Get Involved!

 

In Ontario, there are 1,500+ co-operatives with 15,500 employees and a combined membership of well over one million. While co-operative organizations work and provide service in a vast array of sectors, we are strongest when we work together and foster the sixth principle of co-operation: Co-operation among Co-operatives. OCA imagines an Ontario where everyone works together to make this province a supportive and prosperous environment for co-operative organizations.

There are any number of ways you can get involved with OCA and contribute your own unique skills, experience and personality! Here are some suggestions:

 

1. JOIN A COMMITTEE. OCA is guided by its membership, and committees are the avenue through which we hear your voice. Volunteer for one of our committees to make your opinions heard and to help make a difference! 

 

2. JOIN OUR BOARD. Have a say in the strategic direction of the organization and in helping us to achieve our mission to lead, cultivate and connect co-ops! Put forward your nomination before our Annual General Meeting.  

 

3. JOIN OUR MEMBERSHIP. Does your organization believe in the co-operative principles? Are you invested in the future of the co-operative development in Ontario and building a more sustainable economy? The commitment of our members help us deliver research, provide education, advocacy and business development support, as well as create networks, tools and resources that support the growth and success of co-operatives in Ontario. Learn more about becoming a member. 

 

4. BECOME A CO-OP ADVOCATE. As great as the co-operative sector is, people won't know about it if we don't tell them! Contact us to find out how you can spread the word about co-operatives! 

 

5. BECOME A CYL FACILITATOR. The Co-operative Young Leaders program succeeds in large part because of our volunteer facilitators - people who volunteer their time to help the new generation of co-operators, learn about leadership and co-operatives, and to have an unforgettable summer experience. Volunteer facilitators also gain a wealth a knowledge and new skills, allowing them to develop both personally and professionally. Find out more about CYL and how to become a Facilitator

 

6. SPONSOR CYL. CYL is an investment in youth - and the future of your co-operative or credit union. The benefits of developing leadership and communication skills of youth will in turn benefit your co-operative, your members, and your community. Make CYL a part of your organization's youth engagement strategy and learn about the different ways you can support this awesome co-operative education program! 

 

7. SPONSOR AN EVENT. OCA promotes and unites the co-operative sector in Ontario through events like the annual Queen's Park Reception, the biennial Provincial Co-operative Conference, and Regional Co-op Development initiatives, among others. Membership dues alone aren't enough to make these events truly great or even possible. Contact us to learn how you can help support these important events, while raising your organization’s profile in the process. 

 

8. BE A GUEST SPEAKER. Do you have special expertise to share? Are you passionate about a subject that other co-operatives and their members might benefit from? Let us know, and we'll connect you with people who need to hear what you have to say!

 

9. VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME. Running great programs and events requires a lot of great people. Want to be part of one of our programs or events? Contact us and volunteer, we can always use some extra help!

 

10. WORK FOR A CO-OPERATIVE. Co-operative businesses are successful because of their dedicated and motivated employees. They exist in every imaginable sector of the economy - which means you can find a job in a co-operative or credit union in whatever field interests you. Visit our Co-op Careers job board to find out more! 

 

11. POST A JOB. Our Co-op Careers board is also a great resource to connect co-operatives with the help they need. If you are a co-operative, or if your organization supports co-operatives, there is no charge to have a position listed on the board. Simply email a PDF or WORD file of the job description to our Communications Manager to have your position listed. 

 

12. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER. Stay informed about the latest news on co-operatives across the province, and receive updates on OCA's programming and events, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter, the Co-op Current!

 

13. STAY CONNECTED! Like us on Facebookand follow us on Twitter and Instagram!