Organization

OCA is a non-profit co-operative that was originally formed in 1989 as CCA Ontario Region, and officially incorporated in 2002. We are one of nine provincial associations that serve English-speaking co-operatives and co-op member organizations across Canada and that are linked through a national committee - the Council of Regional Executives (CORE).

We support individuals and groups wanting to build new or develop established co-operative businesses. We provide co-operatives with support and services in the areas of business development, advocacy and education, and create opportunities to unite, collaborate and celebrate as one voice and movement. By encouraging co-operatives to connect, work and act as a co-ordinated group, we strive to build a higher profile with the public, government and with each other.

By promoting and raising awareness of co-operatives in the province as well as supporting their development, OCA helps to improve the lives of Ontarians. Co-operatives enable people to set up the products and services that they need, provide jobs, and contribute to the social and economic well-being of the communities in which they reside, thereby providing a better standard of living overall. Our membership is comprised of like-minded organizations whose support provides us with the resources to develop and strengthen the co-operative community.


OUR MISSION-VISION-VALUES

Our mission is to develop, support, educate, advocate and catalyze collaboration between co-operative businesses. 

Our vision is an Ontario where co-operatives and credit unions contribute to the sustainable growth and development of our communities. Co-operatives, together, building a better world.

Our core values are based on the relationships that we cultivate and the community that we serve. Our community is broadly based and includes our members, board directors, staff, partners, stakeholders, volunteers, affiliates, as well as government funding agencies and other national co-operative support organizations. We are highly committed to the values of people and community, education and innovation, collaboration and sustainability, and professional service.


OUR MANDATE / OVERARCHING GOALS:

  1. To be the voice of co-operatives in Ontario, to achieve greater knowledge of the advantages of co-operation in society and in business, and of the advantages of the co-operative business structure.
  2. To catalyze co-operation for the community, to achieve collaboration among co-operatives to identify and address community needs, and produce solutions implemented by the community, for the benefit of the community. 
  3. To support co-operative success, to ensure a thriving co-operative sector, grow the size and scope of the co-operative sector, and build a sustainable organization.

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