Ottawa, January 15, 2019: Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), the national, bilingual association for co-operatives and mutuals in Canada, congratulates Bernadette Jordan on her appointment as Minister of Rural Economic Development.
“CMC is very pleased to see the government making a commitment to its focus on rural Canada through today’s cabinet shuffle,” said André Beaudry, Executive Director of CMC. “With 195,000 jobs supported by our sector and $78 billion in annual revenues generated by co-operative enterprises and mutuals in Canada, our members play a key role in the economic and social well-being of rural communities across Canada. Co-operative enterprises serve the needs of those who choose to live in rural communities every day by advancing priorities such as: high speed internet, renewable energy, homecare for seniors, equitable platforms for gig economy workers, affordable housing, entrepreneurial opportunities for women, new Canadians, and youth, as well as Indigenous-led economic enterprises and the sustainable development of community infrastructure. The co‑operative business model has proven itself for over 100 years as a catalyst for economic diversification, sustainability, and growth for rural and Indigenous communities. We see this level of commitment by the government as a very positive development.”
In 2017, the House of Commons voted unanimously to support Motion M‑100 to establish a framework to recognize co‑operative enterprises in Canada. That support was largely driven by the awareness of rural MPs on how co‑operative enterprises are exceptionally effective in delivering jobs and economic growth in their communities.
“The Prime Minister’s indication that Minister Bernadette Jordan will be tasked with establishing a rural development strategy is very exciting and something CMC looks forward to playing an important role in achieving,” added CMC Board Chair Doug Potentier. “We know how successful and sustainable the co-op model is in rural Canada and we believe this new ministerial portfolio adds to the conditions needed for strategic co-operative development that can encourage the launch and growth of businesses that are owned by and return profits to the communities they serve.”
As a natural partner to achieve the priorities of Canada, CMC looks forward to engaging with the minister on this important role and contributing to the economic and social well-being of rural and remote communities across Canada.
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