The Canada Cooperatives Act (CCA), which came into force December 31, 1999, provides a legislative framework for the incorporation of non-financial co-operatives at the federal level. It is modelled on federal acts governing the incorporation of business corporations and co-operatives in the financial sector and on best practices adopted at the international level. It gives federally-incorporated cooperatives modern tools to help them prosper and achieve their full growth potential for the benefit of their members, workers and consumers across Canada.

On November 24th, 2001, Bill S-11 brought further changes to the CCA which harmonized its provisions for corporate governance with the Canada Business Corporations Act.

For more information on cooperative and how to incorporate your cooperative, please visit the Co-operative's Policy website.