About Us

Building sustainable and self-reliant cooperative communities

Founded in 1947, The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) is a global social impact partner that collaborates with local communities to build their capacity to achieve sustainable economic and social development, leveraging the advantages of the cooperative business model.

Together with our partners, and governed by our co-operative principles, we take a research-based and data-centric approach to our work. Our goal is to enhance knowledge and strengthen capacity while initiating dialogue with local governments to positively influence cooperative law and regulations.

For over 75 years, we’ve applied our learnings, knowledge, and financial acumen to help build community-owned cooperatives that bring more prosperity and self-reliance to people and communities across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Our international projects aim to bridge agriculture and financial access, close the gap on gender inequality, promote financial inclusion, and strengthen resilience and sustainability, while contributing to many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals — from building clean economic growth to promoting the health and rights of women and children.

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