Below, we have compiled a series of questions that often come up that we cannot directly assist with. We have included contact information for you to try and get the help you need.

 

HOW DO I RESOLVE AN ISSUE OR COMPLAINT WITH A HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE? 

OCA is not qualified to provide advice or direction on issues related to co-operative housing. If you have a specific question, issue, concern or complaint regarding a housing co-operative, or if you are looking for accommodations within a housing co-operative, please call the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario Region (CHF Canada, Ontario Region) toll free at 1.800.268.2537. If your housing
co-op is a member of CHF, you may also access their library of resources online here.


HOW DO I FIND A HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE TO LIVE IN?

Here at OCA we can't help you find a housing co-op to live in. You need to contact CHF Canada, Ontario Region toll free at 1.800.268.2537, or use their listing to find a specific co-op housing unit in your area.


HOW DO I FIND INFORMATION REGARDING SHARES WITH THE UNITED CO-OPERATIVES OF ONTARIO? 

OCA is not the successor to - nor the offshoot of - the United Co-operatives of Ontario (UCO). The assets of UCO were acquired by GROWMARK, Inc. in the mid-1990s. GROWMARK bought some of the assets but did not buy the company or its shares. As a result, there is no value in UCO shares. Any inquiries related to UCO should be directed to the GROWMARK, Inc. head office located in Guelph at 519.821.5640 or email [email protected].


HOW DO I FIND A SPECIFIC CO-OPERATIVE? 

OCA has developed a free, extensive "Find-a-Co-op" searchable database of all co-operatives in Ontario. Click here to access it now!  Please be aware that the contact information we have listed for each co-op is the only information we have been provided with and may not be up to date. If you would like to make a correction to any of the information provided, please email [email protected]


WHO REGULATES CO-OPERATIVE ORGANIZATIONS? 

Currently, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), an agency of the Ministry of Finance, is responsible for overseeing the incorporation and regulation of non-financial co-operatives in Ontario. Click here to learn more. 


WHERE CAN I FIND THE CO-OPERATIVE CORPORATIONS ACT? 

The Act can be found here. To request an electronic copy of OCA's Guide to the Act, click here


I AM INTERESTED IN STARTING A CO-OPERATIVE, WHO CAN I TALK TO? 

OCA has a Co-op Development Manager on site that can assist you. Please contact Peter Cameron at 1.888.745.5521 x 23 or at [email protected], to set up an appointment to chat about your ideas and business plan.


HOW DO I FIND A CO-OP PLACEMENT?

People often associate the word "co-op" with a "co-op placement" - a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience that provides academic credit for structured job experience. OCA is a provincial trade association (similar to a Chamber of Commerce) for Ontario's co-operative businesses. We are not an agency that provides students with co-op placements. Contact the Co-op Education Centre at your local college or university to inquire about co-op placements in your region. To learn more about the co-operative model of business, click here.


 

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact us at:

1.888.745.5521 or [email protected].