The Canadian Co-operative Association is a national association for co-operatives in Canada, representing more than nine million co-operative and credit union members from over 2,000 organizations. Individual co-op members are represented by CCA either directly through their co-operative, through their provincial co-op associations or credit union central, or through sectoral organizations. CCA is itself a federally-incorporated co-operative, owned by its member organizations.
CCA members come from many sectors of the economy, including finance, insurance, agri-food and supply, wholesale and retail, housing, health and the service sector.
CCA's mission is three-fold. It:
- Promotes the co-operative model and profiles the economic and social contributions of co-operatives and credit unions;
- Develops co-operatives in Canada, and in over 40 countries, by securing an enabling and supportive legislative environment, and by securing or providing technical and financial resources to help emerging co-operatives; and
- Unites co-operatives from different industry sectors and regions of Canada around a common co-operative identity, a common sense of purpose, and a common voice to government.
CCA supports its members and the co-op sector through the provision of services in three core areas-development (Canadian and international), government affairs & public policy, and common table. CCA also works closely with its sister organization, the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité, which represents the francophone co-operative sector.
The organization's strategic direction and leadership resides with an elected board of 13 directors. A summary of activities can be found in CCA's annual reports.