Economy Archive

Canadian Liberal Mauril Bélanger Champions Co-operative Movement

Resilience is Canadian co-op movement's greatest strength, says MP

Mauril Bélanger has been involved with co-operatives in some way since he was about seven, so it seems fitting the Ottawa-Vanier MP would become the Liberal party advocate for co-operatives.

Social Enterprise Promising Possibility Midst Poverty

Toronto group creating social enterprise opportunities

The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) in Toronto hopes to make a dent in the cycle of poverty in one of the poorest communities in Ontario. No easy task, but, according to Andrew Holeton, social enterprise holds the key.

Community Joins Hands Across Recycling Enterprise

Recycle-Action sees triple-bottom-line results

During social enterprise network Groupe Convex’s first community meeting, a woman named Tammy presented herself as someone with a disability and a client of community social services agency Valoris.

Calling for More Expansive Thinking Around Social Impact Bonds

Enterprising Non-profits team manager David LePage inquires

While energy around social impact bonds continues to build in places like Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., Enterprising Non-profits Canada team manager David LePage is calling for clarity and more expansive thinking.

Remote B.C. Community Puts Stock in Innovative Higher Education Society

'Economic development is often seen as bricks and mortar, but here it's about experiences,' says Northern Development Initiative CEO Janine North

While some communities add airports and others shipping ports to boost their local economy, the remote island community of Haida Gwaii off the north coast of British Columbia is seeking to approach its economic development from a thoughtful stance that keeps all – including the environment and its cultural heritage – in balance.

User-friendly Tool to Assess Social Purpose Real Estate in the Works

Facilitators hope tool will help attract new capital, advance cause

Highest and best-use assessments for downtown real estate almost always point toward commercial/condominium outcomes. How can social services be added to the radar screen and quantified with appropriate weighting? The recently established social enterprise Urban Matters is tackling this challenge in partnership with Vancouver’s Central City Foundation.

Impact Junk Solutions Creates Meaningful Work

Social enterprise sees ripple effect in community

After being gainfully employed as a large food manufacturer manager, Steve fell ill with a mental illness and lost his job, his family contacts and became homeless.

Canada’s First Hybrid Corporations Launch in B.C.

Accelerating Social Impact among the first registered community contribution companies

Accelerating Social Impact CCC Ltd. was registered today as one of British Columbia’s first community contribution companies (CCC), a new recognized hybrid corporation structure in Canada.

Discovering Similarities, Productive Discussions Paved the Way to CCA/CCCM Unity

'A very important part of this unity process was getting to know each other'

Whenever two organizations join to form a single entity there will be challenges, and the way to sort through those challenges is for both groups to get to know each other through discussions and discovering similarities.

Increasing Recognition, Support for Social Enterprise

Province, partners working to build sector

B.C.’s social enterprise sector is seeing more external recognition of its value and impact, says Rachel Holmes.

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