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Government of Canada Information Guide on Co-operatives

The Federal government maintains an information guide on co-operatives and key legislative provisions from each provincial Act. This guide provides an in depth overview of the co-operative business model, the co-operative principles, key procedural features of the model, some steps to develop a co-op, and some frequently asked questions. The guide also provides a summary of legislation pertaining to:

  • Definition of co-operative basis;
  • Incorporation requirements;
  • Membership terms and conditions;
  • Capital structure;
  • Composition of the board of directors; and
  • Special provisions for specific co-operative sectors.

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