About

The Canadian CED Network is made up of members throughout Canada, including organizations, networks, and individuals, who use participatory, democratic, innovative, and entrepreneurial strategies that challenge the status quo and build alternatives.

We believe that how we organize our relationships in a place (the original definition of economy) matters, and that community economies can be sites of transformation.

The most relevant, resilient, equitable and effective strategies for communities to benefit and thrive draw on Community Economic Development approaches that:

  • Are place-based, strengthening local ownership and control
  • Are democratic, community-driven, community-led, and asset-based
  • Engage and build the capacity of community members, primarily the who are most affected by decisions, to be agents of their own future
  • Protect and restore ecosystems and ecological health

These strategies are constantly evolving, adapting to new realities, and improving based on experiments and continual learning.

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Mission

CCEDNet connects people and ideas for action to build local economies that strengthen communities and benefit everyone.

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Vision

Sustainable, equitable, and inclusive communities directing their own futures.

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Values

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Dignity, Self-Determination, Solidarity, Local Control

CCEDNet Milestones

Since 1999, CCEDNet has been working with communities to create and strengthen sustainable, locally-controlled economies for all.

Our Network

The Canadian CED Network is made up of members throughout Canada, including organizations, networks, and individuals, who use participatory, democratic, innovative, and entrepreneurial strategies that challenge the status quo and build alternatives.


Our Initiatives

CCEDNet is a convener, connector, facilitator, advocate, and partner. Through our initiatives, we seek to increase public demand and political action for policies and programs that support Community Economic Development. We also provide communities the resources and relationships they need to build more sustainable, equitable and inclusive locally-controlled economies.

What’s New

STARCAP Developmental Evaluation Final Report & Framework

In 2023, CCEDNet partnered with Good Futures Collective to undertake a community-centred Developmental Evaluation (DE) of the Synergia Transition and Resilience Climate Action Program (STARCAP). The purpose of undertaking this…

A Shareable explainer: What is the Solidarity Economy?

Note: this piece was originally published on Shareable. We stand at a historic moment—a crossroads in the history of humanity and Mother Earth. Rarely has there been a convergence of…

Sharing Promising Practices from CreateAction

Sharing Promising Practices for Supportive Youth Employment

In March 2024 we wrapped up our fifth cohort of CreateAction placements after over 3 years of funding from the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Skills Strategy. The CreateAction program…