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Report Card


Ontario Co-operative Association: 2004-2009


Recommendation For… Action(s) Taken Outcomes
Government Action: 1. Establish a joint gov’t/co-op sector agency in Ontario through the creation of a provincial
Co-operatives Secretariat 



  • WP consultation process began
  • Roundtable discussion at Queen’s Park held in Nov.
  • Questionnaire sent to over 4,000 co-op reps to seek input



  • Task Force established
  • White Paper on Co-operative Development created and unveiled on Queen’s Park in Nov. 2005
  • MPP Reception held in Nov. 2005




  • White Paper distributed to all MPPs throughout summer
  • Met with 16 MPPs over 2006 to raise awareness for the White Paper’s recommendations
  • MPP Reception held in Nov. 2006





  • On Co-op hires PT Manager to help move GR strategy forward
  • Executive Summary created and launched on Queen’s Park in May 2007 – all MPPs receive a copy by end of May 2007
  • Another 16 mtgs. held with MPPs
  • Several meetings held with M. of ED &T in April, May and June 2007
  • MPP Reception held in May 2007
  • On Co-op reaches out to over 500      co-op sector reps in effort to attend pre-election all-candidates debates and do the “ask” for the Co-op Secr.



  • On Co-op attends a regional mtg. and sends ’08 pre-budget submission to Min. of Finance in Jan.
  • Executive Proposal created and launched on QP in April 2008 – all MPPs receive a copy by May 2008
  • MPP Reception held in April 2008
  • 7 additional MPP mtgs held to raise awareness for new Proposal
  • On Co-op meets with Chief of Staff to M. of ED & T – Brief created and sent to Ministry in Sept. 2008
  • On Co-op meets with Min. T. McMeekin in Nov.08  to discuss next steps
  • On Co-op sends ’09 pre-budget submission to Min. of Finance in Dec.
  • List of all 1,300+ co-ops divided by electoral ridings finalized and distributed to all 107 MPPs in Dec. 2008


2009…In the Works!

  • Development of Local Co-op Advocates                     with the goal of identifying 1/riding
  • Launch of E-advocacy tool to help sector reach out to MPPs
  • Public launch of the Provincial Analysis of Gov’t Support of Co-ops
  • 11 Mtgs. with MPPs (to Mar. 31 2009) plus 2 staffers            

  • Met with 36 MPPs
  • 11 MPPs and 26 co-op reps attended MPP Reception




  • 8 regional mtgs. held with over 100 participants –
  • 27 submissions received by Task Force
  • 18 MPPs and 95 co-op sector reps attended MPP Reception




  • MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH MPP Ted McMeekin expresses support for a Co-op Secretariat in Oct. – Resolution #33 passes unanimously in legislature Dec. 2006
  • 17 MPPs and 95 co-op sector reps attended MPP Reception



  • On Co-op invited to conduct a presentation to “Business Cluster of ADMs” in Nov. 2007
  • 36 MPPs and 95 co-op sector reps attended MPP Reception
    11 all-candidates mtgs attended across province in Sept. and Oct. 2007









  • 35 MPPs and 124 co-op sector reps attended MPP Reception
  • None – cabinet shuffle – new Min. of ED & T
  • McMeekin agrees to take on arranging a mtg. with new Minister of ED & T. Awaiting Ministry’s consideration.



Co-op Sector Action: 1. Support sector, regional and provincial associations    2004-2009

  • Active member
  • Sit on CCA task force

CWCF developers, CCA / On Co-op,
On Co-op/SE Hub, On Co-op/CEDNet 

2. Support and reinforce new and emerging co-operative sectors
  • TA Grants #06 – Grants On Coop


3. Foster a comprehensive
co-operative public education program
  • Co-ops 101
  • Fee for Service Program
  • Launch with CUSource in 2010
4. Foster greater
co-operative business training
  • Ongoing
Joint Government & Co-op Sector Action: 1. Review and overhaul the Ontario
Co-operative Corporations Act

  • Regs Working Group has held X mtgs. with FSCO to make regulations more responsive to the sector


2. Investigate “50-percent rule”
  • Attempted to get CDI Funding twice
  • GROWMARK moving forward 
3. Investigate opportunities to enhance
co-operatives’ ability to attract investmenta)       Assist co-ops to raise capital:

  • Co-op venture capital fund
  • Co-operative equity fund
  • Co-operative capital fund
  • Community power innovation fund 


  • Talked to Investco
  • Sit on two funds:
    • Co-op Stabilization
    • Community Power Fund
    • MAS Centre
    • Facilitated Discussions – Congress Winnipeg




b)       Investigate measures to enhance tax treatment of co-ops to attract investment:

  • Simplify RRSP rules for co-ops
  • Continue harmonizing provincial tax laws with federal legislation
  • Introduce a
    co-operative development tax credit
  • Design a minimum 50% tax incentive structure
  • Level the playing field on capital gains



  • Awaiting report from BDO Dunwoody 







  • Poor – not done







  • CCA Report – No Action
c)       Strengthen opportunities to raise capital:

  • Changes to offering statements
  • Regs Working Group has held X mtgs. with FSCO to make regulations around offering statements more responsive to sector’s needs
4. Facilitate research around co-operative development in Ontario Research

  • Project Lead – SE Center
  • SE Census



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