Co-operatives are Solution Providers

 

Co-operatives have a long history of providing solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges across the world. There are many great examples of Ontario co-operatives that demonstrate their innovative approach to solving specific needs and challenges, across many different business sectors and within different communities and regions. This section of our website will share some of these stories with you. 


The first set of stories we are showcasing demonstrates how Ontario co-operatives are providing solutions for their members and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a time of great uncertainty and economic fragility, both financial and non-financial co-operative businesses large and small, are stepping up to the plate to help alleviate some of the hardships people are facing. These stories are wonderful examples of the co-operative principles and values that are the foundation of who we are, and what we do. And most importantly, how co-operatives put people first, and their concern for communities. Check them out below!

 

If you have a story you think we should be sharing here, please let us know! Email Audrey at [email protected]


And if you haven't already done so, check out the Co-operatives in a Time of Crisis Conversation Series, hosted by the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. This series explores the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Canadian co-operatives, large and small, and how co-ops, in turn, are making use of their co-operative structure to address the challenges posed. Here is one of the videos, featuring Rob Wesseling, CEO of The Co-operators!

 

Gay Lea sends baking kits to families and frontline workers

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Gay Lea sends baking kits to families and frontline workers
Gay Lea Foods Co-operative increases Dairy Farmers of Ontario milk donation to food banks

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Gay Lea Foods Co-operative increases Dairy Farmers of Ontario milk donation to food banks
KCCU donates $25k to help local emergency food programs

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KCCU donates $25k to help local emergency food programs
Libro Credit Union donating over $300K to United Way emergency response programs

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Libro Credit Union donating over $300K to United Way emergency response programs
Libro doling out $17.5K for employees to ‘buy local’

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Libro doling out $17.5K for employees to ‘buy local’
MEC extends support to frontline workers and outdoor community organizations

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MEC extends support to frontline workers and outdoor community organizations
The Co-operators introduces a reduced driving refund for member policyholders

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The Co-operators introduces a reduced driving refund for member policyholders
United Way Centraide to receive $200,000 boost to support Canada's most vulnerable

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United Way Centraide to receive $200,000 boost to support Canada's most vulnerable
Fifty-year-old London Food Co-op could be way of future, post-pandemic

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Fifty-year-old London Food Co-op could be way of future, post-pandemic
'We can do this': Gravenhurst's Ryde Community Co-op perseveres through pandemic

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'We can do this': Gravenhurst's Ryde Community Co-op perseveres through pandemic
Group trying to create community resource for personal protective equipment

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Group trying to create community resource for personal protective equipment
Northern Credit Union establishes COVID-19 response fund

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Northern Credit Union establishes COVID-19 response fund
The Co-operators increases COVID-19 relief funding for youth mental health programmes in communities across Canada

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The Co-operators increases COVID-19 relief funding for youth mental health programmes in communities across Canada
The Co-operators provides COVID-19 relief funding to Canadian co-operatives

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The Co-operators provides COVID-19 relief funding to Canadian co-operatives