- Aasa Marshall

Do co-ops have a harder time obtaining financing?

Photos: Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

It’s a challenge we hear about a lot: that co-operative businesses struggle to obtain the financing they need. However, recent Stats Canada data show that, when it comes to debt financing in particular, existing co-ops are quite successful getting funds they request.

In this episode we spoke to two co-op experts from the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives: Dr. Dionne Pohler, and Dr. Marc-André Pigeon. They give a lot of insight into these stats, the particular challenges and advantages co-ops might have in comparison to other types of business, and some areas where more research needs to be done.

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