Delegates from Canada’s two national cooperative associations have voted strongly in favour of creating a single bilingual organization to represent cooperatives, credit unions and mutual insurance companies in every region of Canada . The decision is considered historic because it brings together English and French speaking cooperators, who have been largely divided along linguistic lines since the birth of the Canadian cooperative movement in the 19th century.
When the new organization, tentatively named Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, is launched in early 2014, it will take over the domestic mandates of both the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM). CCA will continue to exist, but it will be only be responsible for international cooperative development activities. “This is not a merger, it is the creation of an entirely new organization to represent all cooperative enterprises across Canada,” said Bill Dobson, the newly-elected president of CCA. “This will significantly strengthen the Canadian cooperative movement; it will allow cooperatives, credit unions and mutuals to speak with one voice, in both of Canada’s official languages.” “I am so proud to see all Canadian cooperators unite to finally create a single organization,” said Denis Richard, the newly-elected president of CCCM. “From now on, all cooperators – Anglophone, Francophone and from other cultures – will work together to build on our collective heritage and create a stronger cooperative movement in Canada for the future.”
The founding Board is made up of 14 directors, one of whom is Canadian Worker Cooperatives Federation (CWCF)’s Executive Director, Hazel Corcoran.
Photo: CWCF’s Hazel Corcoran and CoopZone’s Lynn Hannley vote for unity at the CCA AGM.
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