Growth, Enterprise and Trade
Cooperative Development Services
Cooperative Development Services (CDS) is a branch of Growth, Enterprise & Trade 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 Cooperatives 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.
Coopérative, adj.A cooperative (also called "co-op") is a business organization owned by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit. A cooperative is defined by the International Cooperative Alliance's Statement on the Cooperative Identity as "an autonomous association of persons united volluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through jointly owned and democractically controlled enterprise". A cooperative may also be defined as a business owned and controlled equally by the people who use its services or by the people who work there.
In recognition of 2012 being the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, the Government of Manitoba is actively supporting co-ops across the province in a variety of ways. Check out the following links to PDF documents for more information:
- Learn more about Manitoba Cooperatives (PDF)
- Cooperatives in Manitoba: Building stronger businesses, building stronger communities! (PDF)
- Find out more about some key co-op initiatives in Manitoba (PDF)
- The Cooperative Development Curriculum (HTML)
Cooperative Development Services
Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade
250 - 240 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0J7