Social Inclusion and Community Economic Development: Final Report

Canadian CED Network

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Michael Toye and Rupert Downing

Year: 2006

The Pan-Canadian Community Development Learning Network was a two and a half year project of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) that promoted learning about and examined how integrated, community-based initiatives contribute to social inclusion.

Running from October 2003 to March 2006, the project facilitated peer learning and developed evidence-based research to strengthen integrated models of service delivery that build assets, skills, learning, social development and economic self-sufficiency opportunities relevant to local community conditions.

The final publication of the project, this document presents an overview of the research results and policy recommendations supported by the research.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
The Canadian Community Economic Development Network
The Pan-Canadian Community Development Learning Network Project (PCCDLN)
Summary of Project Activities
2. The Need for Change
Growing Inequality in Canada
The Costs of Inequality and Exclusion
A New Approach
3. Research Findings
Literature Review on Social Inclusion and CED
Case Studies
4. Policy Recommendations
i) Make Social Inclusion and the Social Economy an Overarching Federal Policy Objective
ii) Create New Horizontal Program Supports for Comprehensive Community Development
iii) Support Education on the New Paradigm of Integrated Social and Economic Development
iv) Invest in Sector Strengthening
          Peer Learning and Networking
Action Research and Evaluation
Private Investment
Leadership and Practitioner Development

5. Appendices
Research Team
Project Advisory Committee Members (as of January 2006)
References and Other Policy Resources on Social Inclusion, CED, and Comprehensive Approaches