Reasons to Join
How to Join
Please call Dan at 778-3949 if you are
interested in volunteering for developing this project.
For the test phase of Whitecourt Dollars the
accepting merchants are: CyberVision Computers, Tiddlee Winx
Toys n Stuff, Totally Covered, Community Advisor, OZ MediaWorks and Whitecourt
Anti-counterfeiting features include special
paper, indented serial numbers, an embossed seal, two actual
signatures in pen etc. These features, combined with the limited
dollars in circulation for the test phase, and the penalties
for such fraud, would make counterfeiting efforts for this
currency not worthwhile.
The above is a work in progress. Please send
in any suggestions for the front photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The idea is to have the money the same colour as the Canadian
currency that this local currency is meant to complement.
The following is based on other local currency efforts.
Whitecourt Dollars initiative is designed to complement the Canadian
money system with a community currency which will provide:
- an additional source of income for individuals
- a promotional tool for area businesses
- a medium of exchange for organizations wishing to share resources
and improve accessibility to their services.
Whitecourt Dollars is modelled on leading
Canadian efforts such as the Toronto
Dollar and the Calgary
Dollars of Calgary.
Whitecourt is equivalent to $1.00 Canadian.
Whitecourt Dollars is an initiative to bring together local talents
and resources to strengthen our local economy and build community.
Statement of Principles
Building a healthy community means incorporating social, economic
and environmental principles in an ethical, inclusive and sustainable
- in the skills, talents and capabilities of all people
- in promoting financial additions to the globalized economy
which encourage local, decentralized decision making.
- in a healthy economy which is rooted in a healthy ecosystem.
- in producing and consuming locally where most efficient and
effective, to promote both local accountability and global health.
- in celebrating local history, culture and honouring diversity.
- in an economy in which that which is physically possible and
productive, can become financially possible through the issuance
of a complementary medium of exchange and store of value.
Who are we?
We are a volunteer run project who want to help people to help
themselves. In the future we may publish a Barter Bulletin insert,
to help connect individuals and businesses who will accept Whitecourt
Discount Dollars in payment for their goods and services. Community
currency empowers us all by increasing our purchasing power, improving
our quality of life, and helping us to strengthen our communities.
How Does It Work?
Whitecourt Dollars project is designed to help build respect, integrity
and trust into all community currency transactions.
- Merchants or others who choose to accept Whitecourt Dollars
can either spend them, or cash them in and receive 90 cents
Canadian for $1.00 Wct.
- You can also purchase Whitecourt Dollars at selected sites
at $1 Cdn for $1 Wct. 90 cents of this will be held in reserve
for each $1 Wct. The additional 10 cents will be donated to
non-profit community service organizations.
"I've used local currency for groceries,
gifts, video rentals, movies, meals, books, pottery, chiropractic
care, shoe repair, photocopies, computer printer ribbons, a
wrist rest, faxes, haircuts, pizza, theatre tickets, dance lessons
and yoga lessons. I repaid a loan I owed with HOURS, too.
Elizabeth, from Ithaca New York