Social Enterprise

Although there is debate regarding the definition of "social enterprise" opens in new window opens in new window, the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador and the World Forum PDF document opens in new window PDF document have described social enterprise as "pursuing social development using business methods".

Do you think you are operating a social enterprise? We want to hear from you! We are interested in hearing from social enterprise organizations for research opportunities, as well as program and policy development!

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Support for Social Enterprise

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador supports social enterprise development in a number of ways including providing grants and operational support. While “social enterprise” may not be listed as an eligible recipient for a program, that does not mean they are ineligible. Depending on the structure of the social enterprise, they may be eligible for programs generally targeted to for-profit or non-profit organizations.

Unsure as to whether or not you are eligible for a program? Be sure to enquire with the departmental contact. You can find regional contact information for some departments and contact information for each grant program in our list of grants.

  • Child care (Child Care Capacity Initiative, Inclusion Supports Program, Early Learning and Child Care Supplement and Child Care Service Subsidy)
  • Community support services (funding for non-profit incorporated Community Residential Services Boards and community support services)
  • Heritage organizations (operational Support for community heritage organizations and Provincial Heritage Sector Associations)
  • Funding which indirectly supports social enterprise by developing community infrastructure.

Social Enterprise Working Groups

The Office of Public Engagement has convened two working groups: one internal (consisting of government employees from a number of departments who deal with social enterprise ventures); and one external (consisting of community stakeholders). These groups provide guidance regarding current social enterprise-related activity and needs in the province. The internal Working Group committee includes representatives from: