The holiday season is also a time to help build fairer, more sustainable local economies. Here are a few examples of CCEDNet members and local initiatives across the country who are creating opportunities for everyone to share in the joy.
CCEDNet Board member Carol Madsen of Tradeworks Training Society in Vancouver was on Global television explaining how their Women’s Workshop social enterprise makes beautiful Christmas ornaments while providing trades training for women in the Downtown East Side and using recycled wood.
Manitoba’s Community Enterprise Development Tax Credit is another way individuals can invest in community enterprises that are revitalizing neighbourhoods and creating a more sustainable and equitable local economy. Businesses currently looking for investment through this tax credit include the Peg City Car Co-op, Neechi Commons, and Pollock’s Hardware.
Of course, shopping at local, independent businesses is an important way to strengthen local economies. The folks at Local First Toronto have prepared a poster with 12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local This Holiday Season.
You can also make a donation to the work of CCEDNet members around the world, such as CÉCI’s projects on food security and economic development of women, and Crossroads International’s initaitives empowering women and girls to control their own lives and providing skills and training to increase their power to earn an income.
The Chantier de l’économie sociale proposes a wide range of products and services from social economy enterprises to support solidarity purchasing for Christmas.
The Board and staff of CCEDNet wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best for the new year.