Common Thread Cooperative

Common Thread Cooperative is a social enterprise that sources street banners and other fabric to convert them into colourful and durable products. They coordinate production using their network of producers.  These include women like Halima who are newcomers to Canada or who have employment barriers and thrive in our flexible work environments. how to make…

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The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

Founded in 1994, The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre is a multi-service organization located in Toronto’s West end providing community based programming for everyone. They welcome all, including all demographics, social classes, status, gender and gender identification, ethnic background, religion, and age. As well, they provide exceptional programming for high-needs children, youth-at-risk, homeless men and women,…

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Charcoal Lane

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Charcoal Lane is a modern Australian restaurant serving contemporary Australian cuisine infused with native flavours.  They employ and train disadvantaged indigenous and non-indigenous young people. Case Study Website Key takeaways: Enter a market where you are familiar with the industry. Trying to learn a new industry might be a huge learning curve. Working to get…

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EMBERS Staffing Solutions

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EMBERS Staffing Solutions started in 2008, and is a project of EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society), a Vancouver-based community economic development charity founded in 2001. EMBERS Staffing Solutions was the first socially responsible, non-profit staffing agency in Canada. EMBERS provides companies with high quality blue-collar workers on a monthly, weekly or daily…

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Free Geek

Free Geek is a non-profit community organization that reduces the environmental impact of waste electronics by reusing and ethically recycling donated technology. Through community engagement they provide education, job skills training, internet access and free or low cost computers to the public. There are dozen autonomous Free Geek organizations located throughout the U.S. and Canada.…

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