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Saskatchewan Co-operative Association
Feb 10
2017

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How many co-operatives are there?

Good question. Getting current statistics can be challenging. As of mid 2018, here is the information we have:

  • About 950 co-operatives and credit unions are registered in Saskatchewan, operating in 24 key sectors of the province's economy.

- To see the most up to date count of how many credit unions and members are in Saskatchewan, click here.

- To see the up to date information about the retail co-ops and members of the Co-op Retailing System, click here

  • About 8,000 co-operatives and credit unions in Canada
    To view an interactive map of all co-operative, credit union and mutual head offices in Canada created by Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, click here
  • Approximately 3 million co-operatives in the world

 

miscellaneousicon 000How many co-ops are in your community?

Find out on SCA's interactive Co-op & Credit Union Google Earth Map. *We made this map a few years ago, so recently incorporated co-ops won't be listed here.

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How many members do co-ops have?

  • Hundreds of thousands of members in Saskatchewan, over 1 million memberships, for example:
    • There are more than 422,000 active members of at least one retail co-op in Saskatchewan
    • Credit Unions in Saskatchewan offer financial products and services to approximately 476,000 members.
  • In Canada, four of every ten Canadians, or 18,000,000 people, are members of at least one co-operative. In Quebec, approximately 70% of the population are co-op members, while in Saskatchewan 56% are members.
  • Canada has one of the highest per-capita credit union membership in the world: 33 per cent of Canadians are a member of at least one credit union.
  • There are over 1 billion members of co-operatives in over 90 countries around the world.

How many people do co-operatives employ?

  • Co-operatives in Saskatchewan employ about 15,000 people
  • In Canada, co-operatives and credit unions employ over 195,000 people.
  • The Desjardins movement (savings and credit co-operatives) is the largest employer in the province of Québec and has 5.8 million members.
  • Co-operatives provide over 250 million jobs around the world, 20% more than multinational enterprises

A Look at the Saskatchewan Co-operative Sector

  • Consumer co-ops make up the largest segment in Saskatchewan, at 80%, followed by producer co-ops at about 18%.
  • The top five co-operative sectors are: Agriculture and Retail (Tied at 19% each of all SK co-ops), Arts/Entertainment/Recreation (15%), Child care (14%) and Financial/Insurance (12%)
  • Of the co-ops still operating today, 2 were incorporated in the 1910's, 16 were incorporated in the 1920's and 39 were incorpoated in the 1930's.
  • Below are some co-operative statistics based on the report "Co-operatives in Canada 2015" by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). 
    ISED conducted a survey of non-financial co-operatives in Canada in 2015. Of the 4,960 non-financial co-operatives that participated in the survey (63% of all co-ops in Canada)... 
    • 11% - SK ranks third in the number of co-ops in Canada (behind QC 36% and ON 23%)
    • $12.693 billion - Business volume of reporting SK co-ops (**ranked #2, after Quebec)
    • $8.624 million - Value of sector assets of reporting SK co-ops **
    • 12,627 - Number of employess of reporting SK co-ops **
    • 549,000 - Number of memberships of reporting SK co-ops

Co-operative Firsts...

  • 1895 - A group of dairy farmers in the settlement of Saltcoats formed the Province’s first co­-operative butter creamery, which was officially incorporated in 1897.
  • 1910 - The Jewish Colonization Association established the first Credit Union in Western Canada in Wapella, Saskatchewan.
  • 1935 - Canada’s first and only refinery - Consumers’ Co-operative Refinery - owned by Saskatchewan's Federated Co­-operatives Ltd., is established in Regina
  • 1977 - Sherwood Credit Union in Regina introduced the world’s first Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
  • 1985 - The first true debit card was piloted in the Swift Current area and involved the installation of a point of sale system at 28 Pioneer Co­op outlets
  • The first co-operative business in North America, a consumer’s co-op store, was established by immigrant coal miners in Nova Scotia.

Canadian Co-operative Facts and Statistics

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  • HERE is an interactive map showing all of the head office locations of every active co-operative, credit union and mutual in Canada, courtesy of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada. Zoom in to view co-ops by location, and see their type, sector and incorporation date. 
  • Research has demonstrated many times that co-operatives are resilient and have a stronger rate of start up success over other forms of business. Co-ops also demonstrate a higher survival rate than other forms of enteprise. A study published by the Quebec Ministry of industry and Commerce in 2008 shows that the long-term survival rate of co-operative enterprises is almost twice that of investor-owned companies. Similar studies and BC and AB have also shown positive results in co-op resilience.
  • Co-ops in Canada are led by 100,000 volunteer directors and committee members
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op is the largest retail co-operative in Canada
  • Credit unions are the only financial institution operating in 369 Canadian communities. That's in addition to the 1800 branches located from coast to coast
  • Eight of the world's Top 300 Co-operatives 2017 are located in Canada:  Desjardins Group, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Agropur Coopérative, La Coop fedéréee, The Co-operators Group, Wawanesa Mutual, SSQ Financial Group and La Capitale. 
  • Based on ISED's "Co-operative in Canada 2015" report on 4,960 surveyed non-financial co-operatives...
    • Consumer co-ops form the largest part of the non-financial co-operative sector at 69%, followed by Producer (14%), Multi-stakeholder (10%) and Worker (5%).
    • 50% of surveyed co-ops have 0 employees. 1-99 empoloyees: 47%; 100-499 employees: 2.5%; 500+ employees: 0.5%
    • 53% of surveyed co-ops were established 40+ years ago
    • View some highlights of the report here
  • National statistics...
    • 21 million - member/owners
    • $620 billion - assets under management
    • 195,000 - jobs in every sector and every region of the country
    • $78 billion - in annual revenues
    • 3.4% of GDP

More Worldwide Co-operative Statistics

  • Co-operatives provide jobs or work opportunities to 280 million people - about 10% of the employed population
  • The Top 300 co-ops in the world in 2017 generated 2.1 trillion USD in turnover
    • Of the Top 300 co-operatives worldwide, 41% are in the insurance sector, 30% agriculture and food, 19% wholesale and retail, 6% banking 
  • One in every six people world wide is a co-op member (about 1 billion) 

The United Nations Sustainability Goals and Co-operatives

With its 1 Billion member-owners globally (21 Million in Canada) and 280 Million jobs globally (195,000 in Canada), co-operatives are perfectly positioned to deliver on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The SDGs are part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly: "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada has created a powerful video to demonstrate the link between the UN's SDGs and co-operatives. Watch it HERE

 

MLAKITCoverwebCo-operative Information Booklet

A few years ago. Saskatchewan Co-operative Association published "Saskatchewan Co-operatives: Supporting Economic Growth and Sustainability". The booklet contains basic information about co-operatives, co-operative statistics, stories of successful co-operatives and ideas about where the co-operative model may be used to support continued economic growth in Saskatchewan. The booklet also contains information about the work of Saskatchewan Co-operative Association and information about our member organizations. While still relevant and indicative of the size, scope and strength of the Saskatchewan co-operative sector, some of the statistical information is becoming dated. 

 

Co-op Statistics from Co-operative Information Booklet

(Older but still relevant)

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