Strengthening Community Economies: POLICY & ADVOCACY Edition 2021-22

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CCEDNet is excited to offer this learning series to increase capacity among our members for policy and advocacy work. The 2021-22 offerings are based on CCEDNet's policy priorities, as well as members' responses to a survey conducted in the Fall of 2020.

  • Webinars are structured around presentations, followed by Q & A and some time for informal networking.
  • Campfire chats provide opportunities for members to learn from one another’s experience in an informal peer-to-peer learning environment.

Note: This series is designed to strengthen the work of CCEDNet members! 

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WEBINAR: Employee & Community-based Ownership Succession and Buy-Outs
October 14, 2021

Even before the pandemic, business succession was a growing challenge due to Canada’s aging population. Learn more about opportunities for employees and communities to convert  businesses to co-ops or social enterprises while increasing democratic ownership, improving resiliency, revitalizing neighbourhoods, and in many cases saving businesses from closing down. 

CAMPFIRE CHAT: Sharing Policy Strategy & Efforts
November 4, 2021

We are stronger when we work together! Explore the overlaps between your policy priorities and those of others, and figure out ways to complement each others' efforts.  

WEBINAR: Community Investment Organizations
December 2, 2021

Recent years have seen increasing interest in strategies that redirect investments for community benefit. Based on the proven success of Nova Scotia’s CED Investment Funds, other provinces have launched CED investment and tax credit programs, and communities across the country are organizing to redirect capital to local needs. Find out more about this inspiring work and the levers that are available in your region.

WEBINAR: Social Procurement and Community Benefit Agreements
January 13, 2022

Procurement is a powerful tool for a strong economy and social impact. Social procurement strategies including community benefit agreements are expanding throughout the country, at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Join CCEDNet members at the forefront of this issue to learn more.

CAMPFIRE CHAT: Government Relations – Triumphs and Tragedies
February 10, 2022

Have you had interactions with the government that were a resounding success? What about ones that went very, very badly? Join us to learn from others’ experiences and share your own lessons learned. If you’re a novice, no worries! The more the merrier.

WEBINAR: Workforce & Entrepreneurship Development
March 10, 2022

The current rapidly changing labour market marked by skills shortages creates opportunities for broader workforce participation. At the same time, entrepreneurship and innovation are critical to the development of resilient local economies, especially in times of change. How can investments in workforce and entrepreneurship development do double duty by lifting up those who face institutional and systemic barriers?  

CAMPFIRE CHAT: Campaign Communications
April 14, 2022

Sometimes our campaign messaging really hits the mark, leading to success. Other times...not so much. Lessons can be learned from both! Bring your stories and get ready to share learnings as well as some rueful laughs!

WEBINAR: Decent Work & CED
May 12, 2022

The trend towards more precarious work and the gig economy has been hastened by the COVID-19 pandemic. These types of work devalue workers and serve to push those facing systemic barriers further to the margins. How can CED organizations push back on this trend and be part of the global decent work movement?  

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