The Social Economy in Alberta and BC: Preliminary Patterns
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The BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance (BALTA) is collecting information on the scope and scale of the social economy in British Columbia and Alberta. As part of this research endeavor, the BALTA Mapping project conducted an online survey in 2008, and has kept the survey running into 2010. This paper sets out some preliminary patterns of the social economy in British Columbia and Alberta, with an emphasis on mission, employment, target groups, gender and governance, revenue and engagement with market practices. Data collected so far illustrates the diversity of the sector and underlines its importance for individuals, communities and the economy.