Co-operative Innovation Project

CIP project team during a visit to Lac La Ronge

The Co-operative Innovation Project (CIP) was a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan and Federated Co-operatives Limited. It explored co-operative development in rural and Aboriginal communities in western Canada. The project website is here.

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:

You can find general project information here and a one-page fact sheet here.

See the funding announcement from the press conference here.

This project concluded in February 2016. Find the final report here.