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Social economy enterprise

Social economy enterprise

There are three main differences between a social economy enterprise and a traditional commercial business. A social economy enterprise:

  • serves members of the community rather than simply generating profits;
  • includes a democratic decision-making process, allowing users and workers to participate;
  • places greater emphasis on individuals and jobs than on capital when distributing surpluses and income.

Co-operative or NPO?

Generally speaking, a co-operative serves its members, while an NPO serves the community. The members of a co-operative usually make regular use of its goods or services. They may be users or customers of the goods or services offered, or work in the co-operative. There are different kinds of co-operatives: workers, producers, consumers, solidarity or worker-shareholders. NPOs are more flexible and tend to have a less formal structure.

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Creating a NPO

  • Form a group of at least 3 promoters/founders
  • Register the NPO with the Registraire des entreprises
  • Draw up its statutes and by-laws
  • Hold a general assembly to found the organization, elect a board and adopt the statutes and by-laws

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Enter your business postal code or select your area

  1. West-Island 1675, Transcanadienne
    Suite 301
    Dorval, QC H9P 1J1
    514 426-2888
  2. Centre-Ouest 1350 Mazurette street
    Suite 400
    Montréal, QC H4N 1H2
    514 858-1018
  3. Grand Sud-Ouest 3617 rue Wellington
    Montréal, QC H4G 1T9
    514 765-7060
  4. Centre-Ville 630, Sherbrooke Ouest
    Suite 700
    Montréal, QC H3A 1E4
    514 879-0555
  5. Centre-Est 6224 rue Saint-Hubert
    Montréal, QC H2S 2M2
    514 723-0030
  6. Est-de-l'Île 7305, boulevard Henri-Bourassa Est
    Suite 200
    Montréal, QC H1E 2Z6
    514 494-2606