About Co-operatives

What is a co-operative business?

A co-operative is one of the four recognized business types in Canada. A co-operative business is a legally incorporated corporation that is owned by its members, who use the co-operative's services or purchase their products. Co-operative businesses exist in every sector from the music industry, to day-care to IT services and provide virtually every product or service. Co-operatives can be incorporated as for-profit businesses, charities or non-profit enterprises.

Co-operatives are community-focused businesses that balance people, planet and profit. They are democratic and value-based by nature, and are often formed to fill a void within a community, to seize local opportunities and to meet the needs of its member-owners.

Whether the members are the customers, employees or residents, they have an equal say in what the business does and share in the profits.

Co-operatives keep dollars circulating within local economies, provide secure employment, and help revitalize, build and sustain healthy communities.

To learn more about co-operatives, register as a teacher partner and access all of our co-operative resources and programming absolutely free.

We welcome you to visit the Ontario Co-operative Association website or access our Self-guided Slideshow on the Co-operative Business Model.  Contact us to schedule a free Co-op 101 presentation for your classroom.

Click any of the logo's below to learn more about our Co-operative Minds partners and sponsors!

For questions about co-operative businesses or the Co-operative Minds program,

email our team and we promise we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

Our Co-operative Partners