The Canadian Women's Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) differs from traditional chambers of commerce across Canada. Our distinct vision is to support, connect and advocate on behalf of women and non-binary entrepreneurs.
CanWCC's advocacy strategy is focused on a single issue: economic equity. More specifically, CanWCC is examining access to capital as it relates to our members and the broader community.
We believe in providing inclusive access to CanWCC's programs, services, and resources and value the work done by all persons involved with the organization, both tangible and intangible.
We recognize the diverse experiences of newly immigrated, racialized, Indigenous, LGBTQIA2S+, gender non-binary, francophone, northern and rural, low-income, young and senior women, and women with disabilities. We seek input from these communities to ensure programs, services, and resources provide equitable support to all women in business.
As such, we have developed our Equity Pricing Model for our annual Business memberships.
Current and new members with means, along with the CanWCC, contribute to this collective giving model by paying it forward.
- Income less than $30,000 CAD annually
- Have less than 2 employees (self-included, not including contractors)
- Is a member of the global majority
- Operates out of rural or northern Canada (small towns, villages and other populated places with less than 1,000 population, rural areas of census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations that may contain estate lots, as well as agricultural, undeveloped and non-developable lands and remote and wilderness areas)
Whether you can pay $1 or $98, you determine the amount that works for you for your first year.
Financial Model for Equity Pricing
We believe that business and community interests are not mutually exclusive. Just as businesses rely on community resources, they also have a responsibility to give back to the communities that support them.
This collective, feminist model is people-powered, and it is forwarded by individuals in our membership coming together to dismantle economic barriers to participation with the intent to build an inclusive, welcoming and equitable ecosystem in which women and non-binary entrepreneurs can thrive.
As such, an essential component of this program is the contribution of new and existing members with financial means and privileges. These members are encouraged to participate in this Equity Pricing Model by paying it forward.
This collective model is built on our members' shared values and barriers along with a collective commitment to economic equity. It allows all involved to support a healthy ecosystem and dismantle the privilege baked into entrepreneurship in Canada while creating a low-stress, easy entry to the ecosystem.
Member Contributions to the Equity Pricing Model:
The pay-what-you-can memberships are all subsidized by our collective model.
Current and new members with means can select to add half a year ($49.50) or one full year ($99) to contribute to this collective giving model.
There is no cap on how many people can contribute or take advantage of our pay-what-you-can model.
Current CanWCC Business Members who have already paid their annual membership fee and would like to contribute to the Equity Pricing Model can click the button below.