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Profile of CED in Ontario


This report is the result of a recent survey of 56 community economic development (CED) organizations undertaken by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network‟s (CCEDNet) Ontario Region. This project signifies an important movement towards better understanding and developing the sector in Ontario, drawing upon the framework of a national report with a similar focus that was published in 2003. Though the report is not a comprehensive study it serves as a solid sample of CED in the province.


Sharing for Social Change: An Exploration of Shared Space and Shared Service Models in Ontario's Non-Profit Sector

Nonprofit organizations are increasingly experimenting with new forms of shared space and shared services. By working together, they are able to achieve greater efficiencies in their operations and greater impact in their local communities. Here in Ontario we have a number of organizations who are pioneering this field. From shared work spaces and back-office services to community hubs and project trusteeship, these groups are exploring the ways that sharing can lead to social change. Our goal is to bring together nonprofit organizations from across the province to share experiences and strategies for putting collaboration to work. Sharing for Social Change will allow us to explore questions like: What experiments are underway...and are they working? What are the secrets from the veterans? How can we all benefit from sharing for social change?

Election Time: CED Lobbying Tips!


Why should you lobby?
Letters, emails, and in person meetings are all avenues for lobbying. Meetings with MPPs, Candidates, and/or their staff in your riding will help raise awareness of CED/social enterprises and highlight the main issues within the movement. Educating and informing legislatures about needs within the social enterprise and CED movement will help persuade the government that their support is important and required.

The following are a few key points these meetings would help achieve:

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2008 CCEDNet-Ontario Policy Framework

CCEDNet Ontario advocates for a policy agenda that builds the social economy and enhances
community economic development as a way to:

1. Build Fairer, Stronger Local Economies,
2. Tackle Poverty And Homelessness, and
3. Create Sustainable Communities

We call for public policies that create an enabling environment for communities to create their
own futures, building on the innovation and commitment of thousands of active
citizens/volunteers and their community organizations.

Social Business Manager:

Social Business Manager

Causeway Work Centre is committed to developing and operating social businesses designed to provide competitive supported employment to persons with a disability or other barriers to employment. Causeway currently operates the Ottawa Social Purchasing Portal, a food services business, a landscaping business, and a used bicycle repair and sales business. The Social Business Manager will oversee the business operations of all current and future social enterprises.

28 Mar 2008


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