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.
CMC is actively involved in the following research projects:
- Co-op Convert
- Measuring the Co-operative Difference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with the Centre for Excellence in Accounting and Reporting of Co-operatives (CEARC) of Saint Mary’s University
- COVID Impacts with Saint Mary’s University, IRECUS and Cape Breton University
- Measuring the Co-op Difference
- Co-operative Performance Indicators
- Public Policy Forums – Case Studies
- The Social Economy (SE) Space at Mount Saint Vincent University
SE Space includes the archives for the five-year Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network project (2010-2015)
In Collaboration with the Government of Canada
- Data Research and Reports on Canadian Co-operatives
- Co-operative Metadata
Reports and Studies
Conversion to Co-operatives Project
This research project aims to better understand the business transition option of converting to a co-operative. This type of business succession preserves jobs, addresses a growing business succession need in Canada, and helps keep communities vibrant and growing.
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.
Study on the economic impact of the co-operative sector in Canada
During Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC)’s National Congress 2019, Scott Banda, Chief Executive Officer of Federated Co-operatives Limited and Nadine Groulx, President, Cantons-de-l’Est Regional Council of the Desjardins Group, released a study: Economic Impact of the Co-operative Sector in Canada. Led by Dr. Fiona Duguid in partnership with George Karaphillis, the study confirms that co-operatives are an economic driver that contributes to the development of the Canadian economy.
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