• Alberta,  Atlantic Canada,  British Columbia,  Indigenous,  Manitoba,  Ontario,  Quebec,  Social Innovation,  Social R&D

    Important Moments for Canadian Social Innovation in 2018

    This was a important year for social innovation in Canada. The biggest news is probably that the federal government announced an $805M investment in social innovation, the importance of which can not be overstated. But that funding exists because Canada has already become a global leader in social innovation, thanks to work being done from coast to coast by social innovators and organizations everywhere. As we begin this new year, we’re looking back on some of the important moments and learnings from 2018 that will help shape the year ahead.   The Social Innovation and Social Finance Committee Releases Their Policy Report A 17-person committee appointed by ESDC from government…

  • Manitoba,  Social Innovation

    The SEC’s post office beginnings

    What we call the Social Enterprise Centre started out as Canadian Pacific Railway Post Office Postal Station A building at 765 Main Street. Most people think of travel or transporting goods when they think of the railway, but one of the most important roles it played was mail delivery. Built in 1924, Postal Station A was an important part of the nationwide mail system. Mail received from across the country, as well as from folks in Winnipeg, was sorted and sent out through this building. The building also included a section called Immigration hall, which was demolished some time after 1969, leaving the structure as we see it today. Mail by…