Stories for Good

There's an abundance of businesses doing good and enterprising social-mission organisations in the Eastern Ontario region. We’ve asked some of those local entrepreneurs to share their stories, shine a light on the ups and downs of their journeys and highlight the resources that were most helpful to them along the way. We hope these stories inspire other entrepreneurs to take a similar path and do good better with their businesses.

Do you have a social enterprise success story? Tell us about it

Building meaningful connections with the land, water and local peoples.

  • Founded: 2018
  • Organizational Structure: for-profit
  • Home base: Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Sector: Arts and Culture

Bringing local produce to market | Training, mentorship and access to low-cost land for new farmers

  • Founded: August 2015
  • Organizational Structure: for-profit
  • Home base: Fordwich Ontario
  • Sector: Consumer Goods, International Development

Entrepreneurial autistic youth learning and launching soap businesses

  • Founded: 2018
  • Organizational Structure: non-profit
  • Home base: Sudbury, Ontario
  • Sector: Consumer Goods, Education

Encouraging diversity, supporting entrepreneurship and empowering women where beauty connects

  • Founded: 2017
  • Organizational Structure: for-profit
  • Home base: Hamilton, Ontario

Intersectional feminist podcast covering the latest in politics, social issues and pop culture

  • Founded: March 2017
  • Home base: Unceded Algonquin Territory
  • Sector: Advocacy, Arts and Culture

Social enterprise empowering youth to create powerful video products

  • Founded: 2014
  • Home base: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sector: Arts and Culture, Education

Empowering people with mental health and employment challenges to find rewarding work.

  • Founded: 1977
  • Organizational Structure: non-profit
  • Home base: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sector: Education, Social Services

Using musical programming to foster empowerment, inclusivity and community - all while having fun!

  • Founded: 2007

Bridging social and economic integration for people in need while greening Ottawa.

  • Founded: 2002
  • Organizational Structure: charity
  • Home base: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sector: Consumer Goods, Materials and Industry, Social Services

Providing catering services with a mission to reintegrate people into the labour market

  • Founded: January 2008
  • Organizational Structure: non-profit
  • Home base: Orléans, Ontario
  • Sector: Consumer Goods, Health
Not sure where to start? Check out our guides for entrepreneurs and business advisors Close notice