SE Tools

To assist existing social economy organizations and to help those interested in starting this type of operation we have created a web page that provides links and information on tools and resources available. There are many new and existing tools that can support nonprofits, voluntary groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and other groups. 

New Resources Available

  • CRA Charities listings. Financial information (including staff compensation levels) for Canadian charitable organizations that have filed CRA returns can be found here.
  • the Charities file - a joint project of of theCentre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development funded by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to build the capacity of small and rural charitable organizations across Canada and assist with annual compliance reporting to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
  • SmartLabrador Inc. offers successful solutions for adoption of technologies for improved communications, business operations and capacity building to empower rural-remote communities, organizations and businesses. An initiative led by SmartLabrador is the North Atlantic Knowledge Network  and is based on experiences working with northern, rural and remote communities in development of information technologies and understanding the needs and challenge of these regions. This is a "community-contributed" tool for a variety of knowledge resources pertaining to living and developing northern, rural and coastal communities of the North Atlantic region. To read more about SmartLabrador  and their operations click here or visit their website at
  • The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide: 2nd edition. Aug. 2010. Enterprising Non-Profits.
  • Co-op Development Information Services - provides information to those wanting to start a co-operative or expand an already existing one. Visit
  • Sustainable Community Development Web Portal (BC Centre for Social Enterprise) - hosts information on a number of topics related to sustainable community development -

The View from Here: Manitobans call for a poverty reduction plan Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) June 2009

Creating a Non-Profit Organization guide. This 18 page guide has been prepared for the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre by Volunteer Manitoba to help guide individuals through the process of starting a not-for-profit organization. It provides information on starting a not-for-profit, the structure and other considerations. This detailed booklet is available at

HR Toolkit now available at the HR Council website. This online resource provides information for managers, employees and board members.  There is also an online "HR checkup" to check out the current status of your organization HR situation. Take the HR Checkup at You can also access tools and resources to assist your organization.

Canadian Cooperative Association and the Co-operatives Secretariat - both provide various tools, guides and information sources related to co-op development.

Resilient Communities Canada  is host to a number of links providing timely information on topics related to sustainable community development

The Social Enterprise Guide is available to order from Enterprising Non Profits (ENP). The guide includes an overview of social enterprises, as well as the Canadian context and how to start a social enterprise Canada. Chapter summaries can be viewed on their website, at .

Community-University Partnerships in Research - Over the last five years the Canadian Social Economy Hub has amassed significant experience in the theory and practice of community-university research partnerships.  On this webpage you'll find some of their own reflections, links to a number of organizations, and a variety of theoretical and practice ("how to") resources on the practice of community-university research partnerships. The goal is to demonstrate and support the immense work and diversity in this burgeoning area of practice

Imagine Canada
offers a number of tools and resources (that membership is required to access) on their website  including:

SectorCast Webinar Series - web/audio conferences designed to give participants an opportunity to share and discuss of-the-moment issues affecting the nonprofit and charitable sector
Canadian Directory to Foundations and Corporations - a directory of grant-giving foundations found in Canada
Ethical Code Program - helps meet donor expectations
Insurance and Liability Resource Centre

MyCharity Connects - a website dedicated to connecting charities to the technologies they need to succeed

The Art of Advocacy: A Handbook for Non-Profit Organizations - the full handbook is available online through the Canadian Community Economic Development Network Financial fitness 101: Building a Financially Healthy Not-for-Profit Organizations- offers financial advice for the development of the not-for-profit sector

Social Enterprise Guide - The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide was originally published in 2006 and was the first extensive and comprehensive published resource, tool kit, and collection of social enterprise stories in Canada. The revised 2nd Edition of the Guide reflects the learning of Enterprising Non-Profits program and its 10 years of supporting the development and success of social enterprise through technical assistance and resource development. The Guide includes chapters written by enp staff, social enterprise practitioners, professional trainers, funders and organizational development professionals.

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