Municipal Government Support of the Social Economy Sector

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Authors: Jenny Kain, Emma Sharkey, and Robyn Webb

This research explores ways in which local governments support community economic development (CED) and social economy (SE) activities. It aims to identify the roles that local governments play in promoting the CED and SE sector and to highlight innovative examples of this support. The research focused on local governments in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northern Ontario.

Though a diversity of activities was evident prior to undertaking the research, this project further illuminates the wide range of undertakings in which Canadian local governments in the study region are engaged. The research highlights what these local governments are doing and how their involvement in CED and SE activities assists in addressing the complex challenges they face in the current socio-political-economic climate.

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