OTTAWA, April 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, co-operative and mutual businesses
across the country gain a stronger advocate. With the launch of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) they can now speak with a single voice. A national, bilingual
association, CMC represents 9,000 co-operatives with a total membership
of 18 million.
This new association brings together the wisdom, historical roots and
experience of two large networks that developed largely in isolation
from one another: the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and le
Conseil canadien de la coopération et mutualité (CCCM).
"The creation of CMC is the result of years of discussions about the
benefits of national solidarity of our two organizations. Imagine the
potential of having all co-op leaders working together in unison to
strengthen the co-operative economy," says Léo Leblanc, president of
Co-ops provide consumers with values-based, community-owned and
controlled enterprises that touch every aspect of life, from finance
and housing to consumer goods and child care.
"Co-operative and mutual businesses exist in every corner of the country
and in every sector of the economy. Their well being is important to
every Canadian," Mr. Leblanc adds.
CMC activities will be targeted at helping co-operatives form, develop
and thrive. Through advocacy with the federal government, CMC will
provide a knowledgeable voice to encourage national policies that
strengthen the co-operative economy. CMC will also support wide-ranging
research in partnership with leading research institutions and
government to inform policy.
As a national voice, CMC will offer its services in both of Canada's
official languages. Mr. Leblanc believes that bringing anglophone and
francophone organizations together at a common table will help break
down communication barriers and allow knowledge and resources to be
shared. "Having all of our deeply skilled co-operative communities
working together not only strengthens the co-operative movement, it
strengthens Canada, too."
Co-operatives support sustainable social, economic and environmental
goals through adherence to the International Co-operative Principles
and Values. There are ambitious plans at the international level to
make co-operatives the fastest growing form of business by 2020 and
today's launch is Canada's first step in doing our part to achieve that
Earlier, Mr. Leblanc announced the appointment of Denyse Guy to serve as
CMC's Executive Director.
The Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) is a national, bilingual
association for co-operatives and mutuals in Canada, representing more
than ten million co-operative and credit union members from over 2,000
organizations. CMC's members come from many sectors of the economy,
including finance, insurance, agri-food and supply, wholesale and
retail, housing, health and the service sector. CMC provides leadership
to support, promote, develop the co-operative economy for the benefit
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SOURCE: Canadian Co-operative Association
For further information:
Brendan Denovan, manager of communications Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada | Coopératives et mutuelles Canada 613.238.6712 x206