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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. 

Election Readiness for Co-operatives

Join us on Thursday, May 10 from 10AM - 11Am EST for a webinar on how to get your co-operative ready for the June 7 election! This webinar is FREE to all Members and Non-Members. 

Download the event poster(right-hand toolbar)  and share it with your networks! Click here to register by May 9 at noon..


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/details, 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 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 three times a year while the House is sitting. 

The All-party Co-op Caucus is made up of the following three government representatives:


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!



Guide to Co-op Act written in plain, accessible language

Oct 14, 2015 - On Co-op has created a Guide to Ontario’s Co-operative Corporations Act. The Guide explains the details of the Act, and includes advice about the procedures and protocols that define the operations of co-operatives. The Guide also includes a number of…

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2018 OCA Annual General Meeting

Oct 18, 2018 - 2018 OCA AGM

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On Co-op is a trade association and capacity-building organization that develops, engages, educates and advocates for Ontario's co-op businesses.