The 20th century saw the new cooperative model flourish. In 1910, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Georges-Auguste Gigault, explained to the annual convention of the Dairy Industry Society his opinion in favour of agricultural cooperation:

“It was co-operation that created our export trade in dairy products. As long as farmers did not bring their milk to factories to be processed together, the export trade was nil. Today this trade gives us millions, because the co-operation delivers to the trade products remarkable for quality, products which domestic manufacture could not supply.”

This new type of structure, which encouraged profit-sharing among its members, was in vogue in the 1930s and 1940s, and many farmers got together to set up their own local cooperative. Over time, globalisation and the increase in foreign-made products put pressure on supply chains and many co-operatives joined forces to stay in business. Today, Uniag is proud to represent over 900 members in Southwestern Quebec and Western Ontario.

Since 2020Southwestern Quebec and Eastern Ontario

Uniag Cooperative

In November 2020, Uniag was born. The new name pays tribute to Unifrontières, to agriculture and to farmers. Uniag Cooperative evokes the notions of innovation, agility and uniqueness, all in both official languages.
2016Southwestern Quebec and Eastern Ontario

Unifrontières Cooperative

Unifrontières Cooperative
On November 27th, 2016, the merger between La Coop des Frontières and La Coop Uniforce increased the number of members and allowed for a greater service offering. In addition, on April 1st, 2017, AgriEst Coop joined Unifrontières.
2006Southwestern Quebec

Uniforce Cooperative

Uniforce Cooperative
On May 29th, 2006, the Coopérative agricole du sud de Montréal opted for a name more inclusive of its new territory and adopted the name La Coop Uniforce.
2000Western Montérégie

Coop des Frontières

Coop des Frontières
It’s in 2000 that the forces of the regional cooperatives of Suroît were gathered. In order to create officially, the Coop des Frontières, the branches of Sainte-Martine, Sainte-Barbe and Saint-Polycarpe united.
1998Eastern Ontario

AgriEst Coop

AgriEst Coop
On September 1st, 1998, the cooperatives of Saint-Isidore, Saint-Albert, Casselman, Cornwall, Alexandria, Vankleed Hill and Clarence Creek amalgamated to create AgriEst Cooperative.
1945Casselman, ON

The Cooperative of Casselman, ON

The Cooperative of Casselman, ON
On May 16th, 1945, the incorporation was made under the name of the Casselman Agricultural Society. The following year, the first warehouse was built near the railroad. In 1995, the number of members was 200.
1942St-Isidore, ON

The Cooperative of St-Isidore, ON

The Cooperative of St-Isidore, ON
In the beginning, the Coop de St-Isidore concentrated on the classification of eggs. Without the volunteer work of Henri Ranger, Rosario Beauchêne and Rhéal Legault, the Coop de St-Isidore would not have been as successful as it was.
1942Saint-Rémi, QC

The Cooperative of Saint-Rémi, QC

The Cooperative of Saint-Rémi, QC
The first Coop in Saint-Rémi was founded in 1915. However, due to financial difficulties, it had to close. In 1942, due to the growing demand, the Coop de Saint-Rémi rose from its ashes and restarted its cooperative mission.
1942St-Albert, ON

The Cooperative of St-Albert, ON

The Cooperative of St-Albert, ON
On July 28th, 1942, the three founding members signed the charter of the new cooperative. They were Albert Benoit, Albert Genier and Hector Ouimet. At the beginning, there were 35 members and 6 months later, on December 31st, 1942, the number of members reached 70.
1937Saint-Polycarpe, QC

The Cooperative of Saint-Polycarpe, QC

The Cooperative of Saint-Polycarpe, QC
The Saint-Polycarpe Farmers’ Cooperative was founded by 33 farmers. They wanted to operate a butter factory and a grain screening station.
1936Sherrington, QC

The Cooperative of Sherrington, QC

The Cooperative of Sherrington, QC
At its birth in 1936, the Sherrington Cooperative had 118 producers from the towns of Sherrington, Saint-Édouard and Saint-Michel. J.-A. Pinsonneault, was the instigator of this tremendous success.
1934Sainte-Martine, QC

The Cooperative of Sainte-Martine, QC

The Cooperative of Sainte-Martine, QC
The Sainte-Martine Cooperative was founded in 1934. Its operations began in a house rented from the agricultural school in Ste-Martine. Mr. Barnabé Laberge was the first president of the cooperative.

The roots of Uniag