The provincial government has proclaimed this week as Co-operatives Week to recognize the importance of co-operative businesses for Saskatchewan’s economy and communities.
Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison noted the employment and investment opportunities that co-operatives create help drive economic development.
“Co-operative businesses create 15,000 jobs in Saskatchewan and provide critical products and services across the province.”
There are about 800 co-operatives operating in Saskatchewan in 24 different economic and social sectors spanning manufacturing, financial services, retail, child as well as health care. The profits from these businesses remain largely in the province, according to the government.
Since 1982, Co-operatives Week observances have been held across Canada.