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Maintaining Cooperatives


Depending on the kind of Cooperative, to maintain it successfully, you shall establish parameters and criteria for your success and failures, so you can parameter your Cooperative on your scale. The Cooperative is not related 100% as a business to make profit but it has to be sustainable, because it’s a community based project where benefit to the community will ensure its longevity. The Cooperative management should encourage and involve a large number of potential members willing to conduct business with the Cooperative.

  • Hold regular information meetings
  • Establish an education program for the members and the community
  • Participate in events within the community
  • Secure relationships with other organizations
  • Get into federation and professional associations
  • Become informed within the development of Cooperatives

After the incorporation phase and the business have already started its ongoing process, the Cooperative will build its own management system regarding its size, services, products and clients.

The governance is the efficient and appropriate way that the organization has to work with. The Cooperative establishes a manual of roles and responsibilities for all participants. The first learning and teachers of the governance model are the directors of the board.

Good Governance (PDF) sets up a formal system with the conditions supporting its development based on five keys:

  1. Determinate power, roles, responsibilities and respect of areas of competence. (PDF)
  2. Transparency and communication
  3. Democratic and/or participative management
  4. Leadership of director and members
  5. Education and training.

The Cooperative as a democratic organization works via a board of directors, which needs a manual and tools to work with, so the governance model gives the board the guidelines to act and react at any circumstance.

The Structure of the Cooperative (PDF) will determinate the interaction and the accountability for every component of the organization.

Contact Us:

Cooperative Development Services
Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade
250 - 240 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0J7

Phone: 204-726-7003
Fax: 204-948-1558
Toll-free: 1-866-479-6155
Email: co-ops@gov.mb.ca

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