Ontario Investing $4 Million to Help Social Enterprises Grow
Fund Creates Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs
To help create jobs and build a fairer, more prosperous province, Ontario is providing funding to 11 organizations that support early-stage social enterprises.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced these investments today at the Economic Club of Canada. Through the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund, Ontario will support 11 social finance organizations across the province. These organizations will, in turn, provide loans or grants to early-stage social enterprises, helping them start or grow their businesses. Ontario’s $4 million contribution is expected to leverage more than $6 million in investment from other sources, including the private sector.
The government wants to make Ontario the leading jurisdiction in North America for social enterprise. Sustainable social enterprises provide jobs for youth, women, newcomers, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and those with mental health or addiction challenges.
Growing the province’s social enterprise sector is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Social enterprises are ventures that use business strategies to drive social, environmental and economic change.
- The Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund is one of the key commitments in Ontario’s Social Enterprise Strategy.
- Ontario has about 10,000 social enterprises that employ an estimated 160,000 people.
- Over the next decade, the global social finance market is expected to generate up to $1 trillion in new impact investment capital.
- It is estimated that 68 per cent of social enterprises in Ontario have a poverty reduction focus.