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

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

An experimental prototype school of tomorrow

  • Founded: September 2016
  • Organizational Structure: non-profit
  • Home base: Kanata, Ontario
  • Sector: Education, Social Services

A for-profit cooperative providing local, green investment opportunities in Eastern Ontario.

  • Founded: December 2012
  • Organizational Structure: co-op
  • Home base: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sector: Energy, Environment, Finance

Building hydroponic systems to grow food, capable of operating anywhere - including the Arctic!

  • Founded: 2015
  • Organizational Structure: for-profit
  • Home base: Bayview Yards in Ottawa
  • Sector: Consumer Goods, Environment, Materials and Industry, Technology

Empowering communities to learn about and test waterways using citizen science tools and platforms.

  • Founded: August 2015
  • Organizational Structure: non-profit
  • Home base: Impact Hub in Ottawa
  • Sector: Education, Environment, Technology
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