Manitoba

Housing and Community Development


Year of Cooperatives

In December 2009, the United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives. We will have 366 days to raise awareness and support the co-operative model and celebrate the success of our movement.

Learn more about Manitoba Co-operatives (PDF)

International Year of the Co-operatives Celebrated in Manitoba - News Release


Co-operative Development Services

Co-operative Development Services (CDS) is a branch of Housing and Community Development  that provides support and direction to entrepreneurs who choose the cooperative model. 

Co-ops throughout the province have been recognized for their ability to meet both social and economic goals and contribute to a social economy. Manitoba’s co-ops are sustainable, long-term businesses that focus on:

  • creating meaningful employment
  • promoting social inclusion and social responsibility
  • increasing communities’ sustainable economic capacity
  • developing leadership and a stronger sense of community

The unique social benefits of the co-op model naturally support community economic development (CED) strategies. Community economic development promotes positive, concrete changes in our communities by creating employment, reducing poverty, stabilizing local economies and increasing the control communities have over their own economies. Co-ops are particularly important in northern and remote communities that are focusing on community economic development and allow members/owners to retain and share their profits collectively at the local level.

CDS Co-op developers located in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba provide support and guidance to anyone wanting information and assistance with the following:

Incorporation: Can provide information and advice before you file a request to the Registrar of cooperatives to assist you with the name reservation and Articles of Incorporation.

Counseling services: Can provide basic information and advice to help emerging co-operatives make informed decisions about their projects, as well as provide links to other cooperatives and community economic development organizations as well as referrals to other business specialists specific to your industry. We can also provide you with direction in completing a feasibility study and business plan.

Regulatory: Can help you interpret and comply with the requirements of The Cooperatives Act and regulations and assist in by-law development.

Pathfinding: Can provide technical assistance, information on financing programs and access to other programs and assistance, including training options.

Ongoing Support: Can assist in expansion projects, member recruitment processes, marketing plans and general ongoing networking and referrals.

Cooperative Development Services

New at Co-operative Development Services:


News Releases:

    Dugald sod turning

    Dugald, Manitoba is the little town with a big vision. Today the community turned the sod on a $14.5 Million, 47-unit seniors housing development in with the help of dignitaries (in the foreground) from left to right: Lesley Thomson (in white sweater), Chair of the Springfield Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-op; Jim McCarthy, Reeve of the RM of Springfield; Gisele MacDonald, President of ReSolve Project Management; the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Housing and Community Development; Dave Hergesheimer, CEO of the Oakbank Credit Union; Bruce Friesen, Treasurer of the Dugald United Church. In the background, are members of the Dugald Estates Board and project team.

    Dugald Estates is a 55+ seniors housing co-op with suites ranging from 600 sq ft to 1482 sq ft. The project is being led by a the Springfield Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-op which is entirely volunteer led and whose mission is to provide housing for rural seniors to enable them to stay within their communities and connected to their social networks as they age. Dugald Estates, located within minutes of Oakbank and Winnipeg, is designed for seniors who enjoy rural living close to city amenities. Photographer is Ron Sellen.

  • July 3, 2014 - Construction Underway On 47-suite, $14.5m Seniors Housing Co-op In Dugald (Press release PDF) - Dugald, Manitoba –  A new $14.5M, 47-unit co-op housing development that provides quality and affordable accommodation for rural seniors, officially started construction in the RM of Springfield today with a community sod-turning celebration joined by the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Housing and Community Development, and Jim McCarthy, Reeve of the RM of Springfield.
  • October 16, 2013 - Co-ops Flourish, Serve More Manitobans In Partnership With Province:  Irvin-Ross - Co-op Week Oct. 13 to 19 Celebrates Successes of Growing Sector - A growing number of Manitobans are turning to co-ops to serve their needs in everything from financial services to providing gas, food, hardware, the trades, music, art and even a home, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said today in recognizing Oct. 13 to 19 as Co-op Week.
  • October 18, 2012 - Province announces support for co-operative enterprises chair at Universtity of Winnipeg - Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Government of Manitoba, in partnership with the co-operative sector, is providing funding to create a chair in co-operative enterprises for the development and delivery of a co-operative business program at the University of Winnipeg, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for co-operative development, announced today.

  • NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre to Create Winnipeg's First Community Food Centre to Help Families

    Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux (at the lectern) today announced provincial funding of $100,000 to the NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre to create a commercial kitchen and launch Winnipeg’s first community food centre expected to reach approximately 500 residents each week. L to R. Melanie Wight, MLA for Burrows; Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux; Housing/Community Development/Co-operative Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross; Ivan Sabesky, board chair and president of NorWest Community Health; Kristina McMillan, director, NorWest Community Food Centre.

  • August 21, 2012 - NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre to Create Winnipeg's First Community Food Centre to Help Families - The NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre will now be able to provide even more services to members of the community and create Winnipeg’s first community food centre thanks to the new Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program, Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.
  • October 18, 2012 - Province announces support for co-operative enterprises chair at Universtity of Winnipeg - Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Government of Manitoba, in partnership with the co-operative sector, is providing funding to create a chair in co-operative enterprises for the development and delivery of a co-operative business program at the University of Winnipeg, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for co-operative development, announced today.

  • June 19, 2012 - Cooperation leads to composting: Launch of a residential composting initiative in St. Pierre-Jolys and the RM of De Salaberry (PDF) - Winnipeg, Manitoba – For the first time in rural Manitoba, an organic waste collection service will be offered to local residents. This joint initiative between the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys and the Rural Municipality of De Salaberry, in partnership with CDEM and Compo-Stages Manitoba Services Co-op, promises to reduce the amount of waste transported to landfill sites, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Transitional Housing Announcement

    Left to right: Ted Marcelino, MLA for Tyndell Park; Reverend Scott MacAulay, Board of Directors for Westlands Non-Profit Housing Inc; Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament, Winnipeg South Centre, Kerry Irvin-Ross, Manitoba Minister of Housing and Community Development; Alice Steinke, Board Member, Westlands Non-Profit Housing Inc.; Flora Marcelino, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism; Mohinder Saran, MLA for the Maples.

  • June 1, 2012 - Governments of Canada and Manitoba Celebrate New Affordable Housing for Seniors in Winnipeg - Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Governments of Canada and Manitoba today announced $7.77 million in joint funding for a new affordable housing co-operative in the Brooklands area of Winnipeg. The 36 units will enhance housing quality and accessibility for seniors in Winnipeg. Celebrations took place at a groundbreaking ceremony. Read the fact sheet about The Westlands Non-Profit Housing Cooperative Inc.'s affordable housing for seniors. (PDF)

  • January 12, 2012 - Winnipeg, Manitoba
    International Year of the Co-operatives Celebrated in Manitoba
    The United Nations International Year of Co-operatives was launched in Manitoba today at the Legislative Building by Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for co-operative development, and Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh who celebrated the importance of more than 400 co-operatives to the province's economy.

  • April 14, 2011 - Winnipeg, Manitoba
    New Legislation Would Make Co-ops Easier to Launch, More Flexible: Mackintosh, Irvin-Ross
    Manitoba is proposing amendments to The Co-operatives Act that would make it easier to start innovative co-ops that make a difference for families and communities, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh and Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

  • October 1, 2010 - Winnipeg, Manitoba
    First-of-its-kind Tax Credit to Spur Co-op Development: Irvin-Ross
    A first-of-its-kind tax credit and the creation of a new development fund will enable established and successful co-ops and credit unions to help new and expanding co-ops, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, Minister esponsible for Co-operative Development, announced today.

Contact Co-operative Development Services:

Co-operative Development Services
Manitoba Housing and Community Development
400 - 352 Donald Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2H8

Phone: 204-945-3379
Fax: 204-948-1065
Toll-free: 1-866-479-6155
Email: co-ops@gov.mb.ca



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