The Registry of Co-operatives in Newfoundland and Labrador presently has 73 registered Co-operatives. Co-operatives may be formed by groups of people of similar interest that are willing to organize and operate on a co-operative basis and meet the criteria for incorporation. Most co-operatives fall under the following basic types: – consumer, producer, housing, workers, community service, and extra-provincial.
Primarily, the objective of this registry is to provide a regulatory environment which facilitates continued growth of co-operatives while providing public awareness. Co-operatives are distinct legal entities from corporations and are regulated pursuant to the Co-Operatives Act. Individuals or groups should understand this legal structure before considering the formation of a co-operative. The nature of a co-operative is more clearly defined in section 3 of the Act.
Legislation and Regulations
The regulation of co-operatives is governed by the Co-Operatives Act which deals with governance and compliance issues including:
- Powers of the Co-operative
- Procedures for Incorporation
- Responsibilities of Officials
- Responsibilities of Members
- Procedure for Dissolution
- Powers of the Registrar
- Penalties for Violation of the Act
Forms are available at the Registry of Co-operatives or may be downloaded for your convenience. Links to specific forms are found throughout the Web Site or you may browse our entire list.
Hours of Operation
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Except Summer Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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