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We’re Hiring!

We're hiring to fill two roles! See the details for each posting at the links below:

  • Evaluator (Deadline: December 13, applications reviewed on a rolling basis)

Announcing Breaking New Ground

This Co-op Week, we are excited to bring you news of our plan to take CDF Canada's co-operative programs to even more families around the world. It's called Breaking New Ground, and it gives all of us an opportunity to strengthen the economic and social well-being of 500,000 men, women and children over the next three years.

Breaking New Ground closes the gap on gender inequality, promotes financial inclusion and strengthens resiliency and sustainability to create enduring benefits for families through their co-operatives.

Donate today and make an impact.

CDF leverages every dollar you donate up to 10x from our funders. This means that your support can break new ground and lay the foundation for innovative and sustainable food security and co-operative development projects.


Help us Break New Ground!


Say Hello to the New CDF

We’re Rebranding!

In July, after extensive consultations with supporters and stakeholders, we officially amalgamated with our partner of over 70 years, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA). We're delighted to announce that we'll be revealing our new shared brand under the CDF name during National Co-op Week, on International Credit Union Day (October 19th)!

What to Expect on October 19th:

  • Our new logo will be revealed on CCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts! Follow them now for sneak peeks during Co-op Week!
  • CCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts will transition to the new CDF brand.
  • CDF's current Twitter account will be phased out. If you follow us on Twitter, make sure to follow CCA's account!
  • Update your bookmarks! CCA's website will no longer be maintained, and we'll use only. In November, we'll launch a brand new website at this address!

We want to thank you - our valued funders, donors and partners - for your investment in CDF and CCA. With your help, our two long-serving Canadian institutions have worked together for over 70 years in bringing co-operative tools and knowledge to communities around the globe.

While we move forward with a new look and a single organizational name, our shared mission remains the same. We value your continued support and look forward to a successful launch!

Please join us on social media as we celebrate CDF's next era of development!

Introducing the New CDF Board of Directors

Ottawa, August 29, 2017 - The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is pleased to introduce its new Board of Directors, led by Chairperson Michele Aasgard.

"Building on a 70-year legacy of global co-operative achievement, we are pleased to be ushering in the next chapter in the evolution of CDF," says Aasgard. "We have listened to Canadian co-operators and are ready and committed to help them help more and more communities around the globe build lasting prosperity through co-operative action."

This evolution includes the amalgamation of CDF and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) under the umbrella of CDF as approved by their members at their annual general meetings on June 27, 2017. With representation from co-operatives, credit unions, mutuals, and the national co-operative apex organization Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), the new CDF Board is deeply rooted in the Canadian co-operative movement.

Above: The new CDF Board held its inaugural meeting last week in Ottawa. Rear row (L to R) -  Jeanette Wakelin, Kelly McGiffin, Normand Lafrenière, Neil Cooper, Marc-André Pigeon, Tracey Kliesch, Erin Hancock. Front row - Mark Needham, Mark Hamel, Michele Aasgard, Bruno Dragani. 

"This Board brings a diverse range of expertise and insight from across Canada's co-operative sector," says CDF Executive Director Michael Casey. "I am excited to be working with such dynamic co-operators as we begin this next chapter in the CDF story."

CDF is active in fourteen countries, working with local partners to develop and strengthen co-operative enterprises that are creating jobs and opportunities, mobilizing savings and loans, reducing vulnerability, improving nutrition and livelihoods, and helping women and men to equally access the opportunities and resources they need.

"CDF and its growing individual and corporate supporters are poised to accomplish really great things," says Aasgard. "Co-operatives and credit unions are potent tools in the hands of communities seeking sustainable long-term growth and prosperity. We know this from our own history in Canada, and from 70 years of bringing co-operative solutions to communities in over 40 countries around the world."

"As the world gets smaller we see a growing need and opportunity to share out our co-operative skills and resources. We call on Canadians and their co-operatives and credit unions to join us as we extend the benefits of co-operation to ever more families and communities."  

Watch this space for some exciting announcements about the new CDF, our refreshed look and a compelling new campaign to kick off a new era in the history of CDF!



“Building a Co-operative Community” - CDF Banquet Dinner & Fundraiser

"Building a Co-operative Community"
CDF Banquet Dinner & Fundraiser

On Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Toronto, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) in partnership with On Co-op, is hosting a very special evening to celebrate the awesomeness that are Ontario's co-operatives and credit unions, and to commemorate CDF's 70th and On Co-op's 15th anniversaries, and Canada's 150th birthday!

Leaders, directors, stakeholders, employees and members of co-operatives from across the province are invited to join us for the celebratory evening, which will include a three-course seated meal, fantastic live entertainment by The Dreamboats (so be sure to bring your dancing shoes and partners), a live auction, and the presentation of CCA's/CDF's 2017 Ontario Global Co-operator Award.

The evening will provide a unique networking opportunity between co-operatives and credit unions in Ontario, and close off the 2017 Provincial Co-op Conference taking place earlier in the day, while launching the 33rd annual Credit Union Directors' Forum.

Most importantly, all the proceeds raised from this event will go towards supporting CDF's efforts to alleviate poverty through international co-op and credit union development programs around the world.

REGISTER today ($115 + HST) - Seating is limited!

The Banquet Dinner & Fundraiser is open to anyone wishing to come, and you do not have to be a delegate of either conference to attend!

For more information contact Gonzalo by phone at 1-866-266-7677 or by email at

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CDF & CCA Annual Report 2016-17

Welcome to your annual window on the work of the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada ANNUAL REPORT to reduce global poverty through co-operative action.  Available for download/viewing in English and French.

Call for Auction Items for CDF Silent Auction at 2017 CMC Congress

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) are delighted to host a silent auction at the 2017 CMC Congress in Ottawa.  The auction will be held June 21-22.

Please consider donating unique and interesting items to our exclusive silent auction.  CDF recognizes all contributors, and we would love to showcase your support for co-operative development around the world.

Contact Gonzalo Rodriguez, Fundraising Officer at or at 866.266.7677 ext. 229 to donate an item, or to obtain more information.

All auction proceeds support CDF.

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