Co-op Week 2018 will take place from October 14-20.

Co-op week is a celebration of Canadian co-operative and credit union members. Co-op Week is always celebrated during the same week as International Credit Union Day, which is the third Thursday in October of each year.

This year's theme celebrates the worker bees and the hive, which are an age-old symbol of the co-operative movement that adorned the very first Rochdale Pioneers store in Manchester, UK. This year, we celebrate the power of the hive mind, working together and solving new challenges. The creative look incorporates the international co-op identity and is available in six colours to align with your brand.  We ask you to download and decorate your co-op October 14 - 20 and share your co-op values and principles!

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Co-op Week 2018 will celebrate how co-operatives are helping Canadians by  Solving Challenges Together

The History of Co-op Week in Canada

Co-op Week has been celebrated by francophones throughout Canada since 1958. In 1981 celebrations were held among anglophone co-ops in the Maritimes and Saskatchewan. The event went national in 1982 with the encouragement of the Co-operative Union of Canada, a predecessor of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.

Co-op Week appears to be a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. In the US, October is Co-op Month, and the International Co-operative Alliance and United Nations have an International Day of Co-operatives on the first Saturday in July.

International Credit Union Day, co-ordinated by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU),  has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948.