A different kind of business
Co-op is a different kind of business. And that difference begins with membership.
You don’t need to be a member to shop at Co-op, but you’ll be missing out on the benefits of belonging to our business.
At Co-op, membership isn’t a rewards program. It means you own part of your local co-operative association. As an owner, you have the ability to participate in the democratic decision-making process by asking questions, voting on resolutions, electing board members or even sitting on the board yourself.
Each year, local co-ops may return a part of their profits back to members based on how much you shop with them and how well the business performs. Some of this is returned as equity, which is like a savings account or RRSP that grows over time.
We’re more than just a place to shop. We’re a business built to support our community and meet the needs of our members. Decisions and policies on membership are made locally and vary between co-op associations.
Apply for a membership
Apply to become a Co-op member at your local association. Many Co-ops offer online applications, or you can sign up in person at the location nearest you.
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