Regional Support Associations

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Canada Atlantic Canada Support Association

Why Support Associations?

Oikocredit Canada’s Support Associations are groups of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International co-operative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations in Canada – Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit Canada Atlantic. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.

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Fair Trade

Supporting equitable business through fair trade

Oikocredit supports fair trade organizations through a combination of medium and long-term loans, pre-export financing, equity investments and capacity building.

Fair trade means more than fair prices. The fair trade movement takes a market-based approach towards empowering local producers. fair organizations promote social justice through:

  • fair payments to producers and employees
  • prohibiting anti-child labour policies
  • long-term trading relationships
  • environmentally sustainable production methods

Oikocredit has been a long-term supporter of fair trade, having been a member of the International Fair Trade Association for more than 20 years.