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Co-op claims 27 spots on Sask. Top 100 list

By Andrew Santo

September 6, 2019

Co-op’s impact on Saskatchewan’s economy grew this year, providing increased investments that support the province’s growth.

Twenty-six local co-ops are included SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2019 ranking of the Top 100 companies in Saskatchewan, up from 21 co-ops in 2018. These local co-ops are joined on the list by Saskatoon-based Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), which placed second in the rankings.

The sales of FCL and local co-ops reached a combined total of almost $13.7 billion in 2018. This includes almost $10.7 billion in revenue from FCL, with a record of nearly $1.1 billion in net earnings.

“This achievement demonstrates the value that local co-ops continue to provide for communities across Saskatchewan,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. 

“The growing number of local co-ops on this list shows us that the co-operative model is not only relevant to consumers today, but that the Co-operative Retailing System remains a powerful economic driver in this province and across Western Canada. Our shared successes are a direct result of working together to benefit our local communities.”

Economic impact in Saskatchewan

Today, there are more than 90 local Co-ops in Saskatchewan operating hundreds of food stores, home centres, gas bars, commercial cardlock facilities, agro centres and liquor outlets. This network is supported by the wholesale, manufacturing, marketing and administrative operations of FCL, which includes the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina.  

Together, FCL and these retail co-ops employ close to 10,000 people in Saskatchewan. 

Co-ops in the SaskBusiness Top 100

Ranking Wholesale/Retail Co-operative Location 
2 Federated Co-operatives Limited Saskatoon
19 Saskatoon Co-operative Association Limited Saskatoon
24  Lake Country Co-operative Association Limited Prince Albert
25 Pioneer Co-operative Association Limited Swift Current
30 Sherwood Co-operative Association Limited Regina
42  Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association Limited Lloydminster
46 Discovery Co-operative Association Limited North Battleford
52 Legacy Co-operative Association Limited Yorkton
55 Prairie North Co-operative Association Limited Melfort
59 Prairie Co-operative Association Limited Melville
61 Meadow Lake Co-operative Association Limited Meadow Lake
63 Prairie Sky Co-operative Association Limited Weyburn
64 Moose Jaw Co-operative Association Limited Moose Jaw
69 Kindersley & District Co-operative Association Limited Kindersley
72 Souther Plains Co-operative Association Limited Estevan
77 Pineland Co-operative Association Limited Nipawin
79 Delta Co-operative Association Limited Unity
81 Borderland Co-operative Association Limited Moosomin
82 Central Plains Co-operative Association Limited Rosetown
84 Southland Co-operative Association Limited Assiniboia
85 Riverbend Co-operative Association Limited Outlook
92 Beeland Co-operative Association Limited Tisdale
93 Turtleford & District Co-operative Association Limited Turtleford
94 Humboldt Co-operative Association Limited Humboldt
96 Advantage Co-operative Association Limited Redvers
97 Gateway Co-operative Association Limited Canora
98 Hometown Co-operative Association Limited Broadview