The Social Economy and Health Care
of this webpage is to draw attention to current debates about
the roles of the social economy in relation to health care in
Canada. These debates are often heated, and it is important that
information about the issues be widely available. For example,
some social economy initiatives are seen by proponents as
improving access to quality health care, while others argue that
these same social economy initiatives undermine universal access
to health care and undermine the public health care system
currently in place. Issues of access, relation to existing
programs and services, inclusiveness, democratic control, and so
on, are important to consider whatever the specific initiative
being developed. The material on this page offers an entry point
to the discussion.
Canadian Social Economy Hub's Telelearning Session 21:
to the podcast (mp3 file),
Many Canadians are both proud and worried about health care.
For decades it has been a defining aspect of our
nationality, a subject of immense pride -- as well as a
deliverer of good services. The system is now often in
question and despite its strengths, many wonder if it could
not be improved. Co-operative health services in Canada and
many other parts of the world provide excellent services
based on concerns about community health as well as
individual health and on encouraging individual citizens to
assume greater responsibility for their own health. During
this session speakers will address the following questions:
1. What is the extent and nature of the health co-operatives
in your province?
2. What are the new initiatives?
3. What are the obstacles to future development?
Conference - HEALTH CARE CO-OP FEDERATION HOLDS INAUGURAL MEETING
Canada has a new federation representing health care co-operatives. The
inaugural meeting and conference of the Health Care Co-operatives Federation of
Canada took place in Regina on July 7-9, 2011. Representatives of 14 co-ops from six
provinces attended the meeting, as well as Benoît Caron, executive director of the
Quebec Federation of Homecare and Health Co-operatives. Several other co-operatives
from across the country who were not able to attend expressed support for the
new federation. The conference was sponsored by the Canadian
Co-operative Association(through the National Advisory Services component
of the Co-operative Development Initiative), The Co-operators and
For more information about the new federation go to:
Health Care Policy: The Social Economy and Mutual Self-Help
Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network organized a
session on health care as part of the Atlantic Provinces
Political Science Association conference Sept 15-17. This was
open to conference delegates, students and the general public.
Leslie Brown, Mount Saint Vincent University
Ian Johnson, Vice Chairperson, Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care
Notes for a Presentation on The Role of Community Health
Centres in Public Health Care (pdf, 152.55KB)
David Zitner, Dalhousie University -
Health Care: An Unregulated Monopoly (pdf, 116.33KB)
Dianne Kelderman, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council -
Connecting People for Health: A New Generation of
Co-operatives (pdf, 683.53KB)
University of New Brunswick
Points of View, Papers, Presentations, and Links
editorial describes a planned health care co-operative in New
Glasgow, Nova Scotia, however the co-op never went into
Newsletter gives an overview of Health Care Co-operatives by
providing: a brief history of Canada’s health care system, links
to currently existing Health Care Co-operatives, numerous
inequities in the current health care system, the report
released by Commissioner Roy Romanow (2002), and looks at the
potential future of Health Care Co-operatives from both a local
and global perspective.
for Community Enterprise –
features Making Waves Magazine, a quarterly publication
specifically on the topic of community economic development.
This special edition outlines “the case for a vast expansion of
community-level capacity and authority in our health sector”,
and is available online.
for Community Enterprise -
communautaire des soins de santé."
Un numéro spécial du magazine Making Waves - automne 2007
Researchez <santé> sur ce site
Porte-parole des coopératives francophones
Positionnement et orientations
to the Secretary of State Andy Mitchell by the minister's
advisory committee on co-operatives, November 2002.
debates Canada’s health care policy and whether or not
co-operative health care would be a cure for the current ailing
Medicare structure in Canada.
an overview and brief history of health care co-operatives, this
paper details the current co-operative trends in Canada and
offers an option for Canada’s current health care system.
"Health co-ops around the world are a series of
publications showing the contribution of health co-ops in
the health system from a national perspective".
supports community health care co-operatives and have produced a
book to assist in their endeavor.
representing and serving co-operatives worldwide.
L'Alliance de recherche universités-communautés en économie
Renouveler le système de santé grâce à la voie coopérative
Investigating the Health Care Act and the operating principals
of our health care system, it is argued that the full potential
of the co-operative health care model is not being utilized.
Directions for change are proposed and recommendations are made
so the co-operative model could be used to provide a sustainable
health care system for Canadians.
presentation of the Magna/Angus study on CHCC’s, identifies
characteristics of a good CHCC. Offers recommendations for a
CHCC strategy, and provides specifics and considerations for a
a community health care centre in your province, go to the
website for the
Canadian Alliance of Community Health Care Associations.
of Health Care Co-operatives in the Atlantic Region:
mental health services to individuals and their families.
Creek Medical Co-op – Wolfville, Nova Scotia
operation since 2004, this family based and walk-in clinic is
owned by the doctors and nurses who work at the co-operative
with no fees to patients for usage unless type of care is exempt
by MSI. There is no website currently available for this
organization but one will be operational in the future.
local residents founded this centre due to the need for health
care services in a particularly “unique and culturally diverse”
area of Halifax. This Health Care Centre partners with local
community organizations and health providers, and serves as an
environment in which students can learn the health care
profession. This is not a co-operative, but is run by the local
Information on Health Care Co-operatives in the remainder of
co-operative is made up of doctors, health professionals and
community who strive to improve health care services in Aylmer.
further links to Health Care Co-operatives in Canada, the United
States and the United Kingdom.
"Une réponse toujours adaptée à vos besoins de mieux-être"
1962, this health services co-operative is member based and
operates the community clinic in Saskatoon.
Click here for a resource on health coops in Canada, the USA
and around the world from Sherbrook University (L'Université
Click for the
Report: The Role of Co-operatives in Health Care: National
and International Perspectives. An international Conference,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 30 October 2008. "On 30 October 2008,
the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of
Saskatchewan and the Community Health Co-operative Federation
hosted representatives of the International Co-operative
Alliance’s International Health Co-operative Organization for a
one-day symposium on the role of co-operatives in health care
delivery. Presentations on international health co-operatives,
which are summarized in this report, include the following:
Health Co-operatives around the World
Japanese Co-operatives in Japan and the Nagano Health
Health Co-operatives in Spain"
summer 2008 Communications Assistant Sue Pottie for her
assistance in developing this page in consultation with Leslie