Impact of Co-ops and Credit Unions

“Measuring the Social, Environmental, and Economic Impact of Co-operatives in Canada” was a national project spearheaded by Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC). The Centre was involved in two projects under this umbrella. Lou Hammond Ketilson and Centre Scholar Jessica Gordon Nembhard partnered with Advantage and Affinity credit unions to study “The Impacts of Credit Unions on Communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba: Measuring Member and Community Benefits and Asset Building from Credit Union Ownership.” The results of their work can be found in chapters 11, 12, and 13 of Co-operatives for Sustainable Communities: Tools to Measure Co-operative Impact and Performance. The chapters are here.

The other project examined “The Impact of Co-operative Housing on Household Income, Skills, and Social Capital,” by former Centre postdoc Catherine Leviten-Reid and Karla Skoutajan of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.

"Measuring the Impact" was a five-year, $1 million, SSHRC-funded project involving CMC, the Centre, Saint Mary’s University, the University of Victoria, and Mount Saint Vincent University, plus more than a dozen co-operative associations and credit unions.