Social Economy Month

November is Social Economy Month in Quebec and in some parts of the world. More than 220,000 people work in social economy enterprises in Quebec. In a single year, the 11,200 social economy enterprises generate revenues of $47.8 billion. Three quarters of these enterprises serve mainly a local clientele. These are some of the highlights of the social economy’s contribution to society.

In the social economy, enterprises take various forms: NPOs, cooperatives, mutuals that involve their members, often their staff and clients. The goal is to meet the needs of their members and their community. Collective enterprises “are driven by values of inclusion, participation, respect for individuals and the environment.”

According to Laurent Levesque, Chairman of the Board of Directors the Chantier de l’économie sociale, the social economy is the “locomotive of the new economy. He points out that the mantra and the history of collective entrepreneurship in Quebec unquestionably support the political statements heard recently: “When we get together, we are capable of great things.

There are 22 social economy poles throughout Quebec. Each one offers diversified services in line with the needs of the community. To learn more about the social economy enterprises of the Pôle de Longueuil, click here.