SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

November 08, 2005 14:30 ET

Minister Emerson Announces Research Initiative in the Social Economy at the University of Victoria

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), today congratulated the University of Victoria on receiving $1.75 million in funding from SSHRC to support a major research initiative on the social economy.

This funding is part of a $9-million investment in five universities across the country announced today by the Honourable Eleni Bakopanos, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development with special emphasis on Social Economy. The funding will support research networks studying how community groups, the volunteer sector and co-operatives have created and continue to contribute to the social economy.

"Social economy organizations make an essential - but often unrecognized - contribution to our economy and to the health and well-being of all Canadians," said Ms. Bakopanos. "This research will help prepare future generations to meet the challenges facing them in building a productive economy and sustainable communities."

Dr. Ian MacPherson of the University of Victoria will oversee the national research network on the social economy. This national "hub" will work with the regional networks in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia announced today. Together, they will reach out to Canadian researchers, public servants, politicians and communities, and will focus on developing policies that better support social economy organizations and improve their overall effectiveness. Efforts will also be made to engage young people to ensure continuing contributions to the social economy.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the value of the community in helping people in British Columbia achieve targeted objectives in terms of health care, education, housing and neighbourhood development," said Minister Emerson. "Today's funding will fuel innovative thinking that will improve the quality of life for all Canadians, now and in future generations."

SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and help develop better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

Note to editors: SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-reviewed competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    fox.christiane@ic.gc.ca
    or
    SSHRC
    Dore Dunne
    Media Relations Officer
    (613) 992-7302 or (613) 720-0323 (cell)
    dore.dunne@sshrc.ca