OTTAWA, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - If you have never shopped in a co-op
store, banked at your local credit union or bought food produced by a
farmers' co-op, now is the time to try it out!
October 13-19 is Co-op Week, a national celebration of Canada's 9,000
co-operative enterprises. It coincides with International Credit Union
Day (October 17), which has been marked on the third Thursday in
October since 1948. The week provides an opportunity for members and
employees to highlight the contributions of co-operatives to Canadian
society and to promote the co-operative business model to the broader
community. Co-operatives all over the country are holding special
activities during the week, including conferences, receptions,
banquets, co-op tours, flag-raisings, employee events and even a co-op
The theme of Co-op Week 2013 is "A Better Way", positioning
co-operatives as effective and sustainable alternatives to other
business models. A recent Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by the
Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) showed that Canadians believe
co-operatives are much more likely than other types of businesses to
support community values (81 per cent) , contribute to the local
economy (78 per cent) and engage in socially responsible practices (76
"Co-operatives have been an important player in the Canadian economy for
more than 100 years, and are as relevant today as they ever have been,"
said Bill Dobson, president of CCA. "They create jobs, keep wealth in
local communities and are driven by such fundamental values and
principles as democratic member control and concern for community."
Denis Richard, president of the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de
la mutualité (CCCM), said: "People often don't realize that co-ops
are part of their daily life. Nearly one-quarter of the food on
Canadian plates is produced by a co-op, and four co-operative
organizations are among Canada's largest employers. And all these
enterprises aim to work for the future of our communities".
For more information on Co-op Week, go to http://s.coop/coopweek2013
Co-operatives in Canada
Canada's 9,000 co-operatives have more than 18 million members and
150,000 employees. They generate annual revenues of more than $50
billion and have assets of more than $370 billion. Canadian
co-operatives are represented by two national associations, the
Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la
coopération et de la mutualité. (CCCM).
SOURCE: Canadian Co-operative Association
For further information:
Canadian Co-operative Association
613-238-6711, ext. 206
Visit our website at www.coopscanada.coop.
Director of communications and programs
Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité
613-789-5492, ext. 24
Visit our website at www.cccm.coop