Social Enterprise

On this page you will find resources that may assist you if you are starting a new social enterprise in Canada or to sustain and expand one that is already operating.

We will also offer web based sessions featuring experts in the field.

In our session  ‘Social Enterprise – Is it LEGAL?’ two legal experts in the area describe what you can and cannot do.

In our session  Starting a Social Enterprise: The First Five Years two veterans of social enterprise  (including a current funder of social enterprise) discuss the stages of a social enterprise and what you can expect at each stage.

InSocial Enterprise in Rwanda: Creating Sustainability learn about setting up revenue generation through social enterprise in a developing country.


The Social Economy Centre (SEC) of the University of Toronto promotes and disseminates multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on issues affecting the social economy.

The Social Enterprise Council of Canada (SECC) is an alliance of social enterprise leaders who leverage their networks, knowledge and experience in order to build a strong and enabling environment for social enterprise
A 2009 report profiling the access to three distinct forms of capital in Ontario and Quebec – development capital, solidarity finance and state finance -was released in 2009.
Social Enterprises in Ontario and Quebec – A Comparison Report written by Peter Elson and associates and developed in collaboration with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, is the first of five research reports that will compare different policy dimensions related to social enterprises and nonprofits in Ontario and Quebec. In this report, a contextual comparison of Ontario and Quebec is followed by a profile of sources capital for social enterprises and non profits.
An interview with John Elkington, Founder and Chief Entrepreneur, SustainAbility. Social entrepreneurs are generating impressive results — and capturing the imaginations of businesspeople and public policy makers.


The following are links to resources that are available on a provincial basis.

British Columbia





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