The 9th Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins issue begins April 15, 2009

    MONTREAL, April 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The ninth capitalization period of
Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins totalling $150 million begins April
15, 2009 across the Desjardins caisse network. Purchasing the shares qualifies
shareholders for the substantial 50% provincial tax credit on a maximum
eligible amount of $5,000 annually. Shareholders who obtained the tax credit
when they invested seven years ago, for example on December 31, 2001, have
enjoyed an after-tax return of more than 9.2%.
    Since its creation, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins' mission
has been to contribute to Québec's economic development and to drive the
growth of the resource regions. As at December 31, 2008, total commitments
reached $477 million in 213 companies, cooperatives and funds contributing to
the retention of over 30,000 jobs.
    Confidence in Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins has remained high
throughout the years and at the end of fiscal 2008, the Company had 122,128
shareholders. The last issue, which closed on February 28, 2009, raised more
than $141 million and allowed Capital régional to continue its front line role
in the economic development of Québec.

    Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins

    Founded in 2001, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins is a publicly
traded company managed by Desjardins Venture Capital. With over 122,000
shareholders, the Company contributes to Québec's economic development while
driving the growth of cooperatives and the resource regions. Capital régional
et coopératif Desjardins currently supports more than 200 companies and
cooperatives in various industries spanning all Québec regions.

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Audet, Vice-President, Strategic
Planning and Communications, Desjardins Venture Capital, (514) 281-7799,

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