Co-operatives play an important role in the Canadian economy. Federal policies, laws and regulations directly affect the vitality of co-operatives and mutuals, which can then affect the local economy and the achievement of economic, social and environmental goals.

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada regularly informs the federal government of the concerns within the co-operative and mutuals sector and ensures to bring the voice of co-operatives and mutuals to all levels.

We monitor activities and emerging issues and regularly meet with members of parliament and departmental officials to discuss sector priorities. We communicate with our members on a regular basis to keep them informed.

We also create opportunities to facilitate our Members’ interactions with the federal government and we work with them to make recommendations on government policies and programs.

Priority Projects


Re-establishing the Co-operatives Secretariat


Promoting conversions to co-operatives


Accessing the Small Business Deduction (SBD)


Making the Tax-deferred Co-operative Share Program permanent


Establishing a Federal Co-operative Investment Plan


Indivisible Reserves

CMC also participates in advocacy to open programs such as the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program and the  NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program.

We are also working with the CWCF to ensure that worker co-ops are treated fairly if there are tax considerations and incentives put in place to encourage more employee ownership of businesses. For more information, click here.


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