St . James Town Community Co-operative

For the community; by the community


About the Co-op

The community of St. James Town is one of the most highly educated and culturally diverse urban pockets in the world, with an estimated 140 languages spoken and 0.46 graduate degrees per capita. Home to majority newcomers, this densely populated high-rise, low-income neighbourhood has, unfortunately, remained overlooked and underserved for several decades. The St. James Town Community Co-operative was created by residents of the neighbourhood to address the growing need for food security, capacity building, and emergency preparation. Learn more about our projects below.


We're hiring! 

Communications and Membership Engagement Coordinator

Please send resume and cover letter to Priority will be given to residents of St Jamestown, but we will consider applications from non-residents as well. Priority will also be given to racialized minorities, though all applications will be considered. Applicant must be eligible to work in Canada. Please provide 2 references. 

Apply by April 29th

21 hours per week (6 months)


  • Organizing regular member orientations

  • Regular communications with members (and new members)

  • Assist with scheduling volunteer shifts and working group meetings online and by phone

  • Attending and/or coordinating in-person volunteer events

  • Regular Newsletters, forward emails to members on Mailchimp, twice weekly social media posts

  • Work with team to develop a strong members database (Airtable and Mailchimp) and systems for sustaining membership

  • Assist with activating the Good Food Buying Club

  • Animate and monitor the community chat/member forum

  • Add/remove content on the website (using WordPress) and keep the website updated and engaging

  • Help ensure related projects are on time and on budget

  • Activate and manage the Timebank System

  • Facilitate the Communications and Membership Engagement Committees

  • Organize member meetings as required in co-op bylaws

  • Other necessary tasks to ensure the smooth running of the co-op's communications and membership engagement as agreed with the Board of Directors and Executive Team

Our ideal candidate has the following skills: 

  •  Strong Interpersonal Skills 

  •  Marketing and Promotions 

  •  Coordination of people and events 

  •  Working in a diverse community 

Our ideal candidate also has Knowledge/Interest/Experience in one or more of the following:

  •   Direct outreach 

  •   Design 

  •   Promotional material and or magazine or zine design 

  •   Brand Development 

  •   Food Security 

  •   Climate Change 

  •   Urban Agriculture 

  •   Co-operatives

  •   Human Rights-Based Community Development 

  •   Multilingual is an asset

    There will be opportunities for advancement depending on future funding.

OASIS Food Hub

Our keystone project: a full cycle Food Hub for growing, distributing, and composting food.

Good Food Buying Club

An affordable and collaborative way to buy high-quality dried goods and local farmer produce.

Emergency Food Program

An emergency food relief fund which emerged in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on St. James Town residents.

Black & Indigenous Food Rights

The Co-op's Black and Indigenous-led working group is developing practices for cultural responsiveness in the neighbourhood.

Co-op Members

Households receiving emergency food

Food hampers received

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