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.
- 2018 Queen's Park Reception
- 2018 QP Reception Sponsors & Donors
- Co-op and Sector Advocacy
2018 QUEEN’S PARK RECEPTION
Our annual Queen’s Park Reception provide 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 SECTOR RECOMMENDATIONS that would help Ontario's co-operatives to develop and thrive in today's economic environment.
Please join us for this year's Reception, which will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 5 - 7pm in committee rooms #228-230 in the main legislative building. View the event invite.
This is a free event to attend, but pre-registration is required to gain access into the building. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER before the March 14th deadline.
As there are no registration fees, this event is funded solely through sponsorships. The QP event is a unique opportunity for your organizatoin to invest in helping us to raise the profile of the Ontario Co-operative sector. Please refer to the 2018 Sponsorship flyer for more information on how you can help, and the ways in which we can recognize you for your generosity.
View the post-event media release from May 16, 2017 in the Downloads section of the right-hand toolbar to learn about last year's event.
2018 QP Reception Sponsors & Donors
- Gay Lea Foods Co-operative - Milk, Cream and Cheese
- Planet Bean Coffee Roastery/Sumac Workers Co-operative
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:
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!