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Timeline of the history of Co-operators

CF-GA patent

Co-operators Fidelity and Guarantee Association incorporates as an Ontario mutual for bonding in credit union and co-operatives. The Co-operative Union of Ontario, the Ontario Credit Union League, and later the United Farmers Co-operative and Ontario Federation of Agriculture back the new company.

Incorporation of Federated Agencies, registered in Saskatchewan, headquartered in Regina.

A Black and white staff photo of Cooperators Life Insurance Company

Co-operativeLife Insurance Company becomes a national company following registration with the federal government and writes more than $6 million annually in life insurance just in Saskatchewan.

Co-operators Fidelity and Guarantee Association becomes the first Canadian insurance company to remove the question of race from automobile insurance applications.

Newspaper article about the first Auto policy written by Co-operators

Co-operators Fidelity & Guarantee Association begins selling automobile insurance with support from the county Federations of Agriculture from across rural Ontario.

Maritime Co-operative Services forms a partnership with Co-operative Life Insurance Company to sell insurance through a network of co-operative stores, federations and credit unions.

Photo of Co-op Insurance Office

Letters patent issued to Co-operators Insurance Association, a new property and casualty company created to take over the business of Co-operators Fidelity and Guarantee Association.

Advertisement for Co-operative Fire and Casualty Company's Farm bonus plan

Co-operative Life Insurance Company board of directors establishes a new national property and casualty co-operative insurance company, Co-operative Fire and Casualty Company, with backing from co-operatives all across Canada.

The Co-operators Life Insurance Association is incorporated to market life insurance in Ontario.

George Viereck unveiling a plaque at the dedication of the Co-operative Insurance Services head office building, July 1964

Co-operative Insurance Services moves to its current office on College Avenue in Regina, SK. A plaque unveiled at its opening reads:

"This building is dedicated to the belief that through co-operative ownership and control of economic institutions people may provide essential services for themselves with the greatest assurance of security and freedom."

Photo of Lloy Matheson

Co-operative Insurance Services in Regina takes delivery of its first computer from IBM and begins computerized processing of new applications and renewals.

Co-op Head Office 1967

Photography courtesy of Ken Barton

The Boards of directors of Co-operators Insurance Association and Co-operators Life Insurance Association approve their new nine-storey, $1 million office tower at Priory Square on Macdonell Street, Guelph as the official corporate office.

Co-operative Fire and Casualty Company is the first general insurance company in Canada to offer a no-fault collision benefit in its auto policies.

Appraisel Center

Co-operative Insurance Services opens the first drive-in appraisal centre, in Cape Breton.

Co-operators Insurance Association (CIA) adds contingent collision coverage to its automobile policies. CIA is the first in Canada to offer this coverage.

Photo taken in 1975 of the Co-operative's board of directors sitting around a large table in a meeting room

CI Management Group is officially incorporated as a holding company for C.I.S. Ltd. and CIAG Management Ltd., forming a national co-operative insurance company and realizing a dream for those who had established the insurance co-operatives three decades earlier.

Advertisement introducing The Co-operators in 1976

The Co-operators adds underinsured motorist coverage to Ontario automobile insurance policies. The coverage was extended to policyholders in other provinces in the following year. The Co-operators was the first insurance company to offer this coverage.

CI Management Group is renamed The Co-operators Group Limited.

Co-operators logo

The Co-operators adopts the 3Cs logo, which stands for "Canadian, Co-operatives and Credit Unions".

The Co-operators first television commercials are aired on the Atlantic Television network.

Amalgamation of Co-operative Life Insurance Company and Co-operators Life Insurance Association into Co-operators Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of The Co-operators Group Limited.

Amalgamation of Co-operators Insurance Association and Co-operative Fire & Casualty Company into Co-operators General Insurance Company, a subsidiary of The Co-operators Group Limited.

The Co-operators Group Limited places the management of its two insurance operations, Co-operators General Insurance Company and Co-operators Life Insurance Company, under Co-operators Financial Services. The new company also includes Federated Agencies, Coseco, Sovereign General, and Cautrac, as wholly owned independent subsidiary companies.

Wayne Scott and Jim Horrick signing a joint venture agreement with Reed Stenhouse

Photography courtesy of Roy Nicholls

The Co-operators purchases HB Group Insurance Management from Reed Stenhouse Limited following a three-year joint venture to market home and auto insurance to members of employee groups.

The popular Wiserider bicycle safety program is launched.

Co-operators Group establishes the Community Economic Development fund in honour of its 50th anniversary.

The Co-operators goes online. The first Internet presence consisted of rented space on Insurance Canada's website.

Colunteers at Buckle-up bears

Photography courtesy of the Oakville Beaver

The Buckle-up Bears child car seat safety program is launched nationwide.

The first Community Advisory Panel is held in Moncton, NB. Community members provide comments, advice and recommendations to Co-operators senior management about our products and services, and on interactions between The Co-operators, the community and consumers.

The Community GuardTM product is launched, providing innovative insurance coverage for the voluntary and not-for-profit sector.