Public Policy and Programs

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To make a real difference, community economic development organizations (CEDOs) have to own productive pieces of the local economy. But finding the capital to make such investments is only part of...
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Manitoba and Nova Scotia have each enacted equity tax credit programs for CED purposes. Yet Nova Scotia has made much more intensive use of this capital-mobilizing tool. Ten years after launching its...
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A 2-page diagram summarizes a lot of what we do know (and indicates a lot about what we don't know) about the way capital flows to enterprises that blend social and environmental purposes with...
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The Harper government may imagine itself to be "new," but its policies with regard to bank accountability are fully 30 years behind those in the U.S.A. The Conservative Party does not believe issues...
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The current political environment sentences women-centred initiatives to an interminable, brain-numbing round of application for short-term, narrowly-defined grants. Over the last ten years, the...
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What distinguishes the Quebec experience is that an institution like the Fiducie du Chantier de l'économie sociale doesn't just supply capital to enterprises that pursue a triple bottom line. The...
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The 1996 report of Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance indicates growing federal impatience with the banks, but no willingness to take decisive action.
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Canada's chartered banks use their privileged position to prosper in hard times at the expense of small business, our social welfare system, and Canadian taxpayers as a whole. The newly formed...
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In 1990 the government of Saskatchewan instituted a guarantee program for a class of bonds to be issued by 'community bond corporations' for financing the creation or expansion of local business...
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How can Canada as a whole can begin to build the system and culture of community investment so prevalent in Québec and the U.S.A.? The first step is to define the financial players and the different...