Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA) is the apex organization for the province’s 950 co operatives and credit unions and is part of a network of provincial and territorial co-operative associations in Canada.
SCA is incorporated as a community service co-operative and is owned by its members, many of which are co-op federations or associations. On behalf of the Saskatchewan co-operative community, SCA works to support and promote the co-operative model for community and economic development.
SCA is a member of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, and through CMC is affiliated with the International Co-operative Alliance.
The Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, also known as SCYP or Co-op Camp, is a core program of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association. Click HERE to learn more about SCYP.
View our Co-operative Information Kit here.
SCA’s work focuses on:
Promote the co-operative model as a mechanism for community and economic development. Provide advisory services, information about the co-op model and training courses related to co-op development, governance and understanding co-operatives.
Community Awareness, Business and Government Relations
Encourage, initiate and participate in activities that represent and advance the collective interests of the co-operative sector. In conjunction with the SCA Public Policy Committee, SCA provides support to help its members advance provincial policy issues.
Youth Education and Involvement
Engage youth in activities and development opportunities that strengthen their capacity and the co-operative sector through the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program.
Member Services, Education and Communications
Provide quality information services that communicate the value of co-operatives and SCA, through events and activities such as the Co-op Merit Awards, Co-op Classic Golf Tournament, and the Co-operative Spotlight newsletter.
Sustainability and Accountability
Ensure appropriate funding is in place and allocated to programs and services to implement the strategic goals of Saskatchewan Co-operative Association.
All of SCA's work is framed within a co-operative vision, mission and set of values:
Saskatchewan Co-operative Association will be the recognized leader of an innovative, growth oriented and vibrant co-operative sector in Saskatchewan
To support and enable strong and thriving co-operatives in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Co-operative Association supports the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) statement on co-operative identity that says:
"Co-operatives are based on values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity" and "the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others" and "the co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice."
Saskatchewan Co-operative Association values and demonstratives addition practices that include social responsibility; application of knowledge; productive action; respect; integrity; passion and enthusiasm; continuous learning; open communication; teamwork; and relationships that reflect a positive and innovative spirit of co-operative and mutual success.