Social Innovation & Social Finance: Case Studies in Canada


In 2017, the Government of Canada created the Social Innovation & Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group. The group provided 12 recommendations to advance social innovation and mobilize social finance in Canada. In November 2018, the Fall Economic Statement from the federal government outlined a proposed $755M Social Finance Fund to invest into socially innovative projects.

Funded by Government of Canada, the UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (SauderS3i) identified 23 case studies of social innovation in action across Canada.

These case studies represent innovative and new ways of tackling serious challenges faced by Canada. Ranging from projects providing new platforms to finance clean energy projects in Ontario to cafés hiring individuals with barriers to employment in British Columbia, these case studies represent how social innovation can be applied to solve the social and environmental issues we so urgently need to address.

We’d also like to acknowledge the support from Territoires Innovants en Économie Social et Solidaire (TIESS).


Funded by the Government of Canada.
The opinions and interpretations in these publications are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.

Financé par le gouvernement du Canada.
Les opinions et les interprétations figurant dans la présente publication sont celles de l’auteur et ne représentent pas nécessairement celles du gouvernement du Canada.


About SauderS3i
The UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (SauderS3i) is focused on leveraging business tools to advance social innovation and sustainability, through research, incubation, and application. SauderS3i works closely with impact investors to advance the market in Western Canada, by providing high quality research, advisory work on capital allocation strategies, and building a pipeline of innovative social ventures.