Letter from the publisher: What happened to Canada’s social innovation agenda?

Almost two years ago, in August 2018, then Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos said, “Our Government recognizes the need for innovative solutions to address pressing social problems and help vulnerable Canadians.” He followed this up about a year ago in Montreal with, “By creating more opportunities and implementing innovative solutions to some of the most complex and persistent challenges faced by our communities, social purpose organizations will further strengthen our society and the well-being of all Canadians.”

One could say that the Trudeau government has had the strongest push to support the growth of Canadian social innovation in the past decade. 

They announced the launch of a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-creation Steering Group in 2017 to guide the development of a Canadian strategy. Composed of


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