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 Volpe Announces Research Initiative in the Social Economy at the University of Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2005) - The Honourable Joseph Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today congratulated the University of Toronto on receiving $1.75 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (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, on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for SSHRC. 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. Jack Quarter, with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, will head the Southern Ontario research network. With his partners, he will study the impact of the social economy, including the role of co-operatives in integrating immigrants and refugees within mainstream society and the link between organic farming and sustainable rural communities. The regional network will also focus on Ontario's mandatory community service program and its impact on introducing students to the social economy.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the important role of the community in helping people across Ontario," said Minister Volpe. "The funding announced today will lead to innovative ideas about real life issues such as the economy, job creation, immigration, religion and neighbourhood development, and help us achieve targeted objectives in these and other areas."

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