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OUR COOPERATIVE 

 

OUR STORY

Rooted in the agricultural community and leveraging our collective strengths, we contribute to feeding the world.

 

 AMBITION

Building on a cooperative model that is profitable and responsive, we will be recognized as a leader in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sectors, and the retail sector in Eastern Canada.

For passionate producers

Our producers have been fuelling our ambition for almost a hundred years. They strive every day to provide food to the people of Quebec and the world. 

That’s why, over the years, La Coop fédérée has integrated a supply network of products and services that are useful to and managed by producers. This allows our producers to get involved in the democratic process, giving them a real say about their future and ours. 

For conscious consumers

Our consumers are increasingly eager to eat local, high-quality products.  Eating local products is important to today’s consumers. Our members and employees work hard to meet their needs. Although agriculture is an important economic activity, it is first and foremost a deeply human activity with a rich history of women and men who, from one generation to the next, continually ensure that their fellow citizens have access to high-quality products that meet the highest standards of food biosecurity.

 

Our cooperative values

Honesty

Honesty

Everyone acts with a constant concern for transparency, both within the company and in its relationships with member cooperatives and other stakeholders. Everyone demonstrates their ability to admit their mistakes, gives credit where it is due, and seeks to avoid conflicts of interest. 

Equity

Equity

Every person, like every working group, treats their partners fairly and equitably. We believe that everyone deserves to find their place in the wider La Coop network, to be appreciated, and to progress within the network. 

Responsibility

Responsibility

Everyone fully assumes their functions within La Coop fédérée, specifically by ensuring sound governance of the members’ shared heritage, while making sure to fully meet their own commitments, as well as mutual and shared commitments, and to be responsible for their acts adhering to the sustainable development goals.

Solidarity

Solidarity

Inspired by a spirit of mutual assistance, we offer shared advice on how to achieve goals and complete common projects. We work together in an open and consistent way and we endorse decisions affecting the common good of the company.

Our Difference

1st

agri-food group in Quebec

2nd

food group in Canada

24th

largest agri-food cooperative in the world

$9,2B

in revenue

18,000

employees

69

cooperatives

120,000

members, farmers, and consumers

Frequently asked questions

Q:

How is power shared at La Coop fédérée’s annual general meetings?

R:

The cooperative principle of democracy requires that, in second-level cooperatives (the federation of cooperatives), the “one member, one vote” rule cannot be applied since members are cooperative businesses that have their own variously sized groups of members. Therefore, a core democratic mechanism needs to be implemented. At La Coop fédérée, the number of delegates to which each cooperative is entitled is calculated according to the number of members in the cooperative and the revenue it has generated with La Coop fédérée.

Q:

What is the relationship between La Coop fédérée and the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA)?

R:

The UPA is a trade union that represents Quebec’s farmers. La Coop’s network is a collection of cooperative businesses that are owned and operated by farmers. As such, members of La Coop are also members of the UPA. 

Q:

How does La Coop fédérée inspire community life across its network?

R:

La Coop fédérée organizes several meetings for its member throughout the year in addition to the mandatory annual general meeting. Here are a few of the annual events:

  • Network Presidents’ Forum
  • Semi-annual meeting
  • Colloque des coopératrices
  • President’s Tour
Q:

Does one have to be a farmer to be a member of an agricultural cooperative?

R:

No, members of an agricultural cooperative do not have to be farmers, provided that the cooperative’s regulations provide for auxiliary members.