The Federal Role in a Social Finance Fund

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Organization: 
Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
Author: 
The Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C., Chair The Honourable Chantal Petitclerc, Deputy Chair The Honourable Judith Seidman, Deputy Chair

The Federal Role in a Social Finance FundThe federal government has been engaging with civil society and the private sector for several years, investigating whether and how the government could support social finance initiatives. Social finance is intended to bring private investment to social purpose. Social finance initiatives could include “pay-for-success” models in place of outright grants to fund programs, social procurement which would encourage civil society organizations to bid on government contracts, and/or contributing to a fund that could support civil society to innovate and create social enterprises.

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RECOMMENDATION 1:
The committee recommends that the federal government create and contribute to a pan-Canadian social finance fund. The fund would operate at arm’s length from the government, thus not constraining how funds are raised or spent, other than to determine its purpose and to establish accountability mechanisms for its contribution.

RECOMMENDATION 2:
The committee recommends that when assessing where to invest federal money in a social finance fund, the government look for opportunities to leverage funds from other investors.

RECOMMENDATION 3:
The committee recommends that the federal government explore the use of dormant bank accounts as their basis of capital for the social finance fund.

RECOMMENDATION 4:
The committee recommends that a portion of the federal contribution to a social finance fund be targeted to the development of new intermediary funds that will provide economic and social opportunities to traditionally marginalized regions and communities.

RECOMMENDATION 5:
The committee recommends that the fund support institutional capacity building to ensure that organizations are capable of participating in the social finance ecosystem.

RECOMMENDATION 6:
The committee recommends that the federal government make a multi-year commitment to a social finance fund, with fixed amounts flowing periodically over those years, and that the government anticipate a longer time to offer returns.

Table of Contents

ORDER OF REFERENCE
COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
INTRODUCTION
CONTEXT
BACKGROUND
SOCIAL FINANCE FUNDS
   A. Social Finance Funds in Canada
   B. Social Finance Funds in Other Countries
THE PROPOSED ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
RECOMMENDATIONS
CONCLUSION
APPENDIX A: FUNDS AND INITIATIVES IDENTIFIED BY WITNESSES
APPENDIX B: LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS
APPENDIX C: LIST OF WITNESSES
APPENDIX D: BRIEFS

SOURCE: The Senate of Canada

Year: 
2018
Format: 
Document
Categories: 
Finance
Government
Policy Development & Advocacy
Social Economy & Social Enterprise
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