Co-operatives are built based on the values of democracy, equality, self-help, solidarity, self-responsibility, and equity. Co-op members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.
Read below to learn how the universally accepted co-operative principles guide our values and how we practice them in the operation of My Health Information Co-op.
- Voluntary and Open Membership
Membership is voluntary, non-discriminatory and open to organizations and anyone able to use the services and willing to accept membership responsibilities.
- Democratic Member Control
Our co-op is democratically controlled by our members, who we encourage to actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Members serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. Members have equal voting rights – one member, one vote.
- Member Economic Participation
Through their purchase of a membership, members contribute, according to their means, to the equity capital of the co-op. Members help allocate financial surpluses towards the goal of supporting patient support groups
- Autonomy and Independence
Our co-operative is an independent organization controlled by our members. We are not beholden to government, vendors, customers or funders. We enter into agreements with other organizations as customers and to raise capital. We do so on terms that ensure democratic control by our membership and which maintain our co-op’s autonomy.
- Education, Training, and Information
Our co-op provides education and training for members, elected representatives, and staff so they can contribute effectively to the development of our co-op. We take steps to inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation and civil engagement in democracy.
- Co-operation Among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together at the local, national, regional, and international levels. We actively pursue and maintain collaborations with other Canadian co-ops.
- Concern for Community
You are our biggest concern. We work for improved health outcomes of the communities we serve through policies approved by our members.