Innovation in the Co-operative Sector


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High Speed Broadband Internet Service

High speed connection to the Internet is vital to social development and economic progress. It’s no longer a nice to have, it’s a “need to have”.

In a country like Canada, urban areas are often very well provided for in terms of high speed Internet connections, but rural and remote communities often face a unique challenge. Many traditional providers have trouble justifying the investment in delivering a great broadband service to rural areas, based on the revenue and profit they can forecast.

A co-op approach can help bridge this gap, creating an economically viable path to ensure that individuals and businesses everywhere can get the connectivity they need. From farmers to tourism operators, students and teachers, high quality Internet service unlocks potential and builds social cohesion.

The Lawrencetown Village Commission set up a co-operative in rural Nova Scotia enabling its residents to install, operate and benefit from broadband services they didn’t previously have access to. The community-led initiative will ensure self-sustained Internet services owned by the subscribers.

Agri-food & Trade Opportunities

The challenge of feeding the world is growing and Canada has unique potential to help.

Since even before Canada became a country, our people were developing skills at harnessing resources and trading with the world – and today we are one of the world’s biggest exporters of food products. Co-operative enterprises have been at the forefront of Canada’s success, creating solutions for farmers and rural communities that rival some of the largest enterprises in the world. From grain to dairy to poultry and beef, local and national Canadian co-ops are ready to embrace the opportunities presented by new trade agreements with more markets – including the chance to supply more Canadian food to consumers in China.

A co-operative partnership between IFFCO Canada, La Co-op fédérée, Investissement Québec and Pacific Gateway Energy is working to set up Quebec’s first fertilizer production plant. The operation will be model for industry stakeholders and stimulate the province’s economy by promoting local suppliers and businesses over the current reliance on imported fertilizers – meaning more local jobs, efficient farming, and exporting more Canadian agri-products.