Who We Are
The Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (CCSC) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre located on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Established in 1984, the CCSC is supported financially by major co-operatives and credit unions from across Canada and the University of Saskatchewan. Our goal is to provide practitioners and policymakers with information and conceptual tools to understand co-operatives and to develop them as solutions to the complex challenges facing communities worldwide.
We are formally affiliated with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. The connection strengthens the capacity of everyone involved to develop research and new course offerings dedicated to solving social and economic problems. Our most recent collaborative work has resulted in a new Graduate Certificate in the Social Economy and Co-operatives.
A future where institutions that are guided by the co-operative values of voluntarism, mutualism, egalitarianism, equity, solidarity, and transparency contribute to a democratic, participatory, responsive, creative, diverse, productive, and sustainable society.
As an interdisciplinary research centre, the CCSC provides the co-operative sector, policymakers, and researchers with data, conceptual tools, and practical analysis to understand co-operative organizations and initiatives, and to develop them as solutions to our social and economic needs.