National CED News: February 2014

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What is CED? A YouTube response

CCEDNet’s new video on community economic development uses some of the marvellous photos submitted in last fall’s 'What is CED' photo contest to illustrate our diverse and dynamic movement in just over two minutes.  Watch it today!

Next CCEDNet Webinars: Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Tony Martin

On February 11th, Community Supports for Immigrant Entrepreneurship will examine the impacts and lessons learned from two innovative programs in Edmonton and Montréal. Then on April 23rd veteran politician Tony Martin will share his recent research on the potential for CED to catalyze a national poverty reduction strategy. Learn more and register here >>

CED Investment Fund Tax Credit Announced in New Brunswick

The Government of New Brunswick’s recent budget included the announcement of a new tax incentive program for Community Economic Development Investment Funds.  The model draws upon Nova Scotia’s successful track record with CEDIFs, and follows PEI’s announcement of a similar program.  Read more >>

The Canada Business Corporations Act Review - Incorporating Socially Responsible Enterprises

The Canada Business Corporations Act, the legislation concerning business incorporation in Canada, is currently under review by Industry Canada.  A notable item under consideration is the possible inclusion of a Socially Responsible Enterprise designation, broadly defined as entities that use a “commercial business model to encourage social change.” Public submissions are accepted until March 31st. Read more >>

Striking a Better Balance: the 2014 Alternative Federal Budget

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released their 2014 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), revealing once again that it is possible for the federal government to balance the books while also prioritizing social, economic, and environmental concerns. Several CED initiatives are part of the AFB, contributing to a plan that would significantly reduce poverty, strengthen the economy, and lower unemployment. Read more >>

RIPESS Launches a Global Consultation on the SSE Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) is looking for contributions from organizations and networks in the participatory construction of Recommendations by Social Solidarity Economy to the Millenium Development Goals post-2015.  The deadline for contributions is March 28. Read more >>

CCEDNet International Activities in 2013: An Important Year

The World Social Forum in Tunisia, the Second Social Forum on Solidarity Economy, the Social Enterprise World Forum, RIPESS’s 5th Global Meeting, these are just some of the international events that the Canadian CED Network was involved in last year as commitment to international movement building, learning and representation. Read more >>

CCEDNet’s International activities and webinars are supported by Uniterra, one of Canada’s largest volunteer placement programs.  With placements from two weeks to two years, there are always opportunities to explore new cultures, share your expertise and support local organizations around the world.  Current postings include an Organizational Capacity Development Advisor in Botswana and a Communications Advisor in Burkina Faso. See all postings >>

CED Resources


Looking Back and Looking Forward Webinar Recording

Our first webinar of the year brought together three remarkable leaders who are at a turning point in their professional lives.  Lynne Markell, David LePage, and Walter Hossli have all contributed greatly to Canada’s co-operative, social enterprise and CED landscape.  Learn from their experience and insights by checking out the recording from the January webinar.  Other past webinars on youth employment, CED investment funds, social impact bonds, social return on investment, and others are available. Read more >>

Revitalizing Rural Economies: A Guide for Practitioners

Designed as a practical guide, Revitalizing Rural Economies is a new publication from McGill-Queen’s University Press that serves as a primer to CED, while also allowing those familiar with the field to delve deeper. Case studies ground the discussion in the challenges and opportunities facing communities. Read more >>

The Power of Purchasing: The Economic Impacts of Local Procurement

Also a new publication, completed in co-operation with the Columbia Institute and ISIS at the Sauder School of Business, The Power of Purchasing shows that sourcing from local suppliers has a big economic impact. The first of its kind in Canada, the study demonstrates that purchasing goods from locally-based suppliers creates nearly twice as much benefit to the local economy as buying from multinational chains. Read more >>

BUILD Prosperity: Energizing Manitoba’s Local Economy now available for digital download

Previously  only available in paperback, BUILD Prosperity is now available as a free download. Written by CCEDNet member Shaun Loney, Executive Director of BUILD Inc, BUILD Prosperity outlines how Manitoba’s fossil fuel tab can be replaced with jobs and justice in the local economy. From Manitoba Hydro to government cafeterias – these bold, practical ideas make a compelling case for change in how our most familiar institutions are organized. Read more >>

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Community Supports for Immigrant Entrepreneurship
February 11 | Webinar

The Global Presencing Forum
February 11-12 |  Web Stream

Innovative Financing for Sustainable Energy Retrofits
February 11 | Webinar

The Collaborative Economy: How sharing is powering a sustainable future
February 11 | Toronto, ON

Introduction to Co-op Financing
February 12 | Webinar

Building Movement: Exploring Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Social Change
February 12 | Toronto ON

Preparing for a Changing Workforce Workshop
February 12 | Brandon, MB

Building Leadership for the Long Haul
February 13 | Webinar

Collective Impact & Community Change
February 18 | Hamilton, ON

Growing Your Social Enterprise Webinar
February 19 | Webinar

Charity Law Seminar Series: Legal Risk in Charitable Fundraising
February 19 | Winnipeg, MB

Literacy's Impact on Criminal Justice & Youth
February 20 | Winnipeg, MB

Fostering a Vibrant Sea to Sky Regional Economy
February 26 | Whistler, BC

Social Enterprise Coaching Session (Bilingual)
February 26 | Webinar
Breaking The Mold: New Look Housing Co-ops
March 1 | Winnipeg, MB

Nexit: New Evaluation Xchanges for Innovation Training
March 3 | Waterloo, ON

Creating Funds for Social and Environmental Impact - National Launch of 'Community Finance Solutions'
March 6 | Webinar

Surveys and Questionnaires Workshop
March 6 | Winnipeg, MB

Good Till the Last Drop: Strategies to Manage Stormwater While Greening Communities & Creating Jobs
March 6 | Webinar

Impact Ontario
March 18-20 | Toronto, ON
Social Enterprise Catalyst
April 2 | Victoria, BC

4th CRISES International Conference - 2014
April 3-4 |  Montréal, QC

Propelling Social Ventures Conference 2014
April 15 | Vancouver, BC

Charity Law Seminar Series – Administrative Law Principles
April 16 | Winnipeg, MB

Social Enterprise Heroes/Social Enterprise Day of Learning
April 16 | Vancouver, BC
Interviews & Focus Groups Workshop
April 23 | Winnipeg, MB

Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities
April 24-27 | Haliburton Highlands, ON

46th Annual Congress on Housing & Homelessness
April 29-May 2 |  Edmonton, AB

Rural Economic Summit of Ontario
April 30-May 2 | Rockland, ON

People's Social Forum
August 21-24 | Ottawa, ON

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