Everything you need to create and operate a cooperative.
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Incorporate your cooperative
Create a cooperative
Create a cooperative under the Canada Cooperatives Act by filing an application with Corporations Canada.
Name a cooperative
There are important things to keep in mind when naming your federal cooperative. Consult this guide to learn more.
Steps after submitting your application
Learn about our application process and what you can do after your filing.
Find out more about our services, fees and processing times.
Maintain your cooperative
Learn about your reporting obligations under the Canada Cooperatives Act and how to keep your cooperative in good standing.
Federal corporations must file an annual return with Corporations Canada every year.
Order copies of corporate documents
Copies of corporate documents are often needed by financial institutions to open a bank account.
File and pay for an application
Find out how to file and pay for your cooperative application.
Get a certificate of existence or a certificate of compliance
These certificates are often needed to support loan requests or to provide assurance to potential suppliers or buyers.
Find forms that you may need for your cooperative.
Make changes to your cooperative
A guide on how to merge 2 or more cooperatives and carry on as one.
Amend the articles of a cooperative
Amend the articles of a cooperative under the Canada Cooperatives Act by filing an application.
Close your cooperative
Guide on dissolving a cooperative
Follow these steps to prepare a request to dissolve a cooperative.
Legislation and other related documents
- Analysis of the changes to the Canada Cooperatives Act (section by section)
- Canada Cooperatives Act
- Canada Cooperatives Regulations
- Glossary for the Canada Cooperatives Act
- Legislative Summary: Bill S-11
- Regulatory impact analysis statement – Amendments to the Canada Cooperatives Regulations