Co-operatives in Canada, 2018

Release date: December 13, 2019

Infographic: Co-operatives in Canada, 2018
Description: Co-operatives in Canada, 2018

Co-operatives in Canada, 2018

As of 2018, there were 5,846 active non-financial co-operatives in Canada, an increase of 92 from 2017.

Number of active cooperatives, 2018
Region No. of active cooperatives, 2018
Alberta 497
British Columbia 444
Manitoba 268
New Brunswick 114
Newfoundland and Labrador 33
Nova Scotia 208
Ontario 1,106
Prince Edward Island 69
Quebec 2,598
Saskatchewan 466
Territories 43

More than half of non-financial co-operatives operated in three sectors

Number of active cooperatives, 2018 and Industry sector
Industry sector No. of co-operatives, 2018
Real estate and rental and leasing 1,950 (33.4%)
Wholesale and retail trade 845 (14.5%)
Health care and social assistance 508 (8.7%)

In 2018, active non-financial co-operatives provided employment to 103,470 people, and 99.1% of co-operatives with employees were small or medium enterprises (1 to 499 employees). These co-operatives provided $2.4 billion in salaries and wages.

Number of active cooperatives, 2018 and Employment size group
Employment size group No. of active cooperatives, 2018
No employees (removed 'or unknown') 3,047
1 to 99 employees 2,626
100 to 499 employees 149
500 employees or more 24

The growth of active non-financial co-operative businesses continued through 2018.

Growth of active non-financial co-operative businesses for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018
  2016 2017 2018
Revenue in billions 45.0 48.6 52.9

In 2018, active non-financial co-operatives in Canada

  • held $42.5 billion in assets
  • generated over $49.1 billion in total sales
  • controlled $22.7 billion in shareholder equity

Source: Statistics Canada Linkable File Environment. List of co-operatives provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

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