Alignment of the Liberal platform with co-operative applications

Canada’s co-operatives and mutuals look forward to working with the new Liberal government on many shared economic and social objectives. The co-operative and mutual business model is applicable in so many contexts that it is important to think about the priorities of the new government and how that aligns with what is happening in the co-operative and mutualist movement.


Liberal Platform

Co-operative Applications

We will give more money to families to help cover the costs involved in the education of their children.

Co-operative day-care centres may also lower costs for parents.

We will give the Canadian middle class a tax cut by making the tax system fairer.

We believe that rules governing access to RRSP investment should be more equitable for co-operators.

We will invest to create more jobs and better opportunities for young Canadians.


Youth service co-operatives and school co-operatives are co-operatives created, managed, and operated by and for young people. They create thousands of jobs.

We will offer Canadians a more secure retirement.

Co-operative housing for seniors also enables seniors to make ends meet more easily.

We will make it easier for Canadians to find an affordable place to call home.

Housing co-operatives are a proven model to provide affordable housing. Canada enjoys a housing co-operative network that is the envy of many countries.

We will make Post Secondary Education more affordable.

Co-operative student residences allow students to reduce the cost of living while studying.

We will make home care more accessible, prescription drugs more affordable and mental health care more accessible.

Home care co-operatives and health care co-operatives deliver services in a responsive manner while being more affordable. The co-operative model could also be adapted to the pharmaceutical sector.

We will lift many Canadians out of poverty - including children and seniors.

The Canada is full of social co-operatives with the goal of supporting the disadvantaged.

We will invest in public transit to reduce transportation time, reduce air pollution, strengthen communities and stimulate our economy.

Transit can be organized autonomously using the co-operative model as is currently the case in some parts of the Canada. This allows citizens to invest in these services and to shape them according to their local needs.

We will investment in innovation to stimulate the economy and create good jobs for the middle class.

Co-operatives are creating jobs faster than the rest of the economy and co-operatives have a survival rate two times higher than private companies. We must restore support to Canadians wish to use the co-operative model to create enterprises, new jobs and to innovate.

We will help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer, and stronger.

Agricultural co-operatives have been the foundation of Canadian agriculture for more than a century. The future of the agricultural will always include the co-operative model in some way.

We will invest in Canada’s north to help Canadians deal with the high cost of living and promote economic growth in Northern communities.

Co-operatives are, collectively, the largest non-public employers in Northern Canada. Co-ops can be used to solve the current issues of concern in the North.

We will accelerate and expand open data initiatives, and will make government data available digitally

The cooperative and mutualist movement in Canadian is actively pursuing an agreement for sharing data about co-operatives and mutual companies with the federal Government.

We will educate young people, eligible to vote for the first time and will encourage a greater number of Canadians to exercise their right.

Co-operatives and mutual organizations represent "the other democracy", economic democracy. Awareness of democratic is not only about political democracy, but also other forms of democratic values and principles.

We will ensure that it is easier - and more profitable - for Canadian companies to invest in creating green jobs.

Co-operatives are already very active in the renewable energy sector. Economic sustainability can be accompanied by economic and social sustainability through the co-operative model.

We are increasing investments in First Nations communities and work to build new financial relationships with them.

The development of co-operatives in First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities is a priority of the co-operative and mutualist movement Canadian.

We will invest in our cultural and creative industries and to create jobs, grow the middle class and strengthen our rich Canadian identity.

Co-operatives are crucial to the cultural sector. They allow artists to develop collective solutions to extend their reach and strengthen their activities.

We will focus development aid on the poorest and most vulnerable countries.

Co-operatives and mutuals are very involved in international development. We support the creation and expansion of co-operatives in developing countries to create solutions managed by and for these populations.