The Co-operative Difference in CanadaResearch results from a community-university research alliance
This is the Co-operative Difference
In 2010, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) awarded $1 million towards a suite of research projects about Canada’s co-operative sector.
Led by the Canadian Co-operative Association in partnership with four Canadian universities, the research network was funded to conduct research on the social, economic and environmental impacts of co-operatives on Canadians and their communities. The project was live from 2010 until 2015.
The results are in.
With 20+ research projects complete and dozens of webinars available, we have an impressive showcase of the ways in which co-operatives enrich the lives of Canadians.
Here’s a sampling of research findings:
Compared to for-profit developments, housing co-operatives promote increased social interactions and allow residents more meaningful involvement in the management of their living space.
Being involved helps residents build financial skills, self-confidence and social capital.
Compared to private-sector developments, community-owned renewable energy projects tend to bring more direct benefits to communities, such as provision of long-term jobs and development of local skills and knowledge.
Community-owned projects also tend to meet with less local resistance.
In our Economic Impact Study, co-operatives created jobs at nearly 5 times the rate of the overall economy.
Co-operatives generated nearly $33 billion in household income for Canadians in the study year.
You can find more about these projects and many others by browsing our Research by Sector and Impacts of Co-operatives menus above.
You can find out more about the tools and their applications here.