Co-operative Spirit Awards


The Co-operative Spirit awards recognizes and celebrates both individual and organizational commitment and contribution to the co-operative movement and to the social, environmental and economic well-being of the province.

Since their inception in 1999, 125 individuals and organizations have received a Spirit Award from the Ontario Co-operative Association. Read the full list of recipients, or view many of our past winners receiving their award on the Spirit Awards You Tube channel!


The awards are generally held every two years. Nominators can be individuals or organizations (i.e., Ontario co-operatives, credit unions, caisses populaires, or sector organizations and their staff, board or volunteers) that are Members or Members of Member Organization (MOMO) of the Ontario Co-operative Association. Nominators can submit nominations in more than one category; however, an individual or organization can only be nominated in one category per nomination year. Recipients are chosen by a selection panel, consisting of at least three individuals who are familiar with Ontario’s co-operative sector, and who are not OCA staff.


In 2017, two individuals and one organization received an award. Learn more about them by reading the Media Releases below:


Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Spirit Awards!