Celebrating 75 years of CQCM - Quebec's co-operative and mutualist networks to create 20,000 new jobs by 2020

MONTREAL, March 12, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec's co-operative and mutualist networks want an active part and responsibility in carrying out, in a spirit of solidarity and co-operation, projects with structural impact throughout Quebec. To this end, the networks have submitted a first integrated strategic plan to create and maintain 20,000 jobs by 2020, today announced the chair of the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité (CQCM), Ms. Monique F. Leroux, during the CQCM's yearly meeting.

"Our Strategic Plan for Quebec's Co-operative and Mutualist Networks: Looking to 2020 was drafted to support the economic and social momentum of members, communities and all of Quebec by creating and maintaining 20,000 jobs by 2020, 5,000 of which will be in Montreal. It suggests the co-operative and mutualist model as a way to meet Quebec's socio-economic needs, particularly regarding land occupancy," said Ms. Leroux.

It was with great pride that this strategic plan was presented in the presence of the Minister of Economy, Innovation and Exports, Mr. Jacques Daoust, the president of the International Co-operative Alliance, Dame Pauline Green, the director general of CQCM, Mr. Gaston Bédard, and the members of CQCM's Board of Directors.

The strategic plan provides co-operative and mutualist networks a common vision of growth, sound financial management, innovation and performance. These development goals rely on four strategic orientations: 1) the contribution of large co-operatives and the strengthening of small- and medium-sized co-operatives, 2) developing promising partnerships, 3) pooling expertise, and 4) establishing a large inter-cooperative project to share the networks' strengths.

"Quebec's co-operatives and mutuals are major partners to our government who offer a vision for our province's economic development. We are most pleased by this strategic plan, which is indeed a driving force in entrepreneurship and an effective economic leverage for Quebec," said Minister Daoust.

As a partner of the Looking to 2020 strategic plan, the government of Quebec will soon renew a partnership agreement with the CQCM to support co-operative and mutualist networks in reaching the strategic plan's objectives, particularly that of creating jobs.

This year, CQCM is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Founded in 1940, it is the democratic authority Quebec's co-operative and mutualist networks adopted to ensure the full development of their potential. It serves as an umbrella organization for over 3,300 collective businesses, representing nearly 99,000 employees, registering 34 billion dollars in sales and managing 246 billion dollars in assets. These collective businesses represent nearly 8.8 million members, with many Quebecers belonging to more than one co-operative.

To receive a copy of the Strategic Plan for Quebec's Co-operative and Mutualist Networks: Looking to 2020, please visit the CQCM website at www.coopquebec.coop

 

SOURCE Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité

For further information: Marie-Josée Paquette, Senior Consultant, Government Relations and Communications, Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité, 418-933-9739; Melissa Turgeon, Press Agent, Office of the Minister of Economy, Innovation and Exports, 514-499-2552

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