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

Conversion to Co-operatives Project
(Co-op Convert)

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.

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 since 2016 can be found on the open data portal and the department’s website.

For technical questions about this data, please contact Deanna HammelSenior Outreach Advisor, Small Business Branch, Small Business and Marketplace Services at 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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