In a letter sent to Hon. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, CCEDNet and partners highlight the remarkable leadership by Canadians in the global movement for the social and solidarity economy and urge the government to build on this leadership.
The Government of Canada has signalled its intention to pursue strategies for inclusive growth. Ministers Duclos and Mihychuk have been mandated to create a national strategy on social innovation and social finance. Innovation, Science and Economic Development's proposed Innovation Agenda seeks to make Canada a leader in promoting social enterprise and social innovation.
Simultaneously, the government is renewing Canada's profile internationally. The message that inclusive growth can be a force for prosperity and stability is resonating around the world, with growing evidence from the OECD, the IMF and other bodies.
Canadian community-based leadership in social innovation and the social and solidarity economy globally represents an asset for inclusive growth that could reinforce Canada's leadership on the international stage.