This guide, developed by the Government of Canada’s Co-operatives Secretariat, includes information describing what co-operatives are, the various kinds of co-operatives, differences between co-ops and other types of businesses, co-operative principles and values, and how a co-op works. It goes on to answer frequently asked questions about co-ops, the place of co-ops in Canada’s economy, and explains the Canada Cooperatives Act. Finally, it provides information for people planning to start a co-op, including the seven steps in forming a co-op and how to develop a business plan for a new co-op.
Creating a Co-operative: An Information Guide
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Government of Canada Co-operatives Secretariat
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