The Government of British Columbia has just declared the month of April 2014 to be Social Enterprise Month, and to show the world how serious it is, it produced a proclamation that was presented by the Social Development and Social Innovation Minister Don McRae at a gala last night.
Throughout the month, a number of social enterprise events will take place in the province.
Announcing Social Enterprise Month, the province highlighted some examples it recognizes as social enterprises such as the Salvation Army thrift store suppporting its social programs and the YMCA fitness centres generating revenue to shelter people experiencing homelessness. Co-ops and credit unions are also forms of social enterprise, it adds, as well as businesses that hire people with disabilities or other barriers to employment, including Potluck Café & Catering.
According to a 2011 survey, social enterprises in British Columbia generated over $60 million in revenues and provided services to nearly 700,000 people.
Meanwhile, the Government of New Brunswick is investing $300,000 to build a social enterprise hub in Saint John. A three-storey building will be constructed to house office and training space for nonprofits, social enterprises, and microentrepreneurs.
The proposed 1,350-square-metre (15,000-square-foot) building will be located in Waterloo Village, a neighbourhood targeted in the Vibrant Communities poverty reduction strategy.
Both provinces, as evidenced by their actions, strongly support social enterprise as a method to improve the lives of marginalized people.
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