Hypha Worker Co-operative Inc. is a worker co-operative incorporated on August 1, 2019 in Ontario, Canada (Ontario Corporation No. 5019866).
Hypha is incorporated as a non-share capital worker co-operative under the Ontario Co-operative Corporations Act, 1990. This entails specific conditions on our primary object, size of membership, and role of members, as addressed in Article , [1.1], , and [145.1] of the Act.
We are a non-profit organization. That means our organization does not operate with the primary purpose of generating profit. As per 2017's Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, Hypha falls under neither the current Corporations Act, nor the upcoming Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, which both govern not-for-profit corporations in Ontario.
You can contact us the following ways:
- 📞 +1-437-887-6936
- 📫 #1308-1403 Royal York Road, Etobicoke, Ontario M9P 0A1
- 🔗 hypha.coop
- 📧 email@example.com
Every member-owner is both an employee and co-owner of Hypha. There are seven member-owners, all of which are founding employees, with four Directors.
- Has completed a membership application (and/or been officially welcomed into the membership)
- Is a permanent or founding employee
- Is considered:
- active if they are in good standing with their membership fees and have not requested to change their status
- inactive if they have requested to change their status
- Inactive members are unable to vote, serve as a director, participate in projects, or work as an employee for so long as they remain so
- Inactive members can request to become active at any time
- Is "someone who performs work for an employer for wages," meeting the Employment Standards Act, 2000 definition of employee
- Is considered permanent if they:
- Have completed a probationary period of one year
- Are not working under contract
- Provides services clearly specified in a time-limited contractor agreement
- Participates in open Hypha activities and projects without a formal employment relationship
As a worker co-operative, there are specific conditions regarding employees and members, addressed in Article , [1.1],  and [145.1] of the Ontario Co-operative Corporations Act. A summary is provided below:
Article 1.1 "Worker co-operative" means a co-operative whose primary object is to provide employment to its members and as a condition of membership that, except in certain circumstances, a member must be employed by the co-operative (roughly at least 75 % of all employees are members of the co-operative, there are specific exemptions).
Article 1.2 (and repeated in 144.1.4) An employee is not a permanent full-time employee if they are employed for a probationary period of one year or less; are employed under a contract for a term of two years or less; or have regular hours of work [that are] less than fifteen hours per week.
The co-operative must maintain a minimum of three members.