Co-op Day and Co-op Week

Co-op Day

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 4, 2020 using the theme of "Co-operatives for Climate Action." The theme was chosen to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13 on Climate Action. This event will focus on the contribution of co-operatives to combating climate change, one of the most severe challenges facing our planet during the 21st century. The International Co-operative Alliance writes: 

On 4 July 2020, join us as we raise awareness on the importance of addressing climate change. No country is immune from it, greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50 percent higher than it was in 1990, and global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not act. Co-operatives worldwide can take this opportunity to show leadership and share their co-operative values in combating this global issue...The co-operative movement can use this important opportunity to take a stand as a global actor of change and collaborate with its partners within the international community. This collective effort can significantly impact the climate agenda and achieve a fair, green and just transition for all communities, leaving no one behind." 

A "Co-operatives Communications Guide" will soon be available to help co-operatives use this day to illustrate the importance of taking action to battle climate change. Stay tuned for more information and resources coming soon! Learn more by visiting the International Co-operative Alliance online.



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

Co-op Week 2020 will take place from October 11 - 17, under the theme of "Rebounding with Co-operative Values."

  • 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!