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Co-operative Development

In 2005 the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development and the Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives (NLFC opens new window) announced a partnership to advance co-operative development in the province. A joint five year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was initiated in 2007, which focused on enhanced development and promotion of the co-operative model to support business growth in rural communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Building on the progress of the 2007 MOU between the Provincial Government and the NLFC, a renewed MOU was signed by both parties in 2012. Included in the 2012 MOU is the continuation of a regional co-operative developers' network,  comprised of seven departmental staff with extensive experience working within rural communities. They were given co-op development training which helps them to identify co-operative opportunities, initiate regional projects, and promote the co-op model for business. Network members also assist existing co-ops with funding proposals and provide advice about by-laws, co-op legislation, board training, and business planning.

Co-operative Developers' Network

Region Name Phone Email
Avalon Jeff Mercer (709) 729-7138
Eastern Craig Hiscock (709) 466-4177
Central Darryl Perry (709) 256-1499 darrylperry@gov.nl.ca
Western Sheila Earle (709) 637-2634
Labrador (709) 896-2400
Corporate Kevin Pomroy (709) 729-1946 KevinPomroy@gov.nl.ca
Sector Development - Agrifoods Goldie Porter (709) 729-7986 goldieporter@gov.nl.ca

Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Co-operative Development Initiative

Identified as a goal in the MOU, the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development partnered with the Newfoundland -Labrador Federation of Co-operatives to implement a Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) initiative with the co-op sector. The completed report will be used by the NLFC during its AGM on September 27, 2014 to facilitate a discussion about opportunities for co-operatives and their partners.

Co-op BR&E Final Report PDF (1.2 MB)

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