Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 04, 2005 15:03 ET

AAFC: Hon. Wayne Easter Welcomes Co-op Sector to Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 4, 2005) - The co-operative sector has been providing valuable service to Canadians for over a century and Co-op Week (from October 16-22, 2005) in Canada celebrates this achievement every year. During Co-op Week, the Honourable Wayne Easter, Parliamentary Secretary with special emphasis on Rural Development, met with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil Canadien de la Cooperation (CCC) and to discuss key issues, such as capitalization and support for co-op development, in Ottawa.

"The Government of Canada supports co-ops because they can and do contribute to the economic and social makeup of Canada. They bring people together with a common goal to pool their resources and share risks, resulting in healthier and stronger communities."

Since 2003, the Government of Canada has worked in partnership with the co-op sector through the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), which is designed to help develop co-ops, and research and test innovative ways of using the co-operative model. It is making the co-op option more readily available to Canadians, so they can respond to their present-day challenges.

"For example, CDI support has given people in Kitchener-Waterloo easier access to a vehicle, while helping the environment, through a car sharing co-op. Another CDI project supports the development of an urban health care co-operative clinic, the first of its kind in Canada."

Eighty-seven Innovation and Research projects worth over $4 million dollars have been approved under this initiative. This is in addition to the $5 million dollar partnership with the CCA and CCC, which provides advisory services to individuals and communities who want to develop co-ops.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with the CCA and CCC, and seeing innovative co-ops being developed through programs such as CDI."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Alain Roy, Manager, Partnership
    Co-operatives Secretariat
    (613) 759-7197