In 2011, funded by the Institute for Nonprofit Studies (Mount Royal University), we partnered with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development to develop a research project whose purpose was to canvass social entrepreneurs and social economy experts with respect to the prospects and potential drawbacks associated with pursuing a separate legal structure for social enterprise in Canada.

The project emerged from a variety of drivers associated with the advancement of the Canadian social enterprise sector, including coordination and mobilization, a variety of research initiatives seeking to better understand the social economy, and government interest in accommodating ways to stimulate private capital for public good.

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