Our Impact

We help you make a difference

The S4ES project was designed to bring value to the social enterprise community. Through our programs we have expanded networks, provided grants and connected countless social enterprises, intermediaries and various levels of government with our partners to help tackle barriers to success.

THE COLLABORATIVE EXPERTISE AND ABILITY TO LEVERAGE EACH PARTNER’S NETWORK IS A KEY STRENGTH OF THE S4ES PARTNERSHIP
SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY - S4ES RELATIONSHIP REPORT

Growing from 98 connections in 2017 to 348 in 2019, the S4ES ecosystem is expanding our partners reach, improving their ability to support social enterprise across Canada.

By the numbers

119 social enterprises increased their capacity to plan, measure and report their social impact through SEI's Impact Practice Program.

7,000 people reached with 134 tailored modules through Social Enterprise Institute's (SEI) online learning platform

387 tailored support sessions provided by SEI certified coaches accessing rural and remote communities through targeted peer learning.

112 countries’ social entrepreneurs supported through SocialShifters.co bitesize expert elearning and community of support.

148 social enterprises gained access to the support and knowledge they needed to plan, build and launch their business with SEI’s Steps to Startup program.

8 organizations attributed over $1,192,000 in contracts for social purpose organizations in the Vancouver area thanks to Buy Social Canada’s social procurement and community benefit resources.

172 social enterprises promoting and selling their products though Le Chantier’s online marketplace, Akcelos.

22 events across Canada and around the world supported through S4ES’s Event Sponsorship Program, building the capacity of over 5,500 people.

28 social enterprises supported and 81 new jobs created because of their access to a $800,000  loan fund managed by six fund administrators.

Check out our social enterprise support
We know the impact social enterprise can make, so we are building a whole library to showcase it.

Here is a sneak peak at our stacks

Downtown Eastside 2019 Social Impact Report

Where many see Vancouver's Downtown Eastside as a problem to be avoided, the social enterprise sector saw an opportunity for a struggling community to thrive. Take a closer look at how social enterprise has made a difference, in the Buy Social Canada 2019 Social Impact Report.

Read the full PDF report

Skilled Accents Grant Fund Case Study

Skilled Accents employs newcomer and refugee women in London, Ontario facing serious employment barriers.

As part of the S4ES Grant Program they were able to secure a $50,000 loan from VERGE Capital. The loan helped them move from a home-based operation to viable social enterprise in a commercial space that can grow with them.

But that’s not the whole story. Check out the full case study to learn more.

S4ES Grant Fund Case Study Skilled Accent

Marketplace Revolution

Managing partner of Buy Social Canada and author of the Marketplace Revolution, David LePage, sees the path to a more egalitarian and healthy society.

Learn more about what he calls, the "Social Value Marketplace" and join the revolution.

Go to BSC's website to buy this book