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Privacy Policy

In compliance with the Personal Information Protection & Electronics Document Act, the Ontario Co-operative Association (OCA) is committed to ensuring the accuracy and security of all personal information provided to us and to advise you of our policies regarding the use and disclosure of this information.


The opinions expressed by external writers or hyperlinks are not necessarily those of the Ontario Co-operative Association. We recommend that you undertake due diligence, verify the information and/or check with a professional before acting on any information contained herein. An appearance in an OCA e-newsletter, website or social media site is not an endorsement of a product or an organization.


Personal information provided to update our records will be used and disclosed only for the purposes identified or for other purposes consistent with our mission, to correspond to you, to keep you informed of OCA activities, programs and services and as required by legislation.

We do not rent, sell or trade our mailing lists. We will maintain physical, electronic and organizational safeguards to protect all personal information collected. Withdrawal of consent to retain personal information may be made at any time by contacting OCA.

Your personal privacy is of the utmost importance to us. Since we are deeply committed to protecting the security and welfare of all of our clients, our policy is to respect and protect the privacy of every visitor to our web site as well. The purpose of this policy is to provide you with a description of the type of information we collect on our website and how we use that information. To help you better understand how we collect and use information collected on our website, we have provided the following summary of our online information practices:


OCA does not collect individually identifiable data on users from our website unless you choose to give it to us via an electronic mail message. When you do choose to give us your information, we keep it confidential. You give us your personal information when you make a general inquiry to the office via email on our Contact page.


When you visit our website, we collect some basic statistical information that does not identify you as an individual user. This includes the amount of traffic visiting the site, which pages are visited and for how long, which search engines the visitors are using to get to our site, and what ISP they are using. We use the information we collect to improve the quality of our web site, enhance or tailor the information we offer, and make your experience on our site as valuable and efficient as possible. None of this information is ever disclosed to third parties. It is kept strictly confidential.


Personal information gathered from our site will only be used for the purpose intended. Your information is never shared with or sold to third parties unless you have given us implied or expressed consent to do so.


OCA is serious about security. Each employee or contract worker associated with this office who has access to personal information must comply with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Our office computer system uses a combination of software and hardware designed to protect against unauthorized entry and loss, theft, or misuse of personal information. Although we make every effort to protect personal information by using passwords on our network, no computer system is immune from hackers and others who might misuse information. We are, therefore, not responsible for any breach of security that is beyond our reasonable control.


This website contains hyperlinks to websites operated by parties other than OCA, the content of which is beyond our control. Please be aware that when you click on links that take you to third-party websites, you will be subject to their respective privacy policy. We encourage you to read the posted privacy statement whenever interacting with any website.


OCA may disclose your personally identifiable information if required to do so by law or belief that such action is necessary to conform to the requirements of the law or comply with governmental orders, court orders, or legal process served on OCA.


To find out more about the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, please see the act posted in its entirety on the Federal Privacy Commissioner’s website.

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