Joining Montreal Food Cooperatives

Save Money Joining a Groupe d'Achat Collectif or Food Co-Op

Montreal food cooperatives, aka coops.
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Run by the community for the community, Montreal food cooperatives or co-ops -better known as "groupes d'achat" or "achat collectif" in Quebec- allow members to spend less on higher quality produce by pooling their money together to buy groceries in bulk directly from local farmers, wholesalers and/or producers. Savings range from significant to dramatic and the produce is often organic.

Co-op Time Investment: Low to High

The time investment varies depending on the group or co-op and level of service. While some may be fairly small and informal, maybe charging a small membership fee to cover transportation and administration costs, others may require members to work -- from a couple of hours a month to weekly shifts if the food is also prepped and cooked (e.g., transportation, coordination, packing, cooking, cleaning).

How to Find Food Co-ops in Montreal

The organizations listed below are either co-ops or resources that can help locate a Montreal food co-op or "groupes d'achats" in your neighborhood.

Groupe Ressource du Plateau Mont-Royal
A community service organization operating on the Plateau with links to many groupes d'achats or food co-ops in Montreal. A member of the Collectif des Groupes d'Achats du Québec.
Neighborhood(s): Plateau Mont-Royal but can direct you to groups in other neighborhoods

EcollegeY Organic Food Service
Offering a wide selection of locally grown and/or produced foods, including vegetables and fruits in season, grains, fish and meat, EcollegeY doesn't require any volunteering or membership fee, just a $10 deposit for the delivery bin provided with the first order. Prices are not exactly a steal, but if budgeted well with meals planned ahead, the cost ends up comparable to buying non-organic non-local produce at supermarket chains and it's delivered to your front door.
Neighborhood(s): Most of the Greater Montreal Area

Co-op La Maison Verte
One of Canada's largest cooperative ecological stores and a sure bet to find insider information on local "groupes d'achat" and grocery co-ops, La Maison Verte also sets up a mini-farmer's market in front of their store selling fresh organic produce, goat cheese and cut flowers every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is actively involved in community-supported agriculture.
Neighborhood(s): Notre-Dame-de-Grâce but may be aware of groups outside NDG

Aliments d'Ici
A member of GRIP-UQAM, Aliments d'Ici is a research committee devoted to finding affordable locavore solutions and are well-connected with the food co-op scene in Montreal.
Neighborhood(s): Verdun but connected to groups in other neighborhoods too

GRIP-​UQAM
Deeply implicated in issues of food security, affordable produce and locavore lifestyles, this social and environmental research group from l'Université du Québec à Montréal is a great resource to help you locate groupe d'achats or food co-ops in your neighborhood.
Neighborhood(s): Downtown but are linked to groupes d'achat across Montreal

Organic Campus
Open to McGill students and the public at large, this food co-op is straightforward, affordable and convenient. Produce is limited to vegetables, fruit and some baked goods but it's almost always locally grown, organic, seasonal and you get a massive bang for your buck at only $15 a basket for two and $25 to feed an entire family's fruit and veggie needs for a week! Nearly identical to community-supported agriculture, the only difference from a consumer standpoint is instead of paying a few hundred dollars to cover the costs of two seasons worth of baskets, you only need to pay Organic Campus a week ahead and you are not obliged to commit yourself to a basket every week.

And ... it's available year-round!
Neighborhood(s): Downtown, but open to all residents in the Greater Montreal Area

Le Frigo Vert
The equivalent of community-supported agriculture, Le Frigo Vert, in addition to providing vegetable and fruit baskets, also sells dried goods and other food products.
Neighborhood(s): Downtown, but open to all residents in the Greater Montreal Area