New Co-operative Development in Canada: Findings from Research Emerging from the Co-operative Development Initiative (2009-2013)

dc.contributor.authorDuguid, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorDerya Tarhan, Mumtaz
dc.contributor.authorVieta, Marcelo
dc.descriptionThis report reviews the experiences, innovations and challenges of new non-financial co-operatives in Canada. The researchers looked at how non-financial co-operatives across Canada sought to meet their communities’ social, cultural, economic and environmental needs, and why the co-operative model was chosen over other business types. The researchers also looked at the challenges faced in starting-up a non-financial co-operative, and why co-ops succeed or fail to overcome these challenges. Finally the researchers looked at innovative practices adopted by these co-ops in order to offer both members and surrounding communities new or better ways of provisioning for their needs. The researchers used a sample of new and emerging co-operatives involved with the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) from 2009-2013. Highlights from the results include: - a predominance of socially focused motivators driving the start-up of new co-op in Canada, including social services, alternative health care, organic food, renewable energy, community economic development (CED) and offering employment for marginalized communities. - New Canadian co-ops are experiencing a common set of challenges, including lack of knowledge by founders of the specifics of the co-op model; lack of resources for start-up and growth; human resources issues (e.g. volunteer burnout, membership engagement); and governance issues. For overcoming these challenges, many co-ops use the expertise of a co-operative developer. - This study found evidence for the strong role of informal learning in the sample co-operatives. The report concludes with a list of major recommendations to support new co-operative development in Canada, including the need to design a comprehensive strategic plan to support new co-ops, accompanied by appropriate legislation, funding sources, and networking opportunities; to build-up the activities of key supportive co-operative organisations; to provide further supports to co-operative developers; and to support the creation of more formal education outlets and co-operative knowledge mobilization initiatives in all provinces.en_US
dc.publisherMeasuring the Co-operative Difference Research Networken_US Co-operativesen_US Purpose Businessesen_USérativesen_USératives socialesen_US à vocation socialeen_US
dc.subject.sespace-geographic-enNational Issueen_US
dc.subject.sespace-geographic-frProblème nationalen_US
dc.subject.sespace-research-enMeasuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (2010-2015)en_US
dc.subject.sespace-research-frRéseau de recherche pour mesurer la différence coopérative (2010-2015)en_US
dc.subject.sespace-sector-enSocial Inclusion & Integrationen_US
dc.subject.sespace-sector-frInclusion sociale et intégrationen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-enBusiness Development & Financing, Organizational Sustainability, Business Successionen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-enCommunity Economic Development / Socio-Economic Developmenten_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-enInnovation (Social & Technological) / Emerging Sectorsen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-enPolicies & Programs / Government Initiativesen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-enSocial & Collective Entrepreneurshipen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-frDéveloppement des affaires et financement, efficacité organisationnelle, succession d’entrepriseen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-frDéveloppement économique communautaire / Développement socio-économiqueen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-frInnovation (sociale et technologique) / Secteurs émergentsen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-frPolitiques et programmes / Initiatives du gouvernementen_US
dc.subject.sespace-theme-frEntrepreneuriat social et collectifen_US
dc.titleNew Co-operative Development in Canada: Findings from Research Emerging from the Co-operative Development Initiative (2009-2013)en_US
dc.typeReport / Working Paper / Briefing Noten_US
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