The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) believes that now is the time for the deliberate construction of government and/or private sector policies that will both scale up the level of CED activities in Canada and improve the effectiveness of those activities.
To develop an agenda that CCEDNet can vigorously and credibly pursue, a series of five regional meetings, culminating in a National Policy Forum, discussed a range of ideas provided by a widely circulated draft framework. This present statement, then, arises from the consideration and analysis by several hundred participants (organisations and individuals) in these forums, and it represents the official policy position of CCEDNet.
We recognise that all of us can do things differently and better, and in fact one of the prime purposes of founding CCEDNet was self-improvement of its own member groups. However, this document deals only with the way new government and private sector policies would help us do our work better.