In Canada, we are building on the momentum of the International Year of Co‑operatives to improve access to government programs available to co‑operatives. This guide is an initiative of the Government of Canada’s Rural and Co‑operatives Secretariat, developed in partnership with the provincial and territorial governments. In addition to a short description of each program, there is also a point of contact where Canadians can go for information by telephone, fax, email or Internet. The programs are divided into two sections: the first section focuses on the programs offered by the various federal departments; the second section provides information from the provinces and territories. For the most up to date (as of Nov 21, 2014) programs and resources available for those interested in starting a co-operative, follow this link.