Public Policy & Government Relations

CCEDNet’s Policy Work

CCEDNet provides a platform for its members to share information, collaborate, and coordinate actions to more effectively advance a pancanadian CED-related policy agenda.

The Policy Group enables interested CCEDNet members to network, share, and exchange information and ideas about policy work, mostly through an on-line team communication platform.  

The Policy Council, elected from among Policy Group members, meets regularly to carry out research, consultations, and due diligence to develop and advance policies for the scaling up of CED.


The strength of the network and our policy work is not simply in the Policy Council, but in the whole membership. 

The Policy Council gets its policy agenda and mandate from CCEDNet’s membership, which represents thousands of community initiatives working with tens of thousands of community members in every part of the country.  Our policy priorities have been developed over the years through dozens of consultations with thousands of individuals who are active in their communities.

This is why the Policy Council works with members in every part of Canada to advance our Network’s Policy Priorities, and to support the specific CED policy work that individual members are advancing in their own communities.

Policy Council Members

Candice Zhang
Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)
Toronto, ON

Carinna D’Abramo-Rosales
Supporting Employment & Economic Development (SEED)
Winnipeg, MB

Chelsey MacNeil
Common Good Solutions
St John’s, NF

John Buck
Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC)
Montréal, QC

Kreisha Oro
Guelph & Edmonton

Kristen Thoms
Quint Development Corporation
Saskatoon, SK

Kumsa Baker
Toronto Community Benefits Network
Toronto, ON

Lucy Cullen
Toronto, ON

Maureen Strickland
Northern ON

Rispah Tremblay
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
Edmonton, AB

Ryan Oneil Knight
Afro-Caribbean Business Network (ACBN)
Ajax and Brampton, ON

Samuel Green
Calgary, AB

Policy Priorities for Community Economies

Across Canada, people are taking action to create more equitable, inclusive and sustainable community economies. 

Governments can help.

CCEDNet’s Policy Priorities propose pathways to well-being for all, by implementing the federal Social Innovation and Social Finance strategy.

Header image of CCEDNet's 2019 National Policy Priorities, featuring a picture of community bicyclists.

CCEDNet Promotes Policy Priorities to Federal Ministers

Following the appointment of the federal Cabinet in December, CCEDNet has sent letters to key Ministers with recommendations based on our Policy Priorities.  Read the letters sent to: Supporting effective…

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CCEDNet Recommendations for the 2023 Federal Budget

CCEDNet’s 2023 Pre-Budget Brief outlines our priorities and proposals for the next federal budget, namely the full implementation of the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. In June 2022, the…


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On September 29th, the We Want to Work coalition sent two questions to all candidates for mayor and council in the City of Winnipeg ahead of October 26th’s municipal election:…

CCEDNet shares recommendations for Inclusive, Sustainable, and Prosperous Communities in Manitoba for Provincial Budget 2023

Recommendations for more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous communities in Manitoba were shared with the Government of Manitoba recently through CCEDNet Manitoba on behalf of the Network’s over 80 member organizations…