Co-ops & COVID

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

The centre is engaged in a multi-year partnered research project investigating the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian co-operatives and their resilience. This project is commissioned by Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) and will be completed as a triple partnership between the centre, The Research & Education Institute for Cooperatives & Mutuals (IRECUS) of the Université de Sherbrooke, and the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University.


How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected Canadian co-operatives and mutuals? How have they adapted or responded to the COVID-19 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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. 

Participate in the survey 

If your organization is a non-financial or a financial co-op, a mutual, a federation or an association dedicated to cooperation and mutuality, we would like to hear from you to know how your organization responded to the pandemic (for Canadian co-operative sector only). Please take 15 minutes to complete a survey and share your experience. Click here to participate. 

For more information

Sonja Novkovic, ICCM, Saint Mary's University:

Claude-André Guillotte, IRECUS, University of Sherbrooke:



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