Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 18, 2009 17:05 ET

Health Care Co-Operative in the Beauce Region Receives Government of Canada Support

BEAUCEVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) -

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The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament for Beauce, today announced, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture) responsible for the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat, funding of $50,000 to the Centre local de developpement of Robert-Cliche. The financial support contributed to the start up of the Cooperative de solidarite de sante Robert-Cliche. This innovative project, part of the federal government's Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), aims to improve the delivery of health care services in the Beauce region.

"Health services are a key part of any community," said MP Maxime Bernier. "By increasing the resources available, this co-operative will improve the quality of health care services in the region making it more independent and competitive."

The coop will merge several medical clinics in order to reorganize and improve their services. While offering services that complement the Centre de Sante et des Services Sociaux of Beauce, the co-operative also intends to experiment with a new approach that relies on the voluntary involvement of citizens with their health care providers to prevent and treat patients more efficiently.

The Cooperative de solidarite de sante is one of many projects funded by the CDI. The CDI is a five-year, $15 million program of the Co-operatives Secretariat that helps Canadians develop new co-operatives and experiment innovative ways to use the co-operative model in order to face today's social and economic challenges.

For one hundred years, co-operatives have contributed greatly to local economic development in Canada. Canada's co-operatives hold more than $210 billion in assets, and are owned by the members and communities they serve. There are more than 8,800 co-ops in Canada, employing 150,000 people directly.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat
    Isabelle Lamontagne
    Communications Advisor - Quebec