Dozens of Canadian social impact leaders joined a working group focused on rooting out systemic racism. What progress has been made?

The Solidarity Working Group advances inclusion, diversity, equity, and access within Canada’s social finance, social innovation, social economy, and community economic development sectors.

Why It Matters

Black and Indigenous people are underrepresented in Canada’s social purpose sector – and correcting that imbalance will require leaders to centre justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Dozens of social purpose organizations have joined the Solidarity Working Group since its creation nearly two years ago to learn more about how they can advance inclusion and diversity within their own ranks.

Fifteen organizations signed onto the Solidarity Working Group’s public pledge in July 2020 to create a standing meeting on inclusion within the sector, as well as developing performance indicators to measure progress. They also called for the development of anti-racism and anti-oppression training for all Investment Readiness Program and Social Finance Fund partners. 

As well, the Group promised to develop an intermediary for African Canadians in the Social Finance Fund, and a self-determined fund to provide small grants and non-repayable loans to members of historically excluded groups working in Canada’s social finance and social enterprise sector. Since th

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