OTTAWA, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's co-operative movement has called on the federal government to
implement the recommendations of the Special Committee on
Co-operatives, which tabled its report in the House of Commons on
Canada's two national co-operative associations said they were generally
pleased with the report's recommendations and the committee's
recognition of the important role co-operatives play in the Canadian
In the committee's news release announcing the report, committee chair
Blake Richards (CPC-Wild Rose) said:
"The sheer number and size of Canadian co-operatives make their impact
on the economy indisputable. Co-operatives have proven remarkably
resilient, and they are a key contributor to Canada's economic
The committee heard presentations from more than 60 witnesses during its
hearings in July, as well as written submissions from co-operative
organizations across the country.
"It is clear that the committee was listening carefully to our
presentations, and we would like to thank them for all their hard work
on this report. We are very pleased with the recommendations," said
Denyse Guy, executive director of the Canadian Co-operative Association
(CCA). "We still have concerns about the need to find new ways to help
with the development of new and emerging co-operatives, and look
forward to working with the government on these issues."
"We are very happy that the parliamentarians heard our call for a
renewed dialogue between the government and co-operative enterprises,"
said Brigitte Gagné, executive director of the Conseil canadien de la
coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM). "We hope the committee's
recommendations will be implemented quickly, particularly during these
uncertain economic times."
CCA and CCCM are particularly happy with a recommendation that the
government consider consolidating federal responsibility for
co-operatives under a suitable department, such as Industry Canada.
Responsibility for non-financial co-operatives currently lies with
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the co-operative movement has
argued that Industry would be a better fit.
Other recommendations of the report included that the government explore
the feasibility of allowing Canadians to invest RRSP funds in
co-operatives; that Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation continue to
provide support for housing co-operatives; and that the government
educate its employees and the public about the nature and benefits of
the co-operative business model.
The Special Committee was created in recognition of the 2012
International Year of Co-operatives, which was proclaimed by the United
Nations to recognize the contribution co-operatives make to the social
and economic development of communities around the world.
SOURCE: Canadian Co-operative Association
For further information:
Donna Balkan, Communications Manager
Canadian Co-operative Association
613-238-6711, ext. 206
Visit our website at www.coopscanada.coop
Director of Communications and Programs
Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité
Tél.: 613-789-5492 ext. 24
Visit our website at www.cccm.coop