At the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary earlier this month, one of the highlights was a speech by the new Minister of Employment and Social Development (formerly Human Resources and Skills Development), Jason Kenney.
In the speech, Minister Kenney expressed the Government of Canada's "enthusiastic and unqualified support" for social enterprise, social finance and social innovation. He also indicated that he would be consulting with leaders in the sector to identify the priority areas for action to facilitate the expansion of social enterprise.
The coalition of groups that came together to organize the National Summit on a People-Centred Economy in 2010 has continuted to collaborate on a common policy agenda, and prepared a joint letter to Minister Kenney recommending strategic areas for action and offering our support for his new efforts.
We look forward to supporting Minister Kenney and officials at Employment and Social Development Canada to scale up the impact of social enterprise in Canada.