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Innovation, Science and Industry Canada and Statistics Canada have modernized the collection and dissemination of data on non-financial co-operatives. This new approach is the result of Motion-100 consultations, which called on the Government of Canada to modernize and standardize Co-operative Sector data, with a focus on making the data timelier.
 
The new data approach gives us the national picture of the non-financial Co-operative Business Sector on an annual basis, which is not tied to the response rate of bi-annual Survey of Canadian Co-operatives. Many new economic variables are now available, such as wages and salaries, gross-profit losses and general reserve amounts, among others. The data collected will also be standardized, allowing for linkages to other data sets housed at Statistics Canada to perform more social and economic research on the
Co-operative Sector.
 
You can find the data sets (2016, 2017, 2018) on the Government of Canada’s Open Data portal and ISED’s co-operative research webpage. Statistics Canada has published the data along with a summary in its publication, The Daily, produced two sets of CANSIM tables with select variables for data analysis, and created an infographic that summarizes the key findings.
 
Innovation, Science and Industry Canada has also released the recent data publication, SME Profile: Financing and Growth of Co-operatives in Canada, 2017, which summarizes the key findings of co-operative data from the 2017 Survey on Financing and Growth of SMEs.

We would like to thank the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honourable Mary Ng Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Étienne-René Massie Director General, Small Business Branch for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Statistics Canada and their teams for the leadership they played in making sure these statistics became available.

If you have any technical questions about the data, do not hesitate to reach out to Adrian Egbers, Policy Analyst - Innovation, Science and Industry Canada. If you are interested in accessing the microdata for research purposes, please contact Mahamat Hamit-Haggar, Unit Head, Senior Economist - Statistics Canada.