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AdvocacyJan 18th, 2024

From 0.1% to 10% in 10 years: Social Enterprise Council of Canada and Buy Social Canada call for BDC Support for Social Enterprise to Grow

Within a supportive environment for the development and success of any business, including social enterprises, there are critical pillars of support that are needed for success. Two of these pillars […]

AdvocacyJan 9th, 2024

Social value isn’t just nice, it’s necessary: The marketplace revolution in 2024 and beyond

In 2023 we saw continued momentum for social procurement and social enterprise growth, implementation, and capacity-building. Governments, corporations, and community intermediaries are championing social value in procurement as they recognize […]

AdvocacyDec 27th, 2023

City of Vancouver CBA Policy boosts construction sector impact on local projects

City of Vancouver’s CBA Policy is currently applied to several construction projects which are creating inclusive jobs and keeping money in the community. Vancouver, December 27, 2023 – Construction projects […]

AdvocacyDec 4th, 2023

The Social Economy Ecosystem calls on the Federal Government to continue support for Social Innovation and Social Finance

The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a Government of Canada grants and contributions program designed to support social purpose organizations (SPO’s) to contribute to solving pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges across […]

AdvocacySep 28th, 2023

Is the Social Finance Fund the inclusive solution?

The recently announced Social Finance Fund (SFF) is intended to meet a critical gap in access to finance for social purpose organizations. “The SFF will support charities, non-profits, social enterprises, […]

AdvocacyJan 10th, 2023

Response to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 2022-23 Legislative Review

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), a financial crown corporation wholly-owned by the Government of Canada, is Canada’s only bank exclusively focused on providing support to SMEs and entrepreneurs. […]

AdvocacyJan 3rd, 2023

Make a resolution to advance the marketplace revolution

2022 saw incredible progress with social procurement and community capital creation. People and organizations across the country are working to add value to their procurement in multiple ways, such as […]

AdvocacyMay 27th, 2022

Approvisionnement avec retombées pour créer des possibilités d’emploi pour les personnes en situation de handicap (Français)

English version here. Ce mémoire sur l’approvisionnement social a été envoyé aux ministres fédéraux. La création d’emplois efficaces pour les personnes vivant avec un handicap est une nécessité complexe et […]

AdvocacyMay 27th, 2022

Buy with impact to create employment opportunities for persons with disabilities

Version Française ici. This thought piece has been sent to Federal Ministers to advocate for social procurement. The complex and persistent need to create effective employment for persons with disabilities […]

AdvocacyJan 26th, 2022

Social enterprise and the marketplace revolution: A manifesto for the future

Version Française ici. By: David LePage, author of Marketplace Revolution Business can be much more than merely a means of economic transaction. Business is the exchange of goods and services […]

AdvocacyDec 18th, 2020

Recommendations for City of Vancouver Budget 2021

Enhance and Amplify Implementation of COV Existing Social Procurement Policy. Outcomes: Enhance Community Value Created from Existing Budget Spending Maximize the Re-investment of Vancouver Taxes back into Vancouver’s Local Economy […]

AdvocacyMay 25th, 2020

Community Economic Development for COVID-19 Recovery in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

We are encouraging the City of Vancouver to continue working with community partners to enhance existing and established policy and programs as a means to support the next steps in […]