Shopping that is good for you and for your community.

Cortes Natural Food Co-op is a community-owned cooperative business. We work for the benefit of our community of member-owners, rather than generating profit for a single owner. We’re governed by a board of directors, including members of our staff and people from the wider Cortes Island community. We formally incorporated in 2004.

Today, more than 1000 members enjoy abundant, healthy, earth-friendly grocery foods and products. The Co-op owns the land where it stands, ensuring we’ll remain an important social hub and marketplace well into the future.

We operate on the Seven Cooperative Principles set out by the International Cooperative Alliance:

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training & information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for the community

Become a member

Keep your money local

When you spend your money with us, you help generate direct economic benefit for your community. Together we’re building a sustainable food economy.

Support a liveable community

We give back every year through donations and sponsorships in our community. Members are able to book our space to hold events and share ideas. 

Build resiliency

Hundreds of committed members provide capital investment and contribute time for development, administration and governance as well as support local suppliers.

Perks to being a Member-Owner

Member Specials

Purchase items on special


Pre-order goods in bulk at a significant discount

Charge It

Set-up a charge account for cash/card-free shopping

Vote & Lead

Vote at our yearly AGM and/or serve on the Board of Directors

Read and print our membership package. Fill out the last page, bring it back to the store, and we’ll explain the share and fee payments.