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Online Co-operative Resources

Want to see what’s out there on the big bad web? We’ve saved you the time by outlining some key co-op resources for you below!


  1. Co-operative Learning


The Guidance Notes to the Co-operative Principles [ICA] aim to state our 21st century understanding of the application of the Principles in contemporary terms.

Centre for Study of Co-operatives is an interdisciplinary teaching and research centre located at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Canadian Co-operative Research Network manages an open research library of journal articles, trade publications, and archived documents on co-operatives from around the world.

Co-operative Education Network (ACE) has a variety of free and paid-for online curated learning paths for people with all levels of co-operative knowledge. They also have an excellent ‘Library’ resource on co-operative movement education.


2. Canadian Co-operative Organizations


Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) collaborates with a network of provincial co-operative associations (see below) and provides representation for Canadian co-ops to the International Co-operative Alliance.

Co-operatives First is a business development organization focused on increasing rural and Indigenous economic development across western Canada.

Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) is an international development organization building prosperity in communities around the world.

CoopZone is a network of people and organizations which help others to start and develop co-operatives. 

The Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund provides access to growth capital for small-medium sized co-operatives.


3. News & Branding


Alberta Co-op News is a monthly newsletter summarizing the latest co-op sector news in the province.

Daily Co-operative News by FullIntel is a Daily News Service that emails selected Canadian co-operative stories to subscribers.

The .coop identity enables co-operatives across the world to visually use the marque and domain to distinguish yourself as a co-operative business

Co-op News is a great resource to stay updated on the latest global co-operative news. is a great site with tons of inspiring examples of co-operatives from all over the world


4. Sector Research and Whitepapers