March 2012

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CED Tools: MaRS Start-Up Library

Canadian CED News

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Canadian CED Network News

Canadian CED Network Webinars Available Online

In case you missed them, CCEDNet’s most recent webinars are available to download on our website.

In January, Myriam Lafrance and Roz Lockyer spoke about how women’s economic empowerment activities are building local economies and stronger communities in Canada and internationally. Our December webinar session looked at how fair trade is strengthening communities in Canada and around the world.

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Have you Renewed your Membership?

Renewal notices were mailed to all members in January. If you didn’t get one and think you should have, please contact Stéphanie Cloutier at or 1-877-202-2268.

In order to vote in Board elections and at the Annual General Meeting, the deadline for memberships to be in good standing is April 13, 2012.

>> Click here to renew your membership on line or for more information on membership 

We've Moved! CCEDNet - Manitoba's New Office

CCEDNet - Manitoba is excited to announce that we have officially moved into Winnipeg's new Social Enterprise Centre. We are now located at: Unit 202 – 765 Main Street (R2W 2N5).

Our email addresses will remain unchanged. Brendan Reimer, Kirsten Bernas and Sarah Leeson-Klym can still be reached at (204) 943-0547.

About the Social Enterprise Centre: The Centre is being touted as Winnipeg's first social enterprise hub, and CCEDNet is proud to be among the first tenants in this new incubator for social innovation. Click here for a guided video tour of the new building, courtesy of Pollock's Hardware.

CCEDNet - Manitoba calls for CED in provincial budget

Together with our members, CCEDNet - Manitoba has sent a pre-budget submission to the Hon. Stan Struthers, M.L.A, Minister of Finance. The submission includes 10 budget-relevant recommendations based on policy resolutions that have been developed, debated, and endorsed by the members of CCEDNet - Manitoba.

In the submission we call on the Province of Manitoba to ensure Budget 2012 invests in things that matter to our Network, such as co-op housing, community-led development, poverty reduction and employment. 

To learn more, or to find out how you can use this document to draft your own pre-budget submissions, contact Kirsten Bernas at

>> Download CCEDNet's budget submission (pdf)

Value for Money: Measuring impact and using SROI

Storytelling is an important tool for demonstrating the value of your community organization. But how do you demonstrate and quantify these benefits to funders and policy-makers? A recent article by Kirsten Bernas, CCEDNet's policy advisor, traces the evolution of Social Return on Investment calculations and highlights the value in translating social outcomes into financial equivalents, while also demonstrating qualitative results.

>> Read the article in SEE Change Magazine

>> Find more information on SROI on CCEDNet's website

Find us in the news: CCEDNet – Manitoba Media Page

Extra! Extra! Read all about CCEDNet - Manitoba in the news! We have recently collected all of CCEDNet - Manitoba's appearances and contributions in the media and uploaded them onto a single webpage.

The page includes links to articles on co-operatives, social enterprise development, and CED principles that were published in local and national media outlets. These articles were either written by CCEDNet, or include contributions by CCEDNet staff.

>> Read more

Meet our Members

Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, as a non-profit organization, strives through advocacy, capacity building, provision of knowledge and sustainable funding from various sources to challenge and empower all citizens of the neighbourhood. >> Vist their website

SEED Winnipeg Inc. is a non-profit agency that works to reduce poverty and help renew Winnipeg’s inner city. They accomplish this by offering comprehensive supports and programs that help people start small businesses and save money for future goals. >> Visit their website

Manitoba CED News

Are you ready for the Dig In Challenge?

If you've ever wanted to connect with your food and bring healthy, local and fair meals into your home, then the Dig In Challenge might be for you. Dig In Manitoba is challenging all Manitobans to take the pledge to (1) shift at least $10 of their grocery bill to local food, (2) try at least 2 new Dig In activities, and (3) log your progress to be entered to win great prizes.

Step-by-step, Dig In Manitoba will help you sort through the facts and fiction and provide you with the tools and support you need to kickstart your journey to a healthier and fairer diet. Sign up online today!

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Capturing Opportunities 2012

All potential, new and experienced entrepreneurs, business owners, community leaders, youth and local organizations are encouraged to attend the 2012 Capturing Opportunities conference. This business and community forum will be held in Brandon on April 24-25.

Capturing Opportunities 2012 will feature information sessions and keynote speakers addressing new opportunities in grain marketing, food and the bioeconomy, growing from within and unique co-operative business models with particular examples related to the local economy. The forum will also feature the Great Manitoba Food Fight, Entrepreneur Boot Camp, and Celebration Banquet events.

>> Read more 

Credit Union Central Convention - Co-operatives build a better world

Co-operative and credit union members, supporters and actors will be gathering in Winnipeg next week for the Credit Union Central of Manitoba's 2012 Convention. This year's event promises to be especially memorable, as they celebrate both the UN International Year of Co-operatives and the 75th anniversary of the founding of Manitoba's first financial cooperative. In celebration of these events, the year's conference will focus on how co-operative enterprises are helping to build a better world.

>> Read more

Register now for the Vibrant Communities Symposium

The Vibrant Communities Symposium is being held on April 25 & 26, 2012 at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House in Winnipeg. The Vibrant Communities Symposium connects those working to create healthy sustainable communities from a social, economic, environmental and cultural perspective.

With neighbourhood walkabouts, keynote speakers, panel presentations and group discussion, the Symposium is designed to encourage dialogue, within and across sectors, and discuss the challenges inherent in these guiding principles – collaboration, community involvement, informed decisions, fairness and inclusion.

>> Read more

New Senior Housing Co-operative Announced

After a great deal of hard work, the Western Manitoba Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-op was thrilled with the January 20 announcement of joint funding provided by the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada which will enable them to finally realize their dream of building a co-operative to provide affordable housing to Brandon seniors.

Funding will be provided in the sum of $2.03 million that will support the construction of 34 units of affordable housing.

>> Read more 

CED Tool

MaRS Start Up Library

Do you know how big your market is? Need the latest trends? Not sure what blogs to read? The Startup Library is a curated collection of resources that help entrepreneurs answer common market-research questions and understand the startup ecosystem.

Built by the research experts at MaRS Market Intelligence, they have selected the "best of the best" in various categories - all designed to help you spend less time surfing and more time doing.

The collection features links to public domain resources from the government, private, and non-profit sectors.

>> Read more 

Canadian CED News

A Budget for the Rest of Us: Alternative Federal Budget 2012

The 2012 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB): A Budget for the Rest of Us, was launched this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

What makes the AFB different? It recognizes and proposes preliminary solutions to climate change and rampant inequality. The AFB also proposes innovative public investment initiatives that will help us avoid "a lost decade of high unemployment, depressed incomes, and chronic insecurity. Many of these proposals include CED principles, and CCEDNet is a proud contributor to the AFB report.

>> Download the AFB 2012 (pdf)

Co-operators outnumber shareholders 3-to-1

Did you know that India is home to the largest co-operative member population at 240 million? How about the fact that 70% Ireland's population are co-op members? It's all in a new research report, whose key finding is the fact that co-operative members triple the number of shareholders worldwide.

The report, written by Co-ops UK Secretary-General Ed Mayo, also suggests that the co-operative sector is demonstrating growth and resiliency, despite the uncertainties in global markets. Mayo concludes, "Despite the focus of attention on stockmarkets, however, it is co-operative enterprise that touches the lives of more people as owners worldwide."

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Defend our social housing - national petition

A coalition of housing organizations across Canada concerned over the withdrawal of federal funding for existing social housing have launched a petition drive to urge the Canadian government to increase funding for the renovation of existing social housing units and continue to fund the operating subsidies for the 900,000+ social housing units across the country.

CCEDNet has worked closely with our members, including the Right to Housing Coalition, to urge all levels of government to improve the accessibility of affordable and social housing in Canada (see our policy resolution, Affordable and social housing as a part of neighbourhood renewalfor more information). 

>> Read more

Save the Date! Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector Policy Forum

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University will host a policy forum on October 15-16, 2012 entitled "Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada".

The purpose of this forum is to examine and profile the context and application of current nonprofit funding policies in each of the four western provinces. Academic researchers will present a contextual analysis of nonprofit funding and senior policy makers, leading academics, and nonprofit executives will have the opportunity to discuss the implications of these initiatives. The forum will be held at Mount Royal University. Registration will begin in the early summer.

>> Contact Kim Warnke at for more information

(Source: ANSER Bulletin, March 2012)

2012 Quebec International Summit of Co-operatives

“An economic giant, but a political mouse.” That’s how the co-operative movement has sometimes been described. How can it become a real sphere of influence in economic and political arenas?

This is the fourth major theme of the Quebec International Summit of Co-operatives, held October 8-11, 2012 in Quebec City. Participants of the Summit will have an opportunity to hear internationally-renowned guest speakers and actively take part in discussions on key ways to increase the influence of the co-operative and mutual model worldwide.

(Source: On Co-op News)

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CED Book Club - Businesses With a Difference: Balancing the Social and the Economic

This 2012 book explores how market-based social economy firms such as social enterprises, social purpose businesses, co-operatives, credit unions, and community economic development corporations meet distinct social needs while making money. This book considers whether these types of businesses have the potential for growth in the modern economy. Through international case studies, including comparative analyses, this innovative collection highlights the unique issues that must be addressed when associations are accountable not to investors and shareholders, but instead to ordinary people.

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