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Taking co-operative enterprise to the next level

Italy. Wow. The country is beautiful, the people are passionate, and the co-op sector is incredible. With more than 111,000 co-ops, the sector’s impact in communities and the whole country is enormous. At the epicenter of the movement, the region of Emilia-Romagna has 8,000 co-ops, which represent 40 per cent of the region’s GDP. This

Cutting co-op support destabilizes rural economies

The termination of the Co-operative Development Initiative and the drastic cuts to the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat announced in the federal budget will have a significant impact on the development of new co-operative businesses, jobs, and services for communities throughout Canada. In the year that the United Nations has declared the “International Year of Co-operatives,”