A Working Group to Explore the Potential of Community Currencies to Unleash Resources in Greater Victoria

Next Meeting: Saturday, June 22, 1 pm-4pm. Note this is an Implementation Meeting to plan the launch of a community currency in Victoria. Everyone is welcome but questions of a general nature should be held to the end of the meeting.
Location: Community Micro Lending Gathering Place, 202-2610 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC map

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Following very successful meetings on March 23 and April 13, April 24, May 11, and June 8, an informal working group has formed to explore the potential opportunities and mechanisms for implementing one or more community currencies in Greater Victoria.

Anyone is invited to join this working group. Email us.

Meetings will take place every two weeks giving interested individuals and organizations a chance to learn the basics of community currencies as well as to further develop plans and strategies to implement them in our community.

The regular meetings will be hosted by Healing Cities Institute and Animate Community and will be facilitated by community currency experts:
Michael Linton, Jordan Bober and Ernie Yacub.

At the March 23 meeting, three main ideas were proposed for further discussion:

1) Starting a local currency based on Seedstock (Community Way Model) currently being launched in Vancouver;

2) Expanding the usage of a South Vancouver Island currency called Tetla Dollars; and

3) Exploring the potential of a Wellness Dollar currency to help provide resources for the Victoria Community Health Co-operative.

Below is brief background information on Seedstock and Tetla Dollars with links to their web sites that have much more detailed information.


Seedstock Community Currency

Seedstock is based on the Community Way Model.



How Do Tetlas Work?
Tetla™ gift certificates are gift certificates. You can redeem them for products and services instead of paying with money.

They work a lot like money. You can earn them. You can spend them. They are similar to Canadian Tire Money which looks like a kind of money, but of course, is a type of coupon issued by Canadian Tire. Unlike real money, you can only spend Canadian Tire Money at Canadian Tire stores or a few others that accept them. Tetlas also can't be spent everywhere, only where they are accepted.

For a list of businesses allowing payment with tetla gift certificates instead of money look in the section of this website entitled "Where Can I Spend Tetlas?" Businesses can start or stop allowing payment with tetla gift certificates at any time so there is no way to keep this list completely accurate. If you are aware of any businesses that should be added or deleted from the list, please let us know.

If you want to know how you can get tetlas in the first place, look in the section entitled "How Can I Get Tetlas?" The tetla gift certificates and the Tetla Tsetsuwatil are not affiliated with Canadian Tire stores. There's just a similarity in how they work.