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the Centre for Learning, Social Economy and Work at OISE, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Southern Ontario Social Economy Node

Project 1 and 2 - Mapping of Social Economy Organizations

Community Partners

Denyse Guy, Executive Director, Ontario Co-operative Association (Project Co-Lead)

Michael Hall, Vice-President of Research, Imagine Canada (Project Co-Lead)

David Lasby, Imagine Canada

For further information about this project, contact Michael Hall: mhall@imaginecanada.ca or Denyse Guy: dguy@ontario.coop


The cluster of Mapping Ontario’s Social Economy involves the creation of a data set that will indicate the size and scope of this province’s social economy as well as information on a set of related issues such as the challenges that organizations in the social economy experience. The mapping exercise used in this project is based upon a broad inclusive definition of the social economy and involves the following organization types: nonprofits, co-operatives and credit unions, social-purpose businesses, and mutual insurance companies. The research related to this Cluster is led by the partner organizations—Imagine Canada (Michael Hall and David Lasby) and the Ontario Co-operative Association (Denyse Guy and Mark Ventry), and also involves the social entrepreneurship project (Ann Armstrong and Ray Dart) and Laurie Mook and Jack Quarter of the Social Economy Centre. The research builds upon existing work: the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (Hall et al., 2004) on the size and scope of the nonprofit and voluntary organizations in Canada. This survey, undertaken by Statistics Canada in 2003, provided a wealth of information on nonprofits in Ontario. The survey has been adapted for use by primarily by co-operatives and credit unions but also with social-purpose businesses (a small cluster of businesses serving hard-to-employ persons with such challenges as psychiatric handicaps) and with mutual insurance companies (also a very small group in which policy holders are members with voting rights and that serves farm communities mostly in southwestern Ontario). It is anticipated that the survey data will be collected and analyzed by the summer of 2007. This study will lead to a report of the size and scope of Ontario’s social economy and the challenges it is experiencing. It will also lead to conference presentations and publications in academic journals by the participants.

Plans for communicating research results within the academic community

A report will be generated and promoted.

Plans for communicating research results outside the academic community

Fact sheet: Overview of the 2007 Ontario Co-operatives & Credit Union Census

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