Few outside of the social impact world likely zeroed in on this phrase in the Trudeau government’s Speech from the Throne last Wednesday: Governor General Julie Payette said the government would create 1 million jobs “by using a range of tools, including direct investments in the social sector.”
Still, beyond that, there were very few mentions of the non-profit, philanthropic, co-operative or social finance sectors. While the government did commit to addressing many of the issues these sectors work on — affordable housing, Indigenous rights, and gender equity, to name just a few — many in the world of social impact say it missed an opportunity to articulate a commitment to partnering with civil society organizations already hard at work on those causes.
Future of Good reached out to 11 social impact leaders for their takes. Each leader graded the speech as a
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