Co-operative corporations vs business corporations

Co‑operatives are a unique type of business model that share some commonalities with both business corporations and not-for-profit organizations. However, there are some key differences between the three types of organizations in how they are structured and carry on activities. 


In the case of co‑ops and business corporations, some similarities regarding structure or tax status may be present, but they differ in their organizational setup, how members benefit and how members participate. 


For an in-depth comparison, please see our FactSheets Co-ops are Different from Business Corporations and Co-operatives and Private Business Models Comparison.