The Canadian CED Network recently wrote to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to express our support for three recommendations in the Standing Committee on Finance’s report on their pre-budget consultations. The report, Jobs, Growth, Productivity and Demographic Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada, included recommendations that highlight the need to foster growth in co-operative and social enterprise sectors, and to support minorty language communities.
The recommendations highlighted in CCEDNet’s letter are:
#34. That the federal government consider how to include co-operatives and new forms of social enterprise and social finance in policies and programs.
#35. That, in order to improve opportunities for co-operative development, the federal government create a new partnership with the co-operative sector and Industry Canada
#58. That the federal government renew the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality, with a special focus on efficient and targeted support for minority language communities.
CCEDNet is encouraged to see a demonstrated commitment to CED initiatives that create economic opportunities and enhance social and environmental conditions across Canada.