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Last Updated: 2011-04-01

La Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau-Québec

Company information

Legal Name:   La Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau-Québec
Operating Name:   La Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau-Québec
Mailing Address
19950 Clark Graham Ave
H9X 3R8
Location Address
19950 Clark Graham Ave
H9X 3R8
Telephone: (514) 457-9371
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-363-7610
Fax: (514) 457-4626
Website URL: 

Contact information

Heng Kun
  Title:   Acting General Manager
  Telephone:   (514) 457-9371


Company description

La Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec (FCNQ) is owned by its fourteen member co-ops in the Inuit communities of the Hudson and Ungava coasts of Northern-Québec, – or Nunavik, as this region is now called. FCNQ was established in 1967 to provide the rapidly growing co-operative movement with more effective powers and services to help attain their vision— Atautsikut/Together – working to develop as a people, leaving none behind.
The main objective of each co-op is to unite the community and to act as a spokesperson for their interests. Therefore the co-op is more than just a store, as is evident from their success in activities as diverse as:
– operating retail stores with a wide selection of merchandise at competitive prices, often paying back savings in cash and shares to members at the end of the year.
– banking, post offices cable TV and Internet services (in Puvirnituq only).
– management training, staff development and auditing services.
– marketing Inuit art across Canada and around the world.
– operating hotels and a travel agency.
– fishing & hunting camps.
– bulk storage and distribution of crucial oil & fuel supplies.
– construction projects in Nunavik for housing, schools, etc.

• The co-op movement is now the largest non-government employer in the region with over 270 full-time and 54 seasonal employees in Nunavik and 120 full-time employees in Montréal.

• The co-ops are managed exclusively by Inuit and Cree staff, thereby ensuring that the knowledge and experience gained from operating their collective enterprises remains an asset of the community.

• Business done by the co-operative movement in Nunavik each year has grown from $1,1 million in 1967, to over $143 million in 2004.

These results clearly show that the co-op philosophy and practice of working together to develop as a people, leaving none behind, is an economically viable and socially equitable answer to the future development of Nunavik.  
Country of Ownership: Canada  
Year Established: 1967
Exporting: Yes  
Primary Industry (NAICS): 813910 - Business Associations
Alternate Industries (NAICS): 453920 - Art Dealers
Primary Business Activity: Trading House / Wholesaler / Agent and Distributor  
Number of Employees: 120 
Aboriginal Firm: Registered Aboriginal Business under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB)


Product / Service / Licensing

Product Name: Inuit (Eskimo) sculpture
Unique sculptures hand crafted by artists from Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) made from steatite, serpentine or argillite.



Market profile

Geographic markets:

Export experience:
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • United States


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