Jen BudneyJen Budney

Great point, Shelley, and I can think of other areas where this applies. In Saskatchewan, for example, about 95% of our licensed childcare centres (those not home-based) are co-operatives. Even though they receive only a small portion of their budget from the gov’t, the Ministry of Education, Early Learning Division, sets all the standards for childcare, regulating and evaluating all centres. Their decisions certainly play a huge role in governance. I would say sometimes the regulations force centres to “raise their bars” but at other times the regulations are a minimum standard and centres may lazily choose to to meet, and not exceed, these standards.


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