Summer 2009

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In this issue:

  1. 2009 National CED Conference and CED Week!
  2. The Canadian CED Network endorses anti-poverty campaign "Dignity for All"
  3. Pre-Budget Submission by the Canadian CED Network: Recommendations for a Sustainable Economic, Social and Environmental Future
  4. The Canadian CED Network welcomes new Board member, Ryan Gibson
  5. The Canadian CED Network contributes to national and international agenda for community- based research
  6. A CED dating service? Looking at CCEDNet's CEDTAS initiative
  7. Social Enterprise: A viable instrument for effective immigrant settlement 
  8. Please join us at the 2009 CED Gathering on October 23, 2009
  9. Membership Committee call for new members


CCEDNet News

1. 2009 National CED Conference and CED Week!

In recognition of the strong and vibrant community economic development sector in Manitoba, as well as the National CED Conference held in Winnipeg in early June, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs issued a proclamation declaring it "CED Week in Manitoba!" Participants attended more than 40 workshops, 5 full-day site visits, and heard passionate keynote speakers from Pukatawagon, Manitoba as well as Quebec, Guatemala, and Bolivia. Particpants also contributed to a collective National Action Planning forum. The Conference, hosted by SEED Winnipeg and Ka Ni Kanichihk, focused on exploring Indigenous Models of CED.

The Province of Manitoba and the Canadian CED Network also partnered to bring together more than 60 civil servants to hear about innovative and effective CED-related policy initiatives from Nunavut, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Ontario. As well, the Canadian CED Network's Food Policy Working Group organized a forum attended by more than 50 people from all parts of the country to talk about building a national policy framework for strengthening local food systems in Canada.

These activities all emerged out of the priorities identified by members: bringing people together to learn from each other, to find solidarity and support; to explore supportive policy frameworks that enable CED; to profile effective models and practice; to raise the profile of CED; to create space for members to identify priorities for advancing our work and for building a supportive environment for CED activities in Canada.

Missing a handout or presentation from the National CED Conference in Winnipeg?
All materials that were submitted by presenters are now available on
the 2009 conference page of the CCEDNet website.
Download conference presentations here> 

2. The Canadian CED Network endorses anti-poverty campaign Dignity for All

In the final month before Parliament rose for the summer, Dignity for All campaign staff and committee members were active in their engagement on Parliament Hill.

Several organizations appeared before the HUMA committee as part of their hearings on the federal contribution to reducing poverty in Canada. Follow these links for more information about presentations by Campaign 2000, Canada Without Poverty and Make Poverty History, the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, and Citizens for Public Justice...(continue reading)

The campaign has three goals:

  1. A comprehensive, integrated federal plan for poverty elimination
  2. A Federal Act to eliminate poverty, promote social inclusion and strengthen social security
  3. Sufficient federal revenue to invest in social security

Read more about the Campaign, and sign up yourself and/or your organization in support of Dignity For All.

3. Pre-Budget Submission by the Canadian CED Network: Recommendations for a Sustainable Economic, Social and Environmental Future

Executive Summary
The tax and program spending levers available to the federal government provide a number of opportunities to catalyze entrepreneurial initiatives that contribute to sustainable and inclusive economic development. As part of a whole-of-government approach to supporting community innovation and social entrepreneurship, incentives to leverage private investment as well as direct federal investment are vital measures that can enhance prosperity and contribute to Canada's efforts towards a sustainable economic, social and environmental future. Compared to other countries, Canada is falling behind in this field. Our recommendations for measures that the 2010 Budget can take to begin catching up are:

  1. Create a Greater Role for Social Enterprise in Economic Revitalization
  2. Provide Sustained Support for Community Economic Development Organizations and Community Capacity Building
  3. Improve Access to Capital

To read the entire submission (PDF), click here

The Canadian CED Network encourages members to contact us for support in advancing the Communities Agenda if they intend to present before the committee (

4. The Canadian CED Network welcomes new Board member, Ryan Gibson 

Originally from rural Manitoba, Ryan is a Research Affiliate with the Rural Development Institute of Brandon University. For the past seven years Ryan has been engaged in community development projects and processes focused on rural and Northern governance, regional collaboration, co-operatives, community foundations, and rural revitalization. Ryan Gibson is the Chair of the Canadian CED Network's Membership Committee.

5. The Canadian CED Network contributes to national and international agenda for community- based research

The Canadian CED Network is represented on the steering committee of Community-Based Research Canada, a new cross-sectoral network of universities and civil society organizations pushing for greater community-university-government partnerships in research that will impact real needs in Canadian communities.

  • For more information about Community Based Research Canada, and to access resources designed to support these efforts visit their website: 
  • A report has been produced that provides the first comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities of community university partnerships in contributing to the sustainable development of Canadian communities. Download the paper here.
  • A related international network, the Global Alliance for Community Engaged Research, has also produced and presented a brief to UNESCO's World Conference on Higher Education in July. Download the brief here.
  • A symposium in Ottawa last May brought together practitioners and university representatives to debate the importance of civil society partnerships with universities and colleges, and the need for anti-oppressive research to give power to citizens in influencing policy and learning. To view PowerPoint presentations from this symposium, click here

CCEDNet will continue to participate in advocating for the community voice and agenda in these discussions and welcomes feedback from its members (

6. A CED Dating Service? Looking at CCEDNet's CEDTAS Initiative

Send us your profile, tell us what you are looking for, and we'll see if we can find the perfect match for you! Sound familiar?

All kidding aside, this is one way to describe the pilot project community leaders in Winnipeg launched three years ago. They had identified the same thing as the Canadian CED Network did when it surveyed community economic development (CED) organizations in 2002: many people active in CED feel that they lack many of the skills required to pull off all the projects that need doing.

This is why one of the pillars of the first National CED Policy Framework concerned building the capacity of communities. That is also why CCEDNet stipulated that a capacity building component (if only $18 million over five years) was essential to the ill-fated federal Social Economy Initiative back in 2004.

To answer this need for capacity in Winnipeg, four groups simultaneously arrived at a series of diverse but related concepts. They ranged from the provision of mentoring and side-by-side training in proposal writing, budgeting, management, project development, and governance, all the way to direct engagement of technical professionals, after the example of the Community Design Centre in Pittsburgh. The provincial government, which was interested in funding to address this community need, asked the parties to go into a room together and not come out until they had agreed on one unified concept.

Read the rest of the article here>>

7. Social Enterprise: a Viable Instrument for Effective Immigrant Settlement 

The Canadian CED Network's Immigrant Settlement and Integration through Social Enterprise (ISISE) project aims to illustrate that social enterprise is a highly useful model in assisting immigrants integrate into Canada.

An essential first step for the project is surveying immigrant social enterprises and organizations that support immigrant social enterprise development, to discover practices organizations identify as central to their mission.

Survey for Social Enterprises

Survey for Organizations that Support Immigrant SE Development

Survey Deadline August 20, 2009. To complete the survey by phone, please contact Nicole Rosenow-Redhead, ISISE Project Researcher 1-877-202-2268, ext.104 or


8. Please join us at the 2009 CED Gathering on October 23, 2009 

Over four hundred delegates from community, the non-profit sector and government will come together to share ways to reduce poverty in Winnipeg. This event gives community-minded people and organizations an opportunity to work together and learn about CED in Manitoba. More information to come shortly for online registration and workshops!

9. Membership Committee recruiting new members!

The membership committee is a dedicated group of practitioners within the Canadian CED Network that recruits new members and advises on marketing, membership benefits and services to support the members' capacity to advance CED across Canada. The underlying purpose of the Membership Committee is to draw upon the wide range of CED experiences in CCEDNet's membership so that the Network successfully embraces the political, economic, social, ethnic, gender and regional diversity of the sector and the country. We need your passion, excitement and skills!

To apply, send your resume, cover letter outlining your personal experience (maximum 2 pages please) to Bianca Mathieu, Member Engagement Coordinator at by August 31, 2009. For more information, click here.



Canadian CED Network Members in the News!

CBC feature on Member Inner City Renovation Inc

Inner City Renovation Inc is an innovative business that operates in inner-city Winnipeg and employs people on the margins of the workforce, many being Aboriginal. CBC's "The National" prepared a feature on Inner City Renovation, its employees and its organizer/manager, Marty Donkervoort. The show aired on June 30th as part of their series, Canadians Making a Difference.

Watch the Video

CTV featuring Spence Neighbourhood Association

CTV's Jon Hendricks on how a once-troubled Winnipeg neighbourhood is growing into something different. The Spence neighbourhood has struggled with violence and poverty, but several programs - including a community garden - are helping turn the area around.

Watch the Video

CBC on the difference ACEM is making

Association Communautaire d'Emprunt de Montréal (ACEM) is one of Canada's oldest and most successful non-profit micro-credit loan organizations. Lynne Robson meets some of the entrepreneurs they've helped.

Watch the Video


Emerging Leaders in the Social Economy Research Scholarship Program

The Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub) is inviting proposals for research scholarships from practitioners and students under 30-years old who are working in the Social Economy. This scholarship program is intended to promote original research by "emerging leaders" in the Social Economy that will advance knowledge for the sector, and enhance the capacity of successful candidates to further strengthen the Social Economy in academic and practitioner sectors in Canada. The Program will provide scholarships of up to $3,000 per recipient towards salary replacement, national/international travel, or other actual costs of conducting research and producing a research report for publication by CSEHub. Click HERE for more information.

Emerging Leaders in the Social Economy 1st Intake - Research Scholarship Winners
The CSEHub is proud to announce two winners of the Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program's first intake. The proposals were submitted on April 15th 2009, and two hard-working youth are now the recipients of $3000 to help with their research projects. The winners are Jody Bauche from British Columbia and Andreas Gouldborough from Québec.  Click HERE to read more


Learning Enrichment Foundation - Canadian CED Network Member Profile

by Brodie Metcalfe

Beginning in 1978, in response to a pressing need to address social, educational and employment concerns in the city of York in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), a number of community stakeholders gathered together to form the Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF). Initially, LEF provided multicultural theater for children, but quickly grew in scope to include a number of programs and services, including skills training, youth counseling and childcare. LEF now attracts people from all over the Greater Toronto Area who access their various programs... (continue reading)



Canadian Index of Wellbeing
On Wednesday, June 10, the Institute of Wellbeing launched the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. The Index has been developed by a number of non-governmental (and some institutional) partners under the leadership of the Atkinson Foundation. CIW's new website has been live since June 10th. View the Index HERE.

Commemorative Book "A Century of Co-operation" Now Available
One of the highlights of the Canadian Co-operative Association's National Congress in Ottawa was the launch of A Century of Co-operation, a commemorative book by Canada's pre-eminent co-op historian, Ian MacPherson. The 234-page book chronicles the history of Canada's co-operative movement through text and images from the movement's beginnings to the present day. The book can be ordered HERE.

Social Finance Blog is an online platform for the community of people and organizations that are actively trying to advance the development of a social finance marketspace in Canada.

Canadian CED Network 2008 Annual Report (PDF)


Jobs and Events

Living our Values: Social Enterprise in Action
Join hundreds of existing and prospective social enterprise operators from every region in Canada at the Third Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise taking place in Toronto, November 18-20, 2009. The conference will consist of three days of training and work sessions toward a national policy agenda and action plan. (Website)

Women's World 2011
"Inclusions, Exclusions, and Seclusions: Living in a Globalized World" is the theme of the international and interdisciplinary gathering of and about women to be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada from July 3-7, 2011. (Website)

Request for Proposals - Canadian Centre for Women's Economic Development
Program Evaluation and Learning
The Canadian Women's Foundation (CWF) invites proposals from qualified consultants to plan, design and conduct the evaluation of CWF's five-year initiative to support low-income women to build sustainable livelihoods. This work is to be done collaboratively with the Canadian Women's Foundation and grantees during the period of October 2009 - June 2014. The successful consultant(s) will have proven experience in project evaluation, women-centred economic development and project management.(PDF | Website)


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