Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation


In the Spirit of Canada's 150th, tell us your co-op story in 150 words!

  • How did you get into co-ops? 
  • What do co-ops mean to you? 
  • What is innovative about your co-op?

150 co-op STORIES and PHOTOS will be featured in a commemorative journal…. A social media time capsule for future generations of co-operators.

You can share your 150-word co-op post with us over Instagram @Coop150 or with an image of your choosing using the hashtag #coop150. We will share your post with all of Canada.

You can also send your story and a photo to cec@canada.coop for us to post on your behalf. Happy #Canada150!



Canada’s Emerging Co-operators (18-35) are celebrating the Canadian co-operative movement as part of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Styled after the popular “Humans of New York” social media story telling favorite, people will be challenged to tell their innovative co-op story in 150 words with a supporting photo or image.

The 150th Anniversary of Confederation is both a celebration and a reflection upon how Canada has built its institutions, its economy and its social fabric. By focusing on what people are doing with the co-operative model in Canada, we are documenting the ideas and projects emerging today for posterity. Any one of these personal stories could be documenting the next great Canadian co-operative or co-operator. The experiences that emerge from today’s co-operators will mark this moment as Canada’s social and economic evolution through the lived experiences of young co-operative entrepreneurs.

So, what’s your passionate co-op experience or idea? What does your co-op start-up look like in 50, or 150 years?

The most popular 150-word co-op story tellers will be showcased in Ottawa in June and in November as part of our official gatherings.

This social media story telling will be broadly promoted on Facebook and Instagram to build public perception of and understanding of the role of co-operatives in the Canadian economy. As many as 150 co-operative stories from across Canada collected over the length of the social media project will be published as a journal and submitted to Library and Archives Canada via legal deposit.