March 2012

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Canadian CED Network News

Saskatchewan CED News

CED Tools: MaRS Start-Up Library

Canadian CED News

Job Postings

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 

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 the quantitative benefits to funders and policy-makers? A recent article by Kirsten Bernas, a policy advisor at CCEDNet, 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

Meet our Members

The Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre

The Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre provides a wide range of social services for Prince Albert residents and has done so since its formation in 1968. The agency works with many community partners and volunteers to achieve its organizational mandate. Funding for the various programs and projects are provided by the City of Prince Albert, the Province of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada. >> Visit their website


CCCR is committed to crafting solutions and adaptations to the critical challenges stemming from climate change and peak oil. Their priority is working with communities to increase their resilience, especially their capacity to equitably meet their needs for food, energy, finance, and shelter. >> Visit their website

Saskatchewan CED News

10 New Co-operatives Incorporate in Saskatchewan in 2011

2011 brought significant growth in Saskatchewan’s co-operative sector with ten new co-operatives incorporated in a variety of sectors. These include two new housing co-operatives, a pre-school co-operative, a meat co-operative, along with several economic development co-operatives and worker co-operatives.

This is great news for the co-operative sector in Saskatchewan, and with 2012 being the International Year of Co-operatives, there is reason to be optimistic about continued growth in the coming year.

>> Read more 

(Source: Co-operative Spotlight, February 2012)

Live Webinar: Best Practices in Rural Physician Recruitment

SEDA and Grow Our Region are presenting a live, interactive webinar as part of their exclusive 2012 Online Learning Series. Best Practices in Rural Physician Recruitment will take place on March 28 at 1pm CST.

Many rural communities are losing access to healthcare services at all levels while other communities are holding their breath hoping that their local physician(s) will stay. The webinar facilitator, Tracy Schira-Parker, will discuss how to attract the right physician for your community and help participants understand the financial and fundraising requirements of the recruitment process.

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Co-operative Solutions: The benefits of fair trade and organic coffee

These days, it seems like fair trade and organic coffee is available everywhere, but few people know the real impacts that these ethical coffee products are having on farming communities. 

In an upcoming seminar, hosted by Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, Michael Zelmer will explain how the co-operative model assists farmers in Nicarauga to meet standards, exchange information, make decisions, access global markets, and cultivate a product with more resilient social and environmental benefits.

This seminar will take place on March 22 at the University of Saskatchewan, starting at 3:00pm.

>> 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% of Irish people 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 have launched a petition drive to urge the federal government to increase funding for the renovation of existing social housing units and more importantly, to continue to fund the operating subsidies for all the 900,000 plus 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).

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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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