We do things differently here. From our farms and production facilities, to our distribution networks and employees, we lead with the co-operative inspired values and principles upon which our co-operative was founded in 1958. These principles, originally created in England in 1884, are the foundation of our co-operative identity.
The Gay Lea Foundation is the official registered charity of Gay Lea Foods, dedicated to supporting education, poverty relief, co-operative development and community well-being projects in Canada and around the world. Funded by Gay Lea Foods and through personal contributions from the co-operative’s delegates, Directors and employees, the Foundation has awarded more than 100 grants to registered Canadian charities doing important development work in Canada, Haiti, Central America, Asia and Africa since it was created in 2014.Learn More
The Gay Lea Dairy Museum celebrates the rich agricultural history of Ontario and Canada. Established by an Aylmer, Ontario farm couple and purchased by Gay Lea Foods in 2008, the Museum has grown to include a fascinating collection of heritage artifacts and a dynamic array of educational programming extending beyond dairy to encompass everything from agriculture, geography, Canadian history, art, team building, entrepreneurial/business skills and co-operative principles.
A collaborative, year-round Co-operative Education Centre (CEC) at the Museum site is now open. The CEC offers new programming and facilities to educate, train and prepare co-operative members, elected representatives and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives and their communities.