Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada regularly shares credible and relevant external research findings that support the growth of the Canadian co-operative economy. Through collaborations and partnerships, we are able to expand the collective knowledge base and improve our understanding of how co-operatives can further contribute to Canada’s future. Research allows us to access key strategic data to support our advocacy efforts and identify best practices, so we can strengthen the co-operatives’ presence and impact in the community and in the Canadian co-operative economy as a whole.

Reports and Studies

Consultations on Motion M-100

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) supports the release of the government’s report on the Motion M-100 consultations, which recognizes that Canada has a strong and innovative co-operative business sector.


Study on Co-operatives and Mutuals in the Age of Uncertainty

In 2019, David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, conducted a national survey with 5,000 Canadian adults for Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, to examine public attitudes about the economic system, broader public concerns, and the role co-operatives could play in alleviating those concerns. The survey also sought to profile the membership of co-operatives in Canada.

New Information

Following the M-100 consultations, the Department of Innovation, Science Economic Development Canada and Statistics Canada have modernized their approach for the collection and distribution of data about non-financial co-operatives.

In addition to providing a national picture of the non-financial co-operative business sector on an annual basis, many new economic variables are now available, such as wages and salaries, gross profit losses, and general reserve amounts.

Data for 2016, 2017, and 2018 can be found on the open data portal and the department’s website.

For technical questions concerning this data, please contact Adrian Egbers, Policy Analyst for the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. To access the research data, please contact Mahamat Hamit-Haggar, Unit Head, Senior Economist for Statistics Canada.

Special Committee

Following a motion in 2012, the Special Committee on Co-operatives held hearings that same year. In addition to hearing approximately 60 witnesses, the committee received written submissions from across Canada.

The report was tabled in the House of Commons on September 17, 2012, and the government released its response on January 28, 2013.


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