Information compilation

Review each of the cooperative websites (listed on last page) and answer the following questions.

  • The information may not be available on their website in that case simply state N/A.
  • Answers may be simply Yes/No or a figure (eg dollar value or quantity)
  • When possible elaborate – 30-40 words maximum per question


  1. Provide a brief history and current description of each co-op
  2. Define the membership;
    1. Demographics
    2. Role they play – eg: service users, workers, service providers
    3. Key goods or services supported or provided by coop
      1. List of key services provided
      2. List of other services supported by coop where coop is not the primary provider of the service
      3. Business
        1. number of members
        2. services to members only or also to non-members (general public)?
        3. Cost of Membership
        4. Are there additional fees for services?
        5. Staff numbers
          1.                                                               i.      How many
          2.                                                             ii.      Diversity (cultural, gender etc)
          3.                                                           iii.      Part time/Full time
          4.                                                            iv.      Any mention of wage levels?
  3. Financial information
    1.                                                               i.      Do they have a published balance sheet or financial report available on the web to members
  4. Is there any mention of patronage payments or equity offered to members?
  5. Member engagement – any mention of voting turn outs or member committees
  6. Board Governance
    1. Number on Board
    2. Any indication of remuneration for Board Members
    3. Term of office
    4. What were the business problems/opportunities that spurred the development of this cooperative?
    5. Address the following issues related to the coop
      1. The relationship, if any, to the co-operative principles; does the organization adhere to the coop principles?
      2. The effects, if any, on the co-op’s performance in implementing co-operative principles;does operating under cooperative principles enhance or hinder the growth of the cooperative?
      3. What are the future directions the co-operative has indicated it might be expanding to support


Follow the question format and answer by identifying number



Background Information:


7 Cooperative Principles:

Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principles and values, adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance in 1995. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.

1. Voluntary and Open MembershipCooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2. Democratic Member ControlCooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.

3. Members’ Economic ParticipationMembers contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.

4. Autonomy and IndependenceCooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.

5. Education, Training and InformationCooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.

6. Cooperation among Cooperatives:Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

7. Concern for CommunityWhile focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.






Coop Websites:

This first organization is the umbrella organization providing support to the following – the questions will be similar but the support and services will be entirely different as they support other cooperatives and the cooperatives support individual members


Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative Ltd. – Connecting families and communities in Edmonton, Alberta to resources for health and well being.

Victoria Community Health Cooperative – Built upon the foundations of community ownership, accessibility, integrative health and co-operation. Victoria, British Columbia.

Pacific Rim Health Services Cooperative – Port Alberni’s not-for-profit cooperative health care provider.

Regina Community Clinic – Located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Regina Community Clinic is a multidisciplinary, primary health care provider.

Ys Owl Maclure Cooperative Centre Inc. – Building opportunities for people with disAbilities in Ottawa, Ontario.

Careforce Home Care Worker Cooperative Ltd. – Providing Kentville, NS with effective and accessible home care services in a compassionate and confidential manner.

Community Health Services (Saskatoon) Association Ltd. – Proactively improving the health of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

NorWest Co-op Community Health – Engaging our community in co-operative health and

Team Werks Cooperative Ltd –  Team Werks Cooperative is one of the largest worker coops in Ontario.

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