OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2013) - On the occasion of this year's national Co-op Week, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, made the following statement:

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to recognize the continuing contributions of Canadian co-operatives to our economic prosperity. For over 100 years, co-operatives have been a fundamental part of communities across the country. They are active in almost every sector of the economy, providing needed infrastructure, goods and services to over 18 million members and jobs to more than 156,000 Canadians.

"The co-op model promotes collaboration, innovation and productivity, helping local businesses and communities succeed. Throughout the week, co-operatives across the country will take part in activities and celebrations that will highlight the role co-operatives play in the lives of Canadians. Our government remains committed to ensuring that the right conditions are in place to support the development, innovation and growth of Canadian co-operatives."

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