Co-op Week 2021

23 Sep 2021 | Events, Past events

The Co-op Week takes place from October 17 to 23, 2021.  

Every year, co-operatives, and the people behind them, celebrate the co-operative movement and values in Canada.  

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) wishes to spread the word:  

Cooperation is the solution to building a better, more prosperous, and united future, with a perspective on sustainable development and inspired by our cooperative values.

Therefore, the theme in 2021 is:  

Embracing the future with cooperation

The chosen theme is meant to doubly qualify the collective future that we want:  

  • Gathering, which connects us to each other;
  • and that looks like the community in which the co-operative evolves.
History of Canada’s Co-op Week

Francophones in Canada have been celebrating Co-op Week since 1958. In 1981, English-speaking co-ops in the Maritimes and Saskatchewan organized celebrations to mark the event. The Week went national in 1982 thanks to the support of the Co-operative Union of Canada, a predecessor of the Canadian Co-operative Association. Co-op Week appears to be a unique phenomenon in Canada. In the United States, October is Co-op Month, and the International Co-operative Alliance and the United Nations observe an International Co-operative Day on the first Saturday of July. The week is always celebrated the same week as International Credit Union Day, the third Thursday in October each year.


Enter for a chance to win $250 worth of co-op products and services for #CoopWeek! 
Are you proudly supporting a co-op in your community? Tell us which one!  
Fill out the form by clicking here and identify your favorite co-op in the comments of this post (to come).  
You will have a chance to win a gift basket of co-operative products and services and from your region, valued at $250, thanks to Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada. 
The contest begins on September 27, 2021, at 7:00am ET and ends on October 10, 2021, at 11:59pm ET. 
Participate now!

Communication kit

You can download the visual kit to share with your network about your participation in the co-operative movement. Your involvement is essential. 
Key messages:

Celebrate #CoopWeek October 17 to 23: Embracing the future with cooperation. Because co-operatives contribute to prosperity, social equity, and environmental justice in their communities. A solution that brings us closer to a better world! 
Download the kit

Before the official start of Co-op Week, we will be inviting people to participate in a series of activities to strengthen the sense of belonging to the Canadian co-op movement and to raise awareness of its diversity.

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