Queen's Park Reception

  

 

Highlights from the 2022 Co-operative Queen’s Park Reception & Lobby Day

 
On October 26, co-operative and credit union representatives, MPPs and staff came together for the  Co-operative Queen’s Park Reception, which highlighted the incredible collaboration efforts of the sector to bring awareness and support to co-operatives of all kinds, across the Province.
 
The day was organized as a collaboration between OCA, the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) and Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario (CCO), who have been working closely together for a number of years to raise awareness of Ontario’s co-operative businesses.

This year’s event re-engaged MPPs and Ministers after an almost three-year hiatus from visiting Queen’s Park due to COVID restrictions. We saw many familiar faces and made many new connections as well. It seems our momentum was not lost!

During the reception we heard from OCA Board Chair, Jordan Moat, President of the Board of CCO, Lucie Huot and CCUA Board Director, George De La Rosa. Two of our current MPP Co-op Caucus Co-Chairs, Matt Rae (Conservative MPP, Perth-Wellington), and Mike Schreiner (Green Party Leader, Guelph) spoke passionately about their support of co-operatives and the significant contributions they make to the province.

For the specific meetings held that day, OCA focused its advocacy on where co-operatives can provide solutions to current challenges facing the province, as well as how improved regulation or legislation could help level the playing field for co-operatives (see the You Tube videos below on the key issues we are advocacting for). We met with Sam Oosterhoff (Conservative MPP, Niagara West), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Red Tape Reduction, to bring awareness to our need to increase offering statement limits. We also met with Matt Rae (Conservative MPP, Perth—Wellington), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, to bring awareness of the challenges facing daycare co-ops, and the need to bring co-operative education into the Ontario curriculum. Lastly, we met with Mitzie Hunter (Liberal, Scarborough—Guildwood) Ontario Liberal Party Deputy Leader, and Critic for Education, Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Treasury Board, and Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, to speak candidly about all the ways co-operatives have an impact in our communities and how to raise their profile.

Due to the busy schedules of MPPs on October 26th, we have also scheduled a number of virtual meetings in the coming weeks to round out our lobbying efforts.

We would like to thank Co-operators, GROWMARK, Inc., and Lerners LLP for their generous support of this event, Meridian Credit Union and Libro Credit Union for their support of our Government Relations strategic area, as well as the co-operative leaders and stakeholders from across Ontario who were in attendance, helping to make it a great success.


Check out these short reels on our key advocacy topics:

   

   

   

   

   

   

  

 

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