Co-operative Innovation Project
Co-operatives contribute to a community’s quality of life, empowering citizens to pursue economic and community development in areas that a community identifies as important, such as housing, social services, retail, energy, recreation, and the sustainable management of natural resources and traditional economies.
One of the critical components of the research is a “snapshot” of rural and Aboriginal western Canada in 2015. It asks: What are the community needs? And, are those needs being met by conventional solutions, or would a co-operative solution be a good fit?
The CIP explored the following questions: What are the social and economic characteristics of a community conducive to co-operative development? Which communities in western Canada have these characteristics? Such questions will guide and focus future co-operative development opportunities.The following partner organizations formed the strategic project management team:
- Federated Co-operatives Limited
- Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
- Plunkett Foundation
- International Centre for Northern Governance and Development
- Edwards School of Business
- Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
This project concluded in February 2016. Find the final report here.