Purpose and Goals
Our purpose is to establish a community owned, full service and environmentally and economically sustainable CarShare co-operative.
Easy-to-use service makes CarSharing fun and simple.
A cost-effective alternative to purchasing and maintaining a personal vehicle.
Fewer vehicles need to be manufactured, maintained, fueled and driven.
CarSharing complements active and public modes of transportation.
The SCC is an easy, economical and sustainable alternative to car ownership.
The co-op gives you access to a vehicle when you need it – without all the costs.
CarSharing is simple; individuals gain access to cars without the costs and responsibilities of car ownership. Instead of owning one or more vehicles, CarShare members have access to a network of shared vehicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at unattended self-service locations. CarSharing can be described as organized short-term car rental. It helps members save money by dividing costs among members, promoting the use of fuel-efficient vehicles and encouraging members to drive less often, plan trips ahead of time and use alternative modes of transportation more frequently. CarShare goals are to decrease personal vehicle use and dependence on fossil fuels, provide affordable access to vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, encourage residents to use more sustainable modes of transportation, support community transit and facilitate the development of co-operatives.
SCC development has been ongoing for a number of years, with official incorporation in July 2012. A Steering Committee consisting of members from the City of Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan (Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, College of Education, Geography and Planning), the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association and We Are Many (WAM) Inc. has undertaken a feasibility study to help determine the best locations for initial cars and fee structures. The SCC is preparing to launch services this fall in the Nutana neighbourhood.