UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People

  • 17 Sustainable Development Goals

We thank St Jamestown Co-op and Conscious Minds for putting together this presentation and sharing it with us.

How to Start Your Farm Co-op - with Heather Pritchard, Foodlands Co-op BC

Local Food and Farm Co-ops in partnership with Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario bring you a workshop and talk with Heather Pritchard, a seasoned farm co-op and land trust community-builder from BC.

Guide to Market Research Webinar

LFFC’s own Peggy Baillie takes you through best practices in market research to better understand your customer/member base.

This webinar covers how to go about your market research and the importance of this skill in understanding your customer base, and how to apply this knowledge to translate to higher sales for your food or farm business.

10th Assembly - Presenter's Slides and Resources

It was a great event that brought together co-operators from across the province. We hope that you gained valuable knowledge, built new relationships and left inspired to keep up the amazing work each of you are going in your own communities. 

As a follow up, we wanted to share with you the presentations from each of these sessions. These can be downloaded and shared with others in your co-op. 


Founders Sessions: 

Directing for Success


Fair Finance Fund


Social Justice

State of the Local Food System

Member Engagement


We would like to thank all of the speaker for taking the time to share their knowledge and experience with us. 

And an extra special thanks to all of our sponsors. Without their support the Assembly could not happen. 

We hope to see you at the next assembly. 

All the best from the LFFC team

The Future Is Rural: Food System Adaptations to the Great Simplification

Here is an incredible free tool from the Post-Carbon Institute to gauge food self-sufficiency in a specific region.

Here’s a snippet, the introduction to the section Part 2 - Appropriate Way s of Thinking to Respond [to the dilemmas of modern life with perpetual growth on a finite planet]:

“Here’s our predicament. Our entire way of life, even the food that sustains us, relies on a rapid drawdown of resources and is undermining environmental support systems. One of the steps we need to take is to clear out old assumptions and modes of thinking that developed within today’s culture and adopt new mindsets that ground us, so we can adapt to novel circumstances. “

Download both documents below!

Dollars & Directors Webinar Series: Money & Mission - Understanding Your Co-op's Finances

This 7th webinar in our Dollars & Directors series focuses on understanding the financials unique to co-operatives, reviewing key financial reports and indicators to help you improve your co-op's financial management, and how mission-driven businesses balance their financial requirements and needs, including the use of an excel spreadsheet created and shared by Co-op Specialist Russ Christianson. Please download both the spreadsheet and the accompanying article via the buttons below to follow along with the webinar.

Dollars & Directors Webinar series: Good Governance - Best Practices for Board of Directors

The 6th Webinar in our Dollars & Directors webinar series, LFFC’s own Peggy Baillie takes you through what makes a smooth-functioning board of directors, good governance practices, and how to support a board’s directors as well as how they should be engaging with staff and other stakeholders.

Dollars & Directors Webinar series: Financial Planning & Board Responsibilities

The 5th webinar in our Dollars & Directors series, the goal of this webinar is to provide key information for financial planning as well as the roles and responsibilities of board directors, management and financial committees. Featuring Marc Belanger of Collins Barrow and Joel Lalonde of Your Credit Union.

Dollars & Directors Webinar series: Making Your Budget Work for You

The fourth webinar in our Dollars & Directors webinar series features Amanda LeClair, former Executive Director for Eat Local Sudbury and former General Manager of West End Food Co-op. Amanda talks through all aspects of budgeting in not-for-profit food co-ops which can be applied to all small businesses when starting up and re-evaluating along the way in your business.

Dollars & Directors Webinar series: Engaging Your Investors

Our third installment of our Dollars & Directors Webinar series showcases examples of community-led fundraising and how these co-ops were able to engage their investors with community bonds and crowdfunding. Barbara Schaffer of Farmersville Community Abbatoir discusses how her collective abbatoir works, Kelli Ebbs of Muskoka North Good Food Co-op talks about their experience of fundraising events and community bonds, while Erin Beagle discusses how they used crowdfunding successfully to reach a broader audience of investors.

Dollars & Directors Webinar series: Grant Fundraising

Our Dollars & Directors webinar series kicks off with a grant fundraising webinar with Peggy Baillie of Local Food and Farm Co-ops and Allison Muckle of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario.

Sample Planogram

Berry Road Food Co-op's James Partanen shared this Planogram schematic with us at the 9th Annual Assembly.  This document is useful when in the planning stages of a space to maximize efficiency within the space provided.  Use the tabs at the bottom to see the lists of items broken down into section, product, price, etc.

Thank you for sharing this example, Berry Road!  Click the button below to download the planogram.



Sample GM Delegation of Authority and Reporting Requirements

Thanks to the West End Food Co-op for sharing this document. 

This General Manager Delegation of Authority and Reporting Requirements document is an example of what a multistakeholder co-operative like West End Food Co-op uses.