Share the Co-op Advantage Over Co-op Week! – Lot’s to Celebrate!

As a lawyer who practices Co-op law and is a founding member of the Co-op Lawyers Network affiliated with CoopZone I am pleased to pass on this great information!

Co-op Week is being celebrated from October 16 to 22 this year – the same week as International Credit Union Day, which is on October 20! It is an opportunity for co-operative and credit union members, staff and enthusiasts provincially, nationally and globally, to celebrate the impact we have as a sector and as a movement. Co-op Week is also recognition of our continuing contributions to sustainable social and economic development both at home and abroad.

The theme of Co-op Week 2016 is “Our Co-op Advantages” and as the provincial association for Ontario co-operatives, we have one simple ask: to share your views on why you choose to do business co-operatively. We want you to do this loudly and proudly in public, online, and most importantly, with your family and friends!

Here are some quick and easy CO-OP FACTS AND STATS you could share:

  • Co-operatives are community-focused businesses that balance people, planet and profit. They are formed to seize local opportunities or respond to local challenges.
  • There are 1,300 co-operatives, credit unions and caisses populaires, located in Ontario.
  • Ontario co-operatives have 49,000 volunteers – 10,000 of which are board members.
  • Co-ops are in every business sector, and offer services from the cradle to the grave, from child care through to funeral co-ops!
  • Co-operatives create $3.3 billion in income for Ontarians.
  • Co-operatives are value-based and member-owned and focused.
  • More than 1 of every 7 people worldwide are a member of a co-op.
  • Co-operatives operate in more than 90 countries and employ over 100 million people around the world.
  • Twice as many co-ops remain in operation after 10 years as other types of business enterprise.


  • Explain the various benefits of the co-operative business model for creating a sustainable economy in the province.
  • Celebrate the significant contributions of co-operatives in their communities across Ontario.
  • Promote the relevance of the co-operative model, its mission as a local and sustainable development tool, as well the values and principles that guide it. In other words, promote the Co-operative Identity   – what makes us diverse and what unifies us!
  • Explore inter-co-operation through Principle Six: Co-operation among Co-operatives!
  • Develop a better understanding of the advantages of co-operation among officers, employees, members of the movement and the general public.

There are many resources about co-operatives available at your fingertips. Here are a few, provincial, national and international tools to access with the click of a mouse!


  • The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op) website
  • Find a Co-op in Ontario searchable database
  • On Co-op’s (29) Fact Sheets on Co-operatives
  • An Infographic on the Economic Impact of Co-operatives in Ontario
  • The Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario (CCO) website
  • Central 1 Credit Union website


  • The Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) website
  • The CMC’s FREE Co-op Week 2016 Poster (PDF)
  • The Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) website
  • Conseil Quebecois de la coopération et de la mutualité (CQCM) website
  • The Saskatchewan Co-operative Association’s Co-op Week Toolkit


Finally, for those of you who have organized special events and celebrations, feel free to share your    Co-op Week stories and photos with us on Facebook! Don’t forget to use the handle @ontariocoops and the hashtag #coops so we can see you.


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