Cooperative of Shared Enterprise

Helping enterprising immigrant women discover, join and benefit from Quebec’s cooperative practices system


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About the project Edit

The Montreal Laval CDR (Cooperative of Regional Development) and its partners address immigrant women who have entrepreneurial projects by providing the first shared cooperative enterprise created especially for them. An economic, legal and social framework is offered to support members in building a business plan that will launch their company once they are ready to generate revenues from their company.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The CEP (Coopérative d’Entreprise Partagée or Cooperative of Shared Enterprise) is the first pilot project that challenges the cultural shift in business across the cooperative model in Quebec. Members respond strictly to two criteria in addition to being an entrepreneur: they must be a women and an immigrant. Discovering this economic model is common for people originally from developing countries.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The CEP participates in the economic and social integration of immigrant women. Through immigrant women members, the impact almost systematically benefits the entire new family established in Quebec.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This initiative has many major partners such as the Ministère du Développement Économique, Innovation et Exportation or the Conseil Québécois de la Coopération et de la Mutualité. First and foremost, this initiative responds to a real need to help new arrivals adapt and support them in the Quebec workplace.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The February 2011 “Co-op and cultural communities: Employment mode” event

What is the business model of this project? Edit

According to article 3 of the Cooperatives Act, “A cooperative is a moral person, grouping of individuals or corporations that share common economic or social needs and which go into partnership to run a business according to the rules of cooperative action.”

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