Co-operative businesses have an important economic role to play in generating jobs and growth in communities across Canada. Existing in every sector of the economy, co-operatives provide needed infrastructure, goods and services to over 18 million members and jobs to more than 156,000 Canadians.
Co-operatives Policy provides analysis, advice and support to promote co-operative business innovation and growth in Canada. Co-operatives Policy is a new addition to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada as responsibility for co-operatives transferred from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a result of recommendations in the Report of the Special Committee on Co-operatives. With this transfer, the department, already responsible for administering the Canada Cooperatives Act and for co-operative incorporation, now provides a single focal point for co-operatives. Responsibility for financial co-operatives remains with Finance Canada.
- What is a co-operative?
- Various kinds of co-operatives
- Create/Maintain a co-operative
- Frequently asked questions about co-operatives
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