Co-operative Development Program (CDP)

As a third-tier co-operative, we recognize the valuable contributions that co-operatives have made to our own growth and development. With that in mind, The Co-operators administers a program of grants dedicated to emerging and expanding co-operatives.

The purpose of the program is to encourage the viability and growth of existing co-operatives that respond to the collective needs of Canadians, while paying special attention to social needs and development.

2016 Recipients

Since 1992, The Co-operators has provided over $2.2 million in grants and investments to developing co-operatives. In 2016, $125,600 was granted to 10 emerging or expanding co-operatives across Canada. The 2016 application round is now closed. 

BC Eco Seed Coop, BC
Calgary Aging in Place Co-operative, AB
Coast Car Co-op, BC
Coopérative de solidarité l’Autre-Toit, QC
Coopérative de solidarité Temps libre, QC
Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-operative, BC
Elevations Co-operative, ON
Peg City Car Co-operative, MB
The Karma Project Community Food Co-operative, ON
Western Manitoba Seniors Non-profit Housing Co-op, MB

Applying for funding

Applications will be handed out starting October 2, 2017, and will be accepted from January 1 to March 1, 2018. Note that if the March 1 deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, applications must be received by the previous Friday, before 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time).

To request a copy of the CDP application form please contact:

Each year, The Co-operators makes grants available to co-operatives. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must be legally incorporated as a co-operative at the time of their application and include their articles of incorporation with their application.

Grants are made to cover costs associated with co-operative business development, including feasibility and market research, business planning, marketing and promotion, member engagement, and legal and financial supports. We do NOT provide financial assistance for:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Ongoing operational expenses
  • Insurance
  • Scholarships
  • University or College courses and programs
  • Conferences
  • Travel
  • Fund-raising initiatives
  • Deficit Reduction
  • Retroactive expenses

The maximum grant is $20,000.