New Report Demonstrates Scope of Market Activity and Socio‐Economic Contributions of Social Enterprise Across Canada

May 26, 2016

Canadian National Social Enterprise Sector Survey Report 2016The National Social Enterprise report was released at ECONOUS2016 in Montréal on May 18, 2016. 

In 2014 and 2015, the Social Enterprise Sector Survey, under the direction of Peter Elson (Mount Royal University) and Peter Hall (Simon Fraser University) with critical support from provincial partnerts, collected impact data from non-profit social enterprises in all provinces and territories of Canada (except Quebec, where the Comité sectoriel de main d’oeuvre économie sociale et action communautaire conducted an independent sector survey).

1,350 of more than 7,000 confirmed social enterprises across Canada reported at least $1.19 billion in revenues, including over $828 million in sales. They paid at least $442 million in wages and salaries to 31,000 employees, of whom 76% were mission-focused employees. Social enterprises across Canada also trained 116,000 people, provided services to over 5.48 million individuals, and involved 116,000 volunteers.

A series of sector summary sheets highlighting enterprises with a focus on culture, environment, poverty,  disability, urban/rural, age, employment, training for workforce integration and income generation for a parent organization; and a full national report, all provincial reports, working papers and a list of local funders and partners are available at

Download the Canadian National Social Enterprise Sector Report

CCEDNet-Ontario and CCEDNet-Manitoba were both povincial partners.

This survey was made possible with the support of Enterprising Non‐Profits Canada, Mount Royal University and Simon Fraser University. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Employment and Social Development Canada.​