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In 2013, Canada saw a lot of exciting progress in the social enterprise sector:

1. Hosting the Social Enterprise World Forum:
Last October, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) saw more than 1,000 delegates from around the world convene in Calgary, Alberta.

2. Releasing Two Provincial Social Enterprise Studies:
In 2013, the provinces of Ontario and Alberta released surveys on social enterprise in Canada.

3. Passing Canada’s First Recognized Hybrid Corporation Structure:
Last July saw the province of British Columbia open up registration for a new recognized hybrid corporation structure, the community contribution company (CCC).

4. Launching North America’s First Stock-Exchange-Like Platform for Social Ventures:
The Social Venture Connexion (SVX) opened in Toronto on Sept. 19. With the hope of building Canada’s impact investing marketplace, SVX will allow social ventures to connect with potential investors.

As we enter the 2nd month of 2014 and celebrate our #Globallove campaign for Valentine’s Day, we look forward to seeing how social enterprise will grow in Canada in 2014. Will ethical fashion be a mainstream hit? Will the world turn to Canada for social enterprise models? How will the new initiatives the provincial and national government have unrolled in 2013 impact the social enterprise environment?

Globallove CampaignJust a reminder: Spread the word about social enterprise (#SocEnt) by sharing the #GlobalLove Campaign with your friends and loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Purchase an ethically-made or fairtrade product, learn about social enterprise and share it through Twitter and Facebook.