The Social Enterprise Gift Guide helps you "buy social and green" with gifts that give twice
TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Each gift you buy this holiday season can have significant impact on your community. Thanks to the Social Enterprise Gift Guide 2017-2018, extending the impact of your gift giving is now easier than ever. This second edition of the guide features a wide variety of products created by Canada's diverse social enterprise sector, representing non-profit and for-profit organizations, buy social certified, cooperatives and B Corps.
"This guide is a practical and unique way for anyone to support Ontario's social enterprises," says Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth. "It's a win-win, the gifts allow you to give twice – to your loved ones and to your communities in need."
Ontario has approximately 10,000 social enterprises that pursue social, cultural or environmental goals through the sale of goods and services. Poverty reduction is a common mission for these social enterprises, with many focusing on training and hiring people with barriers to employment as a direct solution.
The Social Enterprise Gift Guide includes a broad range of products and is fully searchable by product type, price range, region and other categories. Although the enterprises listed are located throughout Ontario, most of the gift ideas in the catalogue are available for purchase online. For example, you'll be able to purchase Indigenous-inspired warm and stylish Moccasins or Mukluks from Atlohsa Gifts, one-of-a-kind scarves that are eco-friendly 100% silk and handmade by youth facing homelessness in Toronto, a lifetime membership in the community-owned Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, or a complete Quebec Sign Language dictionary and other resources from Resosurdite in central Ontario.
"We're delighted to be a part of this special guide," says Dan Kershaw of Furniture Bank, which recovers and upcycles affordable furniture. "The gifts listed are not only of high quality, they produce such important impact."
This project was made possible thanks to a collaboration of numerous community organizations and the financial support of the Government of Ontario. You can find the full catalogue of products and services online at http://seontario.org/social-enterprise-gift-guide-2017/.
SOURCE Canadian Community Economic Development Network
For further information: For interviews and more information, please contact: Julie Forrester, or Julien Geremie: Julie Forrester, Social Enterprise Coach, Pillar Nonprofit Network, [email protected], 519-433-7876 ext. 213; Julien Geremie, Directeur général adjoint, Le Conseil de la Coopération de l'Ontario, [email protected], 416-364-4545