New national association set to launch on April

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), Canada’s new national association representing co-operative and mutual enterprises, will officially launch its operations on April 1, 2014.

canada-flagThe new bilingual organization, which will assume the Canadian activities of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM), is the result of years of discussion about how to bring together Canada’s English and French-speaking co-operators.

Like its predecessor organizations, CMC will be involved in such program areas as government relations, member engagement activities, research and education, co-operative development and communications. The CMC board and staff are working on the development of CMC’s strategic plan together with its mission, vision and values. Regional consultation sessions will be held in March and April to give members input into this process.

CCA will continue to exist to carry out international co-operative development programming. The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) will continue to work with CCA to deliver international development programs. CCCM ended its program activities at the end of 2013 and is continuing to operate until April for financial management purposes only.

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