Choosing the correct organizational structure and business model are important parts of the co-operative development process. Your structure will impact how your organization functions, so understanding the options and what will work for your group is very important. Forming a co-operative may or may not be the right solution for your group’s needs, so understanding the pros and cons of the models and structures is an important step in setting up your organization for success.
In Saskatchewan, there are several options for what type of organization to incorporate as, and you can find more information on Information Services Corporation’s website.
There are many resources that explain some of the differences between organizational structures. We’ve included links to a few resources that may be helpful, but please contact us if you need more help. You may also need or want to consult a lawyer to help with this part of your development process.
OnCo-op Fact Sheets about Business Models and Organizational Structure
(please note that requirements and options in Saskatchewan may differ from Ontario)
OnCo-op’s Co-op Development Toolkit, with other FactSheets and helpful info.
Understanding Co-operative, Charitable, and Non-Profit Law by Robert Dobrohoczki:
A work commissioned by Saskatchewan Co-operative Association and Le Conseil Économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan to clarify the relationship between co-operative law and non-profit and charitable status in Saskatchewan. Available materials include the complete paper, a fact sheet and an article.
Social Enterprise Legal Structure
In 2011, funded by the Institute for Non-profit Studies (Mount Royal University), the BC Centre for Social Enterprise partnered with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development to develop a research project whose purpose was to canvass social entrepreneurs and social economy experts with respect to the prospects and potential drawbacks associated with pursuing a separate legal structure for social enterprise in Canada. http://www.centreforsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/selsreport.pdf