About Co-operatives

What is a co-operative business?

A co-operative is a legally incorporated corporation that is owned by its members, who use the co-operative's services or purchase their products. They can and do provide virtually every product or service, and can be either for-profit 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. Profits are distributed to members based on the amount of business they do with the co-operative. As such, co-operatives keep dollars circulating within the local economy, provide secure employment, and help revitalize, build and sustain healthy communities.

To learn more about co-operatives, visit the Ontario Co-operative Association website. For more educational resources, our All 4 Each program is available at no charge to all Ontario teachers.

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