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 VISION is an Ontario where co-operatives contribute to the sustainable growth and development of our communities, and to the overall social, economic and environmental well-being of the province. We believe that co-operatives, together, build a better world.

Our MISSION is to support, promote, advocate and provide educational programs and training for Ontario's co-operatives.

We are highly committed to the VALUES of people, community, education, innovation, collaboration, sustainability and professional service.

Our MANDATE is to be the voice of co-operatives, encourage co-operation and support co-operative success.

Check out our latest Annual Report to learn more about us!