Québec's National Assembly today unanimously adopted the proposed law on the social economy. Less than a year after Québec Premier Pauline Marois announced in her inauguration speech her intention to submit this bill to parliament, Quebec is now part of the global movement that recognizes the social economy by adopting a legislative framework dedicated to it.
The framework law recognizes two key civil society partners who will be instrumental in its implementation: the Chantier de l'économie sociale, and the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité.
The Chantier de l’économie sociale’s Nancy Neamtan responded by saying: "This is a great day for Quebec! Recognizing the social economy as an important component of the Quebec economy, along with the private and public economy, gives us hope. Quebec in this way consolidates its position in the forefront of societies who understand the enormous potential of this approach to development in the 21st century. "
The draft bill was first tabled in the National Assembly in March, and was subject to parliamentary hearings throughout the spring.
You can review the progress of the bill on the website of the National Assembly.
For more information:
- on framework laws for the social economy throughout the world see the framework law section of the RELIESS website
- the Chantier de l'économie sociale
- the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité.