THE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATIVE OF MONTREAL-LAVAL AND THE COOPERATIVE MOVEMENT TARGET MONTREAL'S CULTURAL COMMUNITIES AND LAUNCH NEW INITIATIVES DESIGNED FOR THEM

MONTREAL, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval, the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité together with the Montreal Round Table on Cooperative Development have presented today new initiatives in group entrepreneurship to an audience filled with representatives from the City's various ethnic groups and the cooperative sector.

The event, titled "Coop & cultural communities: a guide" first introduced a trial project focussing on recently emigrated women. Named "Shared Cooperative Enterprise ", this project enables women to build their income in their own respective fields of practise, without dispersing their energies on management and legal procedures as these services are provided by the Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval and its partners.

In addition, videos featuring two coops created by Latino and African members were shown. The first coop, named the San Francisco de Asis Cooperative, is a solidarity cooperative offering imported Latin American products. The second, the African Women Farmers of Quebec, is a work cooperative that successfully grows African produce here in Laval. Both ventures are good examples serving to demonstrate that the cooperative model is an eloquent social and economic development tool, well adapted to the needs of ethnic communities and contributing positively to integrate immigrants in the workplace.

"The Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval, which was created 25 years ago by people involved in the Centre de gestion des coopératives of l'École des hautes études commerciales, has always been recognized as an incubator for the progress of the cooperative movement" said CDR of Montreal-Laval president Mr. Claude Demers. "At a time when Montreal's population includes more than a third born from various cultural communities, we believe that we must create new models to attract these communities that really represent our City's future. Innovation is part of our coop's DNA and with these programs geared towards cultural communities, we are entering a new era in the cooperative movement in Quebec."

"The cooperative movement has good news today" declared Mrs. Hélène Simard, president of the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité. "It has decided to offer new resources to Montrealers, especially those composing Montreal's ethnic communities, so that the cooperative movement can address their specific needs and thus grow more constituents in the region."

The Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval, counting more than 150 cooperatives and partners in the Montreal and Laval regions, was established in 1986 with the intent of supporting the development and the creation of cooperative endeavours on its territory as well as promoting the spirit of the cooperative movement and intercooperation between coops and partners. The CDR of Montreal-Laval has recently partnered with eight national Federations of cooperatives, three large mutual organizations and the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité in order to better serve Montreal's cultural communities via cooperation and mutuality.


SOURCE Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval

For further information:

Francyne Morin
Communications officer
Coopérative de développement régional Montréal-Laval
Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval
Tel.: (514) 340-6056; (514) 448-7669
fmorin@cdr.coop

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