Become a Member of Cooperation Canada

Be part of a vital and effective coalition working to end global poverty

Benefits of Membership

Distinct Voice

Cooperation Canada promotes a sense of common identity for civil society groups and NGOs. It provides the weight of a combined sector-wide voice on key issues of international cooperation. Cooperation Canada is Canada’s central body for NGOs and civil society groups working in international development and humanitarian assistance; its member organizations constitute a Who’s Who of Canadian NGOs.


Effective Analysis

Cooperation Canada is the “go-to” source for the latest trends in Canadian aid spending and practice. Canadian aid policy is analyzed and compared to donor practices around the world – elements of development effectiveness and good development are assessed. Media, government departments and member organizations use our web site to gain up-to-date analysis of Canada’s aid spending. Cooperation Canada is also a leading member of the Reality of Aid global network which provides independent analysis and reports on global aid flows.


Network Opportunities

Opportunities for direct contact with key sector leaders, knowledge sharing, and an exceptional learning environment are all results of ample networking opportunities made available through us. Cooperation Canada is the key sector convener on issues of aid, development and global social justice. Working groups like the Americas Policy Group, Africa Canada Forum are places where members bring their expertise and keep up with developments in regions in which they work. Cooperation Canada was the facilitator of Canada’s national Open Forum consultation on Civil Society and Development Effectiveness. Our Charity Law Education Project meant special workshops and resources to help charities understand their obligations under the Income Tax Act.


Cooperation Canada is a leader when it comes to high standards of operation. Openness, transparency and accountability are key elements of Cooperation Canada’s Code of Ethics and Operational Standards. The Code outlines the principles of development, standards for partnership, governance, management and human resources, as well as fundraising communications and financial management. All members must subscribe to the Code of Ethics and regularly review and certify their practices against the standards contained in the Code. Cooperation Canada was one of the first in the world to adopt a code of ethics that included both “Principles of Development” and a “Code of Conduct.”


Additional Benefits


As a Member you Have Access to the Following Benefits:

  • Access to Cooperation Canada Working Groups (i.e. Innovative Finance Group, Communications Group, Emerging Leaders Network and more)
  • Opportunity to work with Global Affairs Canada through the
    • Task Force for Improving Effectiveness
    • The CFO Working Group
    • The Civil Society Policy Advisory Group
  • Opportunity to provide policy input through consultations and surveys
  • Exclusive Member-only Content
  • Member-only Webinars and calls
  • Discounted registration rates for Cooperation Canada Events
  • Two free job postings a year and five free volunteer posts
  • Promotion of your work
  • A desk to work from when you travel to Ottawa
  • Via Rail Discount Code


Cooperation Canada is an influential advocate described by Ottawa’s newsweekly Embassy as a government watchdog and “…passionate accountability and effectiveness advocate on international development.”

Cooperation Canada has a proven track record in swaying government policy. It adds profile and weight to key policy positions of members and coalitions. Cooperation Canada advocacy includes corporate accountability, food aid, access to medicines and development effectiveness. Cooperation Canada is an expert witness at many parliamentary committees and frequently offers media commentary on the quality and quantity of Canadian foreign aid. We have helped acquire game-changing outcomes with the passage and enactment of Canada’s “Better Aid” law – the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act.

 Criteria to become a member


Organizations interested in becoming members of Cooperation Canada must meet the following criteria:

  • Be federally or provincially incorporated as a non-profit corporation for a minimum of two years.
  • Indicate in writing that they agree to be in compliance with the Code of Ethics within three years of membership approval.
  • Submit to Cooperation Canada their last Annual Report and audited statements along with their Letters Patent and By-Laws.
  • Forward with their application two recommendations from member organizations that are clearly positive in nature based on firsthand knowledge and signed by the chief executive officers.



Completed Application Forms are forwarded to the Membership Committee for examination and review.

The membership Committee then makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on the acceptance or rejection of the application. If the application is rejected by the Board of Directors, the applicant may reapply two years after the date of the original application. Applications accepted by the Board during a given year are ratified by members at the Annual General Meeting.

  Membership Fees


Membership fees are calculated on the basis of expenses related to the international development and development education programs in the year immediately preceding the year for which fees are being paid. A copy of your audited financial statements must accompany your fee payment calculations.

Expenses associated with these programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • all development, humanitarian assistance and emergency relief programming, including management costs (staff and other);
  • public engagement and global citizenship education in Canada and abroad;
  • international human rights programming and advocacy;
  • international development and/or humanitarian assistance research, policy and/or campaigns;
  • administration, fundraising and marketing costs, including staff costs;
  • funds that are spent for direct implementation as well as with and through partners.

Expenses related to domestic programming that is not related to international development and/or international humanitarian assistance can be excluded, as well as in-kind contributions. Flow-through funds that do not imply any management or administrative costs whatsoever on the part of the member organization might also be excluded. Any and all exclusions must be explained clearly at the time of membership renewal in the form provided.


The formula used to calculate membership fees is: 0.4% for the first $1 million of eligible expenses and 0.15% of expenses thereafter, to a maximum fee of currently set at $15,730. The minimum fee is $315. The minimum and maximum fee payable may be adjusted annually by a Cooperation Canada Board decision to reflect the inflation rate for the preceding year. Please note that membership fees are subject to change. A new membership fee structure has been approved starting in the 2021 fiscal year. Click here to learn more.

For information on how your organization can become a member of Cooperation Canada, contact Nicolas Moyer at [email protected].

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