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Learn all the benefits of a Co-op Membership
Every time you shop at Co-op, you’re earning towards an annual member refund of equity and cash back, depending on your spend.
* Some exclusions apply.
A co-op is a different kind of business in that it shares its profits with its members. So, by shopping at Co-op, you’re putting money back in your own account.
When you fuel up at our gas bars, you will earn 2¢/litre that can instantly be used to save on your food purchases; or, you can donate your savings to the Co-op Community Foundation.
When you shop at Co-op for food; fuel; prescriptions; home health care; and wine, spirits and beer, you receive a much larger refund at the end of the year—all for a small, one-time investment.
When you become a part of one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America, you can vote in the Director Election, run for the Board of Directors and attend our Annual Meeting.
As a member, you are eligible for a discounted group rate at Johnson Insurance, a 2% credit+ at Marlin Travel, and discounted tickets with our local partners.
+ Conditions apply
Calgary Co-op is owned by its members and keeps its profits in Alberta by sharing the profits with its members. You’re also supporting over 110 local growers and producers by shopping at Co-op.
When you shop at Co-op, you receive grocery carry-out at our food stores, full-service at self-serve prices at our gas bars, expert advice from sommeliers at our wine, spirits and beer locations, and free prescription delivery from our pharmacies.
As a Co-op member, you’re also supporting your community. Last year, through the Co-op Community Foundation and community initiatives, we invested over $3.9 million into local food poverty reduction programs, youth, education, and preventative health and wellness. We also diverted 6,776 tonnes of waste in the same year, saving 70,822 trees and 2,341 cubic yards of landfill space. We’re proud to contribute to the communities we operate in and share that pride with our members.
Additionally, when you shop with your recyclable bags, you can choose to either receive a 3¢ credit against your purchase or donate it to the Co-op Community Foundation.
Be sure to keep your information up-to-date so we know where to send important information and your annual refund.
Do all my purchases count towards my annual return?
All purchases at Calgary Co-op food; fuel; wine, spirits, beer; pharmacy; and home health care locations count towards your return, with the exception of:
I shop at a Co-op outside of Calgary. Do those purchases count towards my annual return?
Calgary Co-op includes Airdrie, High River, Okotoks, and Strathmore. Other Co-operatives are operated separately and therefore do not count towards your return with Calgary Co-op.
How is a co-op different than other businesses?
In a co-op, earnings are distributed to members based on their purchases during the year, as well as their equity balance.
A different purpose.
The main purpose of a co-op is to provide benefits to its members.
The main purpose of a private or public business is to maximize returns for shareholders.
A different control structure.
Members of a co-op each own only one share. In a private or public business, one, or a few shareholders, can own all, or a majority, of shares and may override the wishes of smaller shareholders. This cannot happen in a co-op because each member has only one share and one vote.
A different distribution of earnings.
In a co-op, earnings are distributed to members based on their purchases during the year. In private or public business, earnings are paid to shareholders based on the number of shares held. In a co-op, earnings are widely distributed based on member purchases. In private or public business, all, or most, of the earnings can end up with a few, or even one, shareholder.
Who owns the co-op?
Co-ops are locally owned by its members.