Social Enterprise: An Emerging Business Model for Social Change

Kelly Rahardja Ontario’s social enterprise sector is booming, and it’s about time. As Canadian governments and businesses continue to invest in social initiatives and entrepreneurs, future innovation and economic growth is something we can all look forward to. But what exactly is a social enterprise? Social enterprises defined Broadly defined, social enterprises are businesses that…

Ford+SPPG Conference: Immigration in a Populist Era

Kelly Rahardja The United States is undergoing a transformation of its immigration policy that could prevent thousands of incoming refugees from gaining entry into the country. As legislative action continues to target refugees at the federal level, the need for state refugee integration and resettlement programs becomes increasingly salient. It was relevant then that this…

Opportunity Knocks: Ending Homelessness in Canada

Amanda Buchnea  New developments around Canadian federal housing policy bring the nation to a crossroads in which we must ask: Is Canada ready and willing to take the steps necessary to end homelessness? A number of events and announcements from throughout November 2016 suggest that the answer could be ‘yes’. The 2016 National Conference on…

Building Impact – Decent Work for the Nonprofit Workforce

Taylor Davis Nearly 1 million Ontarians are employed in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector. The roughly 55,000 organizations that employ these people contribute more to the province’s economy than heavy-hitter industries such as accommodation and food services, automotive manufacturing, and agriculture. However, the NFP sector stands apart as being primarily purpose-driven rather than profit-driven. These purposeful…