Advocacy and Government Relations
On Co-op works to improve the regulatory and legislative environment for Ontario co-ops. We conduct sector-wide research to determine the most pressing common challenges Ontario co-ops face and then advocate for needed changes. We also profile our members and promote the socio-economic impact and diversity of the Ontario co-operative sector to the Provincial Government. Our end-goal is to be viewed by the government as Ontario’s Co-op experts and to be consulted accordingly.
- 2017 Queen's Park Reception
- 2017 QP Sponsors, Donors & Co-op Suppliers
- 2016 Event Summary
- Co-op and Sector Advocacy
2017 QUEEN’S PARK RECEPTION
Our annual Queen’s Park Receptions provides the Ontario co-operative sector with opportunities to meet, greet and inform their Ministers and MPPs about the unique challenges they face, as well as the social and economic benefits that co-operatives bring to the province. It is also an opportunity to come together as one voice and share the 3 KEY ASKS that would help Ontario's co-operatives to develop and thrive in today's economic environment.
THE NEXT CO-OPERATIVE QUEEN'S PARK RECEPTION IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017 FROM 5 - 7PM IN COMMITTEE ROOMS #228 & 230 OF THE MAIN LEGISLATIVE BUILDING. EVERY INDIVIDUAL ATTENDING MUST PRE-REGISTER TO GAIN ENTRY INTO THE BUILDING.
VIEW THE INVITE IN THE DOWNLOADS SECTION ON THE RIGHT-HAND TOOLBAR! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE. The deadline to register is Friday, May 5th.
2017 QP Sponsors, Donors & Co-op Suppliers
We would like to recognize the following organizations who have confirmed their support of this year's reception (as of April 20):
Platinum Sponsors ($2,000)
- Gay Lea Foods Co-operative (milk, cream & cheese)
- La Siembra (chocolate bars)
- MEC (door prize)
- Common Ground Co-operative/Lemon & Allspice (cookies)
- Planet Bean Coffee/Sumac Workers Co-operative (coffee and tea)
2016 Event Summary
Last year's reception took place on May 2nd 2016, and was an initiative of the joint On Co-op and CCO Government Relations Committee. It provided a great first step forward to achieving some of the legislative and regulatory goals of both the Ontario Anglophone and Francophone co-operative sectors.
During the morning and afternoon, members of the joint Committee participated in a series of pre-arranged meeting with select MPPs, to relay the co-op message and key asks to government. A meeting with the Premier's Policy Advisors to review and discuss three key co-op sector recommendations also took place. In the evening, close to 60 leaders from co-ops across the province gathered for an informal reception, to meet and greet the 26 MPPs, 7 Ministers and a number of staff representatives who also attended. Co-operators were asked in advance to share the need for government to provide a more favorable environment for the growth and development of co-operatives with their MPPs.
During the evening reception, Minister Liz Sandals provided a welcome speech and acknowledged the significant social and economic impact of the Ontario’s co-operative movement. The three All-Party Co-op Caucus co-Chairs, MPP Ernie Hardeman, MPP Percy Hatfield and MPP Marie-France Lalonde also spoke of their commitments to help move the key asks forward. All four representatives were gifted with lovely plaques created by Arctic Co-operative, in recognition of the support they have provided to further the sectors’ goals. View the full list of Ministers and MPPs that attended in the "Downloads" section in the right-hand toolbar.
On Co-op and CCO would like to thank the many organizations for their tremendous generosity in support of this event. Their logos are available on the "2016 QP Sponsors & Donors" link in the Downloads section on the right-hand toolbar.
The Regulatory Affairs Committee - a broad, sector-based group of co-op, sector and legal experts - meets (as needed) to address desired changes in co-op legislation and regulations. Quarterly meetings are held with FSCO and other government agencies to promote the co-operative sector’s common regulatory aims. For more information/ detail visit the “Regulations” page.
Jointly with CCO, our francophone counterpart, On Co-op facilitates a sector-wide Government Relations Committee. The Committee works with policy advisors, elected officials and government staff to to raise awareness of co-operative issues, barriers, challenges and opportunities. In late 2015, the Committee facilitated the first-ever non-partisan, All-party Co-op Caucus at Queen's Park. Meetings of the caucus are held approximately every two months while the House is sitting.
SELF-ADVOCATE REGIONALLY (OR AS A SECTOR)
You know your industry best! We have created tools for the sector to do their own grassroots co-op advocacy, and to help us raise the profile of co-ops provincially!
There are a variety of resources on our “Advocacy Tools” page that provides co-op advocates with promotional materials and guidance they can use for meeting with government. We also highly suggest getting involved in your local/ Regional Co-op Network, or a sector-specific co-operative network, and advocate together as a group.
Contact Peter Cameron (see below) to find networks near you. On Co-op also cultivates new networks via our Roundtables and Regional Conferences. These connections, as well as your status as a constituent, will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your advocacy efforts!