Unfortunately, the federal government cancelled the CDI program in 2012.
The CDI program was aimed at the creation of new co-operatives, support for existing co-operatives and the promotion of innovative ways to apply the co-operative model to meet social and economic challenges. The program has provided important new support for co-operative development across Canada. Both start-ups and existing co-ops were eligible to apply for support.
The overall CDI had two main components:
Advisory Services provided assistance to groups who want to start new co-ops, or who need help to manage existing ones. This component is managed jointly by the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération. The CWCF was one of the delivery partners, as were the regional organizations associated with CCA and CCC. Having been involved in the lobby to obtain this program over several years, CWCF was pleased to be one of the delivery partners, able to provide services to worker co-ops in development under this program. This program ended on December 31, 2012.
The Innovative Co-operative Projects was the second CDI component. This program ended in March, 2012. It was managed by the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération. The program was aimed at the creation of new co-operatives or existing co-operatives that were innovating with new ways to apply the co-operative model to meet social and economic challenges.