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.

2018 Recipients

Since 1992, The Co-operators has provided over $2.4 million in grants and investments to developing co-operatives. In 2018, $100,000 was granted to 11 emerging or expanding co-operatives across Canada.

Atelier La Coulée, QC (in french only)
Brandon Seniors for Seniors Co-op, MB
Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, NS
Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative, ON
CoopZone Developers’ Network Co-operative, AB
Foodlands Cooperative of BC, BC
Hullabaloo Publishing Workers Co-operative Ltd., SK
Monashee Community Co-op, BC
Sackville Commons Co-op Ltd., NB
Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative, SK
SPIRA, QC

Applying for funding

Applications will be handed out starting October 1, 2018, and will be accepted from January 1 to March 1, 2019. 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: the_cooperators_foundation@cooperators.ca

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.