Carsharing in St. John’s

We’re rolling!

CarShare NL has been on the ground in St. John’s since early 2014. Since getting started, we have:

  • Created a core team to drive CarShare NL and a panel of local and national expert advisors on governance, communications and the logistics of establishing a new carshare. Also joined the Federation of Canadian Carshare Cooperatives (FC3).
  • Conducted a web-based survey which revealed a promising local interest in CarShare NL – over 100 people have indicated a willingness to join as members.
  • Engaged the Memorial School of Business MBA program to write our business plan.
  • Submitted our application to become a Co-operative.
  • Created communications plan for our launch in 2015.
  • Secured our first grant from JustChange St. John’s to support our communications plan.
  • Hosted the President of FC3 in St. John’s from September 11-14 to raise awareness of CarShare at several public events and in the media.
  • Initiated discussions with car dealership for vehicle purchase.
  • Requested insurance quotes.
  • Initiated discussions with businesses and the City of St. John’s regarding dedicated parking spaces.
  • Developed a collaboration with Metrobus.

Where to next?

Now, in Spring 2015, we are getting ready to launch! That means:

• Engaging 60 people to become members of the CarShare NL co-operative
• Securing funding to power our start up phase
• Building a fleet of up to 3 vehicles for member use
• Securing several parking spots in the downtown and Georgestown areas
• Implementing an intensive communications strategy

Join us for the ride!

Want to help make all this a reality? We’re looking to expand our team of volunteers and supporters. Here’s how you can get involved:

Membership: Become part of the first 60 for launch in Spring 2015.
Promotion and marketing: Volunteer and help us make CarShare NL a well-known brand.
Funding applications: Help us find funds to power our growth.
Business planning: help us launch a strong and savvy social enterprise.