Co-op is a different kind of business. We return profits to our members and give back to our communities every day. From hosting a local barbecue to funding through the Co-op Community Spaces Program, Co-ops are helping improve more than 580 communities in Western Canada, from Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario.

2018 Co-op Community Spaces Projects

The Co-op Community Spaces Program is providing $2 million to help projects like a learning garden at the public library in Victoria, B.C., an inclusive playground in Airdrie, Alta., the Children’s Discovery Museum in Saskatoon, Sask., and a multi-use trail network near Dauphin, Man.

Co-op Community Spaces: Red Bench

The 2018 promotional campaign features past funding recipients and music from Saskatoon’s Rosie and the Riveters.

Program receives two awards

In 2018, Co-op Community Spaces was recognized by the Retail Council of Canada and International Association of Business Communicators. For more information visit

Launch of new Co-op fundraiser

On Sept. 19, 2017, more than 380 Co-op Gas Bars throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwest Ontario participated in Fuel Good Day.

Youth facility gets makeover

Throughout 2017, it became evident the Nawican Friendship Centre in Dawson Creek, B.C., was in need of a transformation. The Dawson Co-op Association provided 13 gallons of paint for the project as part of the Co-op Communities in Full Colour Program. Read more at

Community garden takes shape

The transformation of the West End Community Garden in Dauphin, Man., is nothing short of inspiring. Helping to make the facelift possible, Dauphin Co-op provided six staff volunteers and donated six gallons of paint as part of Co-op’s Communities in Full Colour Program. Read more at

Dino-Mite Donation

Through the Communities in Full Colour program, Drumheller Co-op donated 100 cans of CO-OP® Imagine Exterior paint – as well as provided staff volunteers – to support the mammoth restoration project. Read more at

Day of Caring brightens lives of others

On March 8, 2017, 12 Saskatoon Co-op employees volunteered to help put the finishing touches on Cosmo’s restoration project as part of the organization’s inaugural Day of Caring event and Communities in Full Colour. Read more at

Coffee in support of cancer research

Co-op is excited to announce the return of its annual Drink Pink campaign. For every cup of coffee sold in October, five cents will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in support of breast cancer research. More details are available at

Co-op helps raise more than $800K for Fort McMurray

Following the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., in 2016, local Co-ops across Western Canada — along with their members and customers — teamed up to contribute more than $816,000 in support of the relief efforts. Read more at

Co-op donates over $1 million to the Canadian Red Cross

Co-op donated over $1 million to the Canadian Red Cross between 2012 and 2017.

Co-ops donate $50,940 to BC wildfire relief

The Canadian Red Cross will have $50,940 added to the 2017 B.C. Wildfire Appeal thanks to a generous donation from Vancouver Island Co-ops and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) in Saskatoon.

Co-op responds to 2016 wildfires in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Two provinces, two summers and tales of two wildfires. For details please visit

Donations grow for program supporting hockey community

The SJHL Assistance Program was established immediately following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in April 2018. Co-op was among the first to make a donation to the new Program. The donation from Co-op – which includes Federated Co-operatives Limited, local Co-ops, their members and customers – has grown to more than $768,000.

The gift card that gives

Purchase one of four limited edition CO-OP® Gift Cards between Nov. 5 and Dec. 28, 2018, and help contribute to local emergency relief efforts by the Canadian Red Cross.

Co-op and the Canadian Red Cross: A Partnership to be Proud of

In 2018, Co-op formally renewed its commitment to the Canadian Red Cross by signing a five-year agreement to donate up to $1.5 million between 2018 and 2022. The funds will be used to support disaster management and emergency response services in Western Canadian communities.

A time of need: Peter’s story

In the midst of a family emergency, Co-op employee Peter Brown experienced first-hand how the Canadian Red Cross helps people in times of need.

80-year-old barn gets a fresh look

40 Co-op and community volunteers brightened up the historic barn at the Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alta. Read more at

Co-op Give Cards help generate $200,000 donation

Thanks to the generous support of our members and customers, Co-op will donate $200,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in January, 2019.

Co-op accepting applications for community funding

In 2019, Co-op Community Spaces is dedicating $2 million in funding and is accepting applications for capital projects bringing Western Canadian communities together.  

New milestones, projects for Co-op Community Spaces

The Co-op Community Spaces Program is celebrating two milestones in 2019 – its fifth anniversary and funding for over 100 projects since the program’s inception.

Thanks for supporting breast cancer research

Between 2010 and 2018, the campaign raised more than $641,000 for breast cancer research.

Fuel Good Day Raises $685K

The third annual Fuel Good Day on Sept. 17 has been the most successful to date with more than $685,000 raised across Western Canada.

Holiday Give Card campaign generates $200,000 donation

Thanks to the generous support of our members and customers, Co-op will donate $200,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in January, 2020.

Co-op welcomes applications for community funding

Entering its sixth year, Co-op is accepting applications for community-driven projects that will bring people together in local spaces across Western Canada. 

Co-ops step up to Flatten the Curve

In recent weeks, we have seen local shops close, calls for social distancing and millions of people across the world modifying their daily lives in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Co-ops introduce alternative shopping solutions during pandemic

Co-ops across Western Canada are taking several steps to make shopping easier during the global pandemic. While in-store social distancing efforts are in place, many co-ops saw the need to offer more options to their customers. 


Co-ops continue to support local charities and food banks

Co-ops across Western Canada are finding ways to support local charitable organizations and food banks as they navigate this unprecedented time and fulfill some of the community’s greatest needs. 

Co-op recognizes those helping and needing help during pandemic

In the spirit of the international #GivingTuesdayNow, we’re launching Co-op Helps – our way of responding to the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and those expected in the coming months.

Helper Highlight: Neighbourhood Support Team

One of the most important things that we have learned from the COVID-19 crisis is that community matters. During this time, individuals have banded together to create support systems in their neighbourhoods and larger communities.

Helper Highlight: Baking for the Block

Sometimes helping is all about making people smile. In the midst of a global crisis, there is a lot to worry about. But, scattered through every community there are individuals who are persistently positive, proactive and dedicated to making their neighbours feel better.

Helper Highlight: Supporting Students in Need

Children have experienced a lot of change during COVID-19. School closures, loss of social circles and remote lesson plans have created a heavy burden for children and parents alike.

Helper Highlight: Providing Care in Porcupine Plain

COVID-19 has made vulnerable populations even more vulnerable. With the added threat to seniors and immunocompromised peoples, many individuals have been unable to visit their elderly family members.