There are about 850 co-op and credit union head offices registered in Saskatchewan, many with branch locations all across the province. We've assembled some easy to read information about SK, Canadian and international co-ops on this page.
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- How many co-operatives are there?
- How many co-ops are in your community?
- How many members do co-ops have?
- How many people do co-ops employ?
- A look at the Saskatchewan co-operative sector
- Co-operative firsts
- Other Canadian co-operative facts and statistics
- More Worldwide co-operative statistics
- The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Co-operatives
- Co-operative Information Booklet
Good question. Getting current statistics can be challenging. As of mid 2021, here is the information we have:
- About 850 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 and other statistics, click here
- To see the up to date information about the retail co-ops and members of the Co-op Retailing System, click here
- To see the 100 largest credit unions in Canada and other statistics, click here
- About 8,000 co-operatives and credit unions in Canada
To view an interactive directory and 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
Find out on SCA's interactive Co-op and Credit Union Google Earth Map. *We made this map a few years ago, so recently incorporated co-ops won't be listed here.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- HERE is an interactive directory and 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. Search by co-op type, sector, city or province.
- 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
- Credit unions are the only financial institution operating in 394 Canadian communities. That's in addition to the 1800 branches located from coast to coast
- Eight of the world's Top 300 Co-operatives in 2020 were located in Canada: Desjardins Group (Mouvement Desjardins), Federated Co-operatives Limited, Agropur Coopérative, La Coop fedéréee (Sollio), The Co-operators Group, Wawanesa Mutual, SSQ Financial Group (now Beneva)and La Capitale (now Beneva)
- 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 employees: 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
- To view an infographic of Co-operatives in Canada, 2018 (released December, 2019) click HERE.
- National statistics...
- 21 million - member/owners
- $620 billion - assets under management
- 195,000 - jobs in every sector and every region of the country, providing more than $2.4 billion in salaries and wages
- $78 billion - in annual revenues
- 3.4% of GDP
- 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, 39% are in the insurance sector, 31.7% agriculture and food, 17.7% wholesale and retail, 7% banking and financial services. 1% for each of: industry and utilities; and health, education and social care 1%.
- 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.
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)