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With the funding and engagement of our membership, we can support, promote, educate, and advocate for Ontario's co-operative businesses. In doing so, we are able to help individuals and groups set up the products and services they need, create jobs, and contribute to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of the communities in which they reside.

Doing business differently, together.

In the co-operative sector, we do things differently than traditional businesses. We are guided by values, principles, and a higher purpose. It's about making a positive impact in our own industries and in the communities we serve, all while caring for the well-being of people and the planet. Though we face market challenges like any other model, it's our shared values that drive us towards success together.

The Ontario Co-operative Association's members at a Queen's Park Reception
A Venn diagram showing the correlation between the Ontario Co-operative Association, its members and the co-operative sector

The success of our organization lies in the success of our members and the greater co-operative sector, as we strive to add value to co-operatives in Ontario.

Becoming a member of OCA is about supporting the collaboration, advocacy, education, and awareness-building that is necessary to sustain our unique sector, and creating better, stronger, and more resilient communities through co-operation.

We encourage you to get involved and partner with us to contribute to these successes, while strengthening your own organization.

Member Categories

Membership Categories

Our categories and dues are designed to recognize the varying stages of an organization's capacity to strengthen and unite the Ontario co-operative sector. You are encouraged to join at a level that suits the size and ability of your organization to contribute.

Click on the tabs above to learn more about each category!

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Member Benefits

Member Benefits

We truly appreciate the support and engagement of our members. Here are the ways we recognize their contribution to our organization... 

  • Special member-only rates for our programs, products and services.

  • Free enrollment in our co-operative ON Board program for directors, staff and volunteers.

  • Access to our digital resources library and knowledgeable staff. Complimentary job postings on our website, keeping talent in our sector.

  • Advanced notice of new programs, service offerings, and events through our Member e-Blasts and Bulletins.

  • Invitation to participate in our events at Queen's Park with MPPs, and at organized meetings with the Ministry of Public Business Service Delivery (MPBSD) and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA).

  • Promotion of your organization (or your programs, services and events) on our website and social media channels.

  • Opportunities to be recognized for your (individual and organization's) contributions to the Ontario co-operative sector at our Co-operative Spirit Awards ceremonies. 

  • Opportunity to contribute to our Board and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

  • Engagement in committees, task groups and sector consultations - this allows us to continually evolve and offer services that are current, relevant and impactful to the Ontario co-operative sector.

  • Special business listing on our website.

  • Referral Service to potential clients.

  • Advertisement in a Member Bulletin.

We asked our members: "What are the benefits of membership?"

"We can all learn from each other no matter the type of

co-operative, so education is key. OCA provides credit unions with another source of education and advocacy for the system with the government and other regulators." 

Kathy Stewart, Frontline Credit Union

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