A Century of Co-operation

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is the national organization representing co-operatives in Canada. In its centennial year in 2009, the organization marked the anniversary with the creation of a book on the rich history of co-operatives and credit unions in Canada. Written by Ian MacPherson, the preeminent Canadian scholar on the subject, the book entitled A Century of Co-operation traces the early origins of the co-operative movement in Canada as people in small towns across the country embraced the idea of working together to own businesses that created local jobs and sustainable communities. Over time, these businesses grew into large national and international operations engaged in almost every sector of the Canadian economy. Today, there are nearly 9,000 co-ops and credit unions across Canada with more than 17 million members and $275 billion in assets.

A Century of Co-operation tells this dramatic Canadian story in words and pictures. Working closely with the author and CCA staff, History Lives Here Inc. contributed research and digital media skills to source and enhance archival photographs for this anniversary publication.