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 that grows with your support.

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.

Membership FAQ
A Co-op membership is different than other retail memberships because you’re actually buying a share in our business. It’s the fundamental way a co-operative is different from other business models – it means you own a share in the Co-op, you can vote in its annual meetings and you share in its profits.
No. Everyone is welcome to shop at Co-op locations across Western Canada. However, members are owners who help guide the business and benefit from profit-sharing.
Because each local co-op association sets its own bylaws, membership requirements may vary. Membership is generally open to any individual over 16 years of age and businesses.
It’s easy to become a member. Complete a Membership Application at your local Co-op location or on its website (if available) and purchase a share of the Co-op.
There is a one-time investment to purchase a share. This amount is set by each local co-op association, but is often around $10.
Once your application is submitted, you’ll receive a Co-op number to use when making purchases at your local co-op’s locations. This number tracks purchases and is used to determine potential cash back or equity.
A Co-op number represents ownership of your local co-op association, so it can only be used at locations operated by that association. Because each co-op association is a unique business that is locally owned and operated, your Co-op number cannot be used across Western Canada. However, you can become a member of as many co-op associations as you wish.
Yes! You can become a member of as many Co-op associations as you wish.
Because you’re buying a share in a business, your Social Insurance Number is required under Canada’s Income Tax Act. If applicable, your local Co-op will issue a T4A in advance of income tax filing deadlines.