Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian 
co-operatives and mutuals



How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected Canadian co-operatives and mutuals? How have they adapted or responded to the COVID-10 pandemic? Is the co-operative difference apparent in this time of crisis? This study aims to explore these questions, as we believe it will be benefit the Canadian co-operative and mutual sector, the associations that support them across the country, and for policy makers.

Literature review

To understand how the co-operative sector has weathered and responded to past crises, as well as identify their main resilience factors.

Interviews and survey

To identify the measures taken by Canadian financial and non-financial co-operatives, mutuals and associations and federations that support them in order to deal with the pandemic of COVID-19 and its effects.

Media review

To learn how the Canadian co-operative sector has responded to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (March 1, 2020 to May 1, 2021).

Economic study

To determine, using statistical analysis, the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian co-operative sector, in comparison with the Canadian economic performance in general.

The participation of all co-operative actors will be instrumental in creating a true and relevant portrayal of the situation. 

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For more information


Claude-André Guillotte, IRECUS, University of Sherbrooke:

Sonja Novkovic, ICCM, Saint Mary's University: