Co-op Day and Co-op Week





The International Day of Co-operatives (IDC) is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement that is observed on the first Saturday of July. On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in Resolution 47/90 “the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Co-operatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Co-operative Alliance.” Since then, the United Nations' IDC has been observed jointly alongside International Co-operative Day. The aim of this celebration is to:

  • Increase awareness of cooperatives
  • Highlight the complementary goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international cooperative movement
  • Underscore the contributions of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations
  • Strengthen and extend partnerships between the international co-operative movement and other stakeholders

This year, #CoopsDay will take place on July 2, 2022. The theme Co-operatives Build a Better World has been chosen by the ICA in homage to 2012, the International Year of the Co-operative as was declared by the United Nations.

In preparation for this celebration, they are inviting co-operators everywhere to spread the word about how our human-centred business model, inspired by the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, and solidarity and the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others, is building a better world.

The 2022 #CoopsDay actions’ pack including the logo, key messages and other digital resources will be available soon. 

Co-op Week is a uniquely Canadian phenomenon that is celebrated annually in the third week of October. Co-op week events are hosted in communities across the country and help raise the visibility of co-operative organizations, while improving understanding and awareness of the co-operative business model. It is also time to celebrate and highlight the accomplishments and contributions of co-operatives and credit unions. 

Francophones have been celebrating Co-op Week since 1958, and the event went national in 1982 with the encouragement of the Co-operative Union of Canada - a predecessor of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, the national trade association for the co-operative movement in Canada.

While we encourage co-operatives to sing their praises and contributions all year long, here are some of the things that your co-operative can do during Co-op Week:

  • Explain the various benefits of the co-operative business model for creating a sustainable economy in the province
  • Celebrate the significant contributions of co-operatives in their communities across Ontario
  • Promote the relevance of the co-operative model, its mission as a local and sustainable development tool, as well the values and principles that guide it. In other words, promote the  Co-operative Identity – what makes us diverse and what unifies us
  • Explore inter-co-operation through Principle Six: Co-operation among Co-operatives
  • Develop a better understanding of the advantages of co-operation among the board, staff, members of the movement and the general public


This year, #CoopWeek takes place October 16 - 22, 2022.

Here are some suggestions on how you can celebrate Co-op Week:

  1. Browse our Membership List and see who else is supporting the movement.
  2. Reach out to another OCA Member and introduce yourself or ask about their organization, product or services.
  3. Do a “Shout out” of another co-op or credit union by promoting them or tagging them on social media.
  4. Search our Find a Co-op listing and learn about some of the other co-ops in your geographic location or sector.

Other things you can do:

  • Order the latest merchandise from the FlagShop to promote co-operative awareness in your organization and community!
  • Check out this toolkit for planning Co-op Week celebrations, created by the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association in 2015. 
  • Share your #Coopweek stories and photos with us on Facebook and Twitter - don’t forget to use the handle @ONcooperatives and the hashtag #coops so we can see you!