Queen's Park Reception



After a three-year hiatus, we are pleased to announce that the Co-operative Queen’s Park Reception and Lobby Day will take place on a NEW DATE of Wedneday, October 26. This year, we are excited to be hosting the event in collaboration with the Canadian Credit Union Association and the Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario!


We are organizing a Lobby Day to take place prior to the evening reception, to bring issues important to co-operatives to MPPs, Ministers and their staff. Please contact us if your co-op or credit union has a concern that they would like to address with your MPP or a Ministry, so we can work through an advocacy strategy prior to the Lobby Day on the 26th.

The Reception will take place from 5:00 – 7:00pm in Committee rooms 228 & 230.

For anyone who wishes to brush up on their advocacy skills, we are hosting a 20-minute session with Michael Ras of Counsel Public Affairs, at 4:30pm in the basement cafeteria - come a bit early and met us there!


This year during the Lobby Day, we will be organizing meetings with Ministry offices to advocate for three specific areas where co-operatives can provide solutions to current challenges facing the province: childcare, eldercare and renewable energy, as well as seeking increases to the limits on Offering Statements, and the need for including co-operatives in the curriculum of highschools. Guidance notes will be provided to those participating in the meetings. We are also creating a series of short reels (below) on each of these topics, that will be posted as they become available!


We'd like to thank Co-operators for their continued and generous sponsorship of this year's event!

If your co-operative would like to be highlighted with a banner in the room, on our website and via our social media channels, please consider sponsoring the Reception. While we do not have a formal sponsorship package this year, your support would go a long way in making this day a great success. Please contact Audrey Aczel at [email protected] with your sponsorship questions and/or support.


Registration is free, but mandatory to gain access to the legislative building, and spaces are limited - so register today! During registration, you can indicate if you would like to take part in the Lobby Day meetings as well as the reception, and you will be contacted with more details.


Check out these short reels on our key advocacy topics:




2019 Reception Highlights

In partnership with the Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario, OCA hosted a Co-operative Queen's Park Reception on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Over 100 co-operators attended, as well as the 32 MPPs and government staff. Read a detailed summary of the event highlights here and check out the photo gallery from the Reception! 

Event Sponsors