HAWKESBURY, ON, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Thanks to Government of Canada
support, Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell will work with community
partners to address the needs of the region's vulnerable groups, such
as youth, seniors and people with disabilities.
Mr. Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell,
made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley,
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"The Government of Canada is committed to working with local
organizations to develop solutions that meet the needs of communities
and achieve better results for Canadians," said Mr. Lemieux. "We are
proud to partner with organizations such as Groupe Convex
Prescott-Russell, to address complex social issues across Canada."
With $255,000 in federal funding, Groupe Convex will bring together
local partners to explore innovative ways to tackle social problems in
Eastern Ontario. These partners will develop social enterprises —
initiatives that provide goods and services while addressing local
issues. The intent of these social enterprises is to hire vulnerable
people in the region.
The remaining funds for this initiative are being contributed by Groupe
Convex; la Société de développement communautaire; the University of
Toronto; and Valoris Prescott-Russell. Shared initiatives like this
will result in enhanced programs and services to support the well-being
This project is being funded as part of the Government of Canada's
Social Partnerships Strategy. Economic Action Plan 2013 reinforces the
need to bring partners together to find innovative approaches to local
challenges, such as building partnerships across sectors and leveraging
new ideas and sources of funding.
A social enterprise uses business strategies of both for-profit and
not-for-profit organizations to achieve a social good. This emerging
business model is helping to increase the financial strength of
community organizations by providing an alternate source of revenue to
tackle complex social problems.
Not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) are encouraged to invest in change
and adopt new approaches for greater organizational resilience and
community impact. A social enterprise approach can be an option for
NFPs that want to stabilize and diversify their funding base while
enhancing their programs or services. The result: stronger, more
sustainable non-profits and healthier communities.
The Government of Canada's support for social enterprise will encourage
a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, while sharing risk and
responsibility. Through a social enterprise, an NFP can advance its
mission, fill a market need in their community, and provide
opportunities for its client base to participate in community.
Social Development Partnerships Program
The Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP) invests in
organizations that support the well-being of Canadians — from
developing a better understanding of the issues Canadians face, to
providing greater access to information, programs and services.
Through grant and contribution funding, the SDPP supports community
programs that directly assist non-governmental organizations in
developing and implementing innovative solutions for overcoming
barriers. For example, organizations carry out projects to help
families that are taking care of elderly parents while raising
children; to help youth who are at risk of dropping out of high school;
and to increase participation, opportunities and accessibility for
people with disabilities.
For more information on the SDPP, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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