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Policy Frameworks to Support CED and the Social Economy in Québec and Manitoba

National Movement on Building a People-Centred Economy

International Movement on Solidarity Economy

Other Social Economy Research


Highlighted Canadian CED Network Social Economy research products

The Community Economic Development Sector and Progressive Policy Change in Manitoba by Alexandre Charron

The Growth of the Social Economy in Québec Through the Unification of the Movement Since 1996 by Alexandre Charron


International Movement on Building a Solidarity Economy


What is ALOE?

The Alliance for a Responsible Plural and Solidarity Economy (ALOE) rallies actors from various disciplines for its central task of collectively designing, reflection, exchange, promote and implement a responsible, plural and solidarity economy (RPSE). 

US Solidarity Economy Network

Works to connect a diverse array of individuals, organizations, businesses and projects in the shared work of building and strengthening regional, national and international movements for a solidarity economy.

South American RIPESS

Working together to building an alternative and compassionate economy


National Movement on a People-Centred Economy

Research by the Canadian Social Economy Hub has featured analysis of the unique role and relevance of social economy organizations to public policy issues around the world. 

The discourse has grown as researchers, civil society organizations and governments seek to respond to inter-related socio-economic and environmental challenges.  The economic downturn has fuelled this interest in seeking a more people-centered economic model, a role that the research suggests is unique to the social economy. 

Our National research papers summarize research on the role of social economy in public policy, and how public policy itself can strengthen the outcomes of the social economy for societal benefit.

In 2010, opportunities for engagement and knowledge mobilization on these important research findings were a priority in preparation for the National Summit on a People-Centred Economy in Canada in Ottawa, May 30-June 1, 2010. 


National Research Papers

Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships

The purpose of the Public Policy Paper series is to investigate different areas associated with the Social Economy with the overall aim to strengthen the public policy environment for Canada’s Social Economy.


Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships Content Analysis of Research 

  • The CSERP Content Analysis Research Table
  • This document provides a snapshot of all the projects in which the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships (CSERP) have been/are involved as of November 2008. The information was compiled from CSERP member midterm reports, websites, and feedback.  For more information about specific projects please contact those researchers or community members who have a deeper understanding of what exactly their projects are examining and whose emails are included in the table from node members.

    This project has been jointly developed by the Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub) and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) through the CSEHub's Public Policy Committee.  A special thank you goes to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, whose funding made this work possible. 

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Learning for a Change: Approaches, Ideas and Discussion about CSL, Citizenship Development, and Social Change

This Seminar took place on Thursday, 29 October, 2009


Anne Docherty, Storytellers’ Foundation and Kerri Klein, Canadian Community Economic Development Network


The Community Development Service Learning (CDSL) project was created to explore how intentional learning opportunities could further the goals of social change within Community Economic Development (CED)arenas across Canada.   CED is an alternative to conventional approaches to economic development. It is founded on the belief that problems facing communities - unemployment, poverty, job loss, environmental degradation and loss of community control - need to be addressed in a holistic and participatory way.

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More Social Economy Research

A Presentation by Nancy Neamtan on the Social Economy to the 2009 International Labour Organization Panel on Sustainable Enterprise

Nancy Neamtan, President and CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale was recently invited to speak about the Social Economy to a panel of the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

Follow the link below to download the text of her presentation in which superbly defines the social economy in a Canadian and international context and points to ways it can contribute to economic recovery. 

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Strengthening Public Policy Supports for the Social Economy in Canada

A presentation to the Association for Non-profit and Social economy research (ANSER) at Carleton university, May 27-29 2009 by Cysytal Tremblay. 

Download the power point file for this presnetation based on Crystal Tremblay's extensive literature reviews of material written about the Social Economy in Canada and internationally.  Click here>>


Housing For All: The Social Economy and Homelessness in Victoria

October 16, 2008 - The second guest in the 2008 BCICS and CSEHub Fall Speakers Series: Co-operation and Sustainability was Benjamin Isitt, an assistant professor and post doctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. Prof. Isitt discussed solutions to homelessness that already exist in British Columbia's Capital Region, with a focus on the innovative and diverse Social Economy organizations that today house more than 7,000 Greater Victoria residents.

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To download the paper "Housing For All: The Social Economy and Homelessness in British Columbia’s Capital Region" click here>>


Government Policies towards CED and the Social Economy in Quebec and Manitoba

John Loxley, a professor of Economics with the University of Manitoba and Principal Investigator for the Manitoba Research Alliance on CED in the New Economy, explores in this paper the policies supporting CED/Social Economy activities in both Quebec and Manitoba. The research distinguishes some of the similarities and differences between the two provinces and their underlying causes. The paper also examines what is unique about the two provinces within Canada's Social Economy movement and how their stories can provide lessons for building the Social Economy in other regions of Canada.

This research report was prepared for the Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) by Linking, Learning, Leveraging, the Community/University Research Alliance (CURA) representing the regions of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario in the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships (CSERP). See the Project Overview for more information.

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Social Economy in the Co-construction of Public Policy

This paper explores the democratization of public policy in Canada and the role that Social Economy plays within this evolution, comparing and contrasting similar experiences in Latin America. The research investigates certain theoretical and empirical data on specific social policy reforms, paying particular attention to reforms in which co operation is seen between the state and stakeholders in the social and solidarity economy. Literature reviews concerning the participation of stakeholders from civil society, the market, the third sector and the social and solidarity economy in the democratization of the state and public policy are also taken into account.

The author, Yves Vaillancourt, is a professor at the School of Social Work in the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he is also leading the Laboratiore de recherche sur les pratiques et les politiques sociales (LAREPPS) a research unit studying social policy and social practices. This paper is building upon his previous research (see the French documents: Vaillancourt, 2008 and 2007).

The research for this project was supported by LAREPPS, CRISES, and ARUC-ÉS, Quebec’s CURA on the Social Economy and partner in CSERP. The original French document has been translated into English for the CSEHub's Public Policy Committee.

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Social Enterprises and the Ontario Disability Support Program 

A recent policy forum sponsored by Ontario's Ministry of Community and Social Services (Randolph Group, 2006) indicated that there is increased interest in the province to explore public policy options for supporting social enterprises.  This report identifies areas for policy improvement related to social enterprises which employ persons in receipt of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  

Algoma University's Nordik Institute, with funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through CCEDNet, undertook this research initiative as part of  Linking, Learning, Leveraging.  The report also developed four case studies which help form the basis of the policy analysis.

Charles Printing

COIN Food Services

Jarrett Value 2 Co-op

OTW Café

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