Facts and figures
At least 12% of people on earth is a co-operator of any of the 3 million co-operatives on earth. Co-operatives provide jobs or work opportunities to 10% of the employed population, and the three hundred largest cooperatives or mutuals generate 2,034.98 billion USD in turnover while providing the services and infrastructure society needs to thrive (World Cooperative Monitor). For more international statistics, click on this link.
What We Heard:
The private member’s motion (M-100: Role of Co-operatives) tabled by Liberal M.P. Alexandra Mendès (Brossard–St-Lambert) received unanimous support in the House of Commons on April 5, 2017. Motion-100 called on the Government of Canada to recognize the important role co-operatives play in the economy and to take concrete steps to ensure that they continue to thrive. The Motion also called on the Government of Canada to develop, in consultation with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous communities, and the co-operatives sector, a federal co-operative strategy to promote and support Canada’s co-operative sector.
Study on Co-operatives and Mutuals in the Age of Uncertainty
In the fall of 2019 David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, conducted a national survey of 5,000 Canadian adults for Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, that explored public attitudes about the economic system, broader public concerns, and what role co operatives could play in alleviating those concerns. The survey also sought to profile co operative members in Canada.
The results will be of value to anyone working in the co-operative and mutual sector, policy makers and elected officials, and interested citizens concerned about the direction of the economic system and the rise of polarization and populism in Canada and around the world.