CCA in 2012
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) 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. CCA provides leadership to promote, develop and unite co-operatives and credit unions for the benefit of people in Canada and around the world.
The Canadian priorities for the International Year, as identified by members of the Canadian National Sector Committee are:
• to raise the awareness and profile of co-operatives
• to help build and sustain the co-operative movement, and its capacity for growth and innovation
• to encourage and identify legacy initiatives that will outlive IYC
We know that local engagement will be the greatest factor to making the International Year of Co-operatives a success in Canada. At the national level, the key roles that CCA is playing include:
Creating this website, developing key messages, developing and making available IYC materials and products, developing a media strategy, making use of social media, etc.
CCA will continue efforts to increase recognition and understanding of co-operatives and credit unions with the federal government, and resources will also be provided to support provincial and municipal government relations
We imagine there will be many events and celebrations taking place across Canada during the International Year, CCA will take the lead on the IYC launch in Canada, a 2012 Congress in Montreal, and promotion of Co-op Week and International Co-op Day in 2012
International co-operative development
Through CCA's international development program and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF), we will be working with Canadian's and our international partners to celebrate and create connections with co-operators around the world
Youth and education
Youth are a key IYC audience, and outreach to this group will be done in partnership with the provincial associations and CCA's National Youth Caucus
For more information on CCA's plans, check out our national action plan.