The goals of this survey are to gather information on the business succession plans of small- and-medium-sized (SME) business owners and their views on alternative forms of succession upon retirement, such as conversion to co-operatives. The survey should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and is part of The Conversion to Co-operatives Project (Co-opConvert) funded by the Social Sciences at Humanities Research Council of Canada. Co-opConvert is a research initiative and educational partnership between the University of Toronto’s Centre for Learning, Social Economy, & Work, the Université de Sherbrooke’s Institut de recherche et d’éducation pour les coopératives et les mutuelles, and Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada. The partnership is designed to better understand SME succession issues and business conversions to co-operatives in Canada.

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The Conversion to Cooperatives Project (CoopConvert) aims to better understand business conversion to cooperatives (BCCs) as outlets for preserving jobs, addressing business succession needs, and starting new cooperatives across Canada. Creating knowledge, building capacity, and enhancing sustainable cross-sectoral networks, the CoopConvert Project is of interest to the cooperative movement, policy makers, retiring business owners, unions, local communities, and working people, in Canada and beyond. Go here for a detailed project description.



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The CoopConvert Project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grants, and supports the objectives of SSHRC’s Insight and Connection programs.