Introduction to the Social Economy

Chantiers jeunesse is proud to have conducted its first workshop in partnership with the Conseil d’économie sociale de l’Île de Montréal (CESIM).

The Social impact accelerator program allows the first cohort of 35 volunteers to get in touch with experts in various fields related to entrepreneurship and the social economy.

On Tuesday, March 14, an introductory workshop on the social economy was presented by CESIM. This 2-hour workshop allowed volunteers to learn more about the social economy, CESIM’s core business, by answering the following questions: What is the social economy? Who are the main actors? Can I consider myself part of the social economy? What are the different legal forms that exist in the social economy?

The participating volunteers appreciated this enriching workshop for their entrepreneurial journey. It gave them concrete examples of NPOs and social economy cooperatives in Quebec.

What is the social economy?

The social economy is defined by collective enterprises (NPOs and cooperatives) that exchange or sell goods and services while contributing to the improvement of the well-being of its members or the community and the creation of sustainable jobs. To learn more, click here (in French only).

The next workshop for our cohort of social entrepreneurs will be held on April 25th with SEEnet, a social economy initiative of the Regional Development Network, a network of 18 regional organizations serving English-speaking communities in Quebec.

Chantiers jeunesse is proud to be able to connect youth with Quebec’s social entrepreneurship resources and networks to support them in the long-term development of their social impact projects.


The Conseil d’économie sociale de l’île de Montréal (CESIM) is Montreal’s social economy development body whose mission is to promote and amplify this movement. Its mandate is to promote and support the emergence, development and consolidation of social economy enterprises and projects, while fostering dialogue and partnerships with local and regional players. Recognized by the Agglomeration of Montreal, CESIM acts as a Regional Pole for the Social Economy, like the 21 other Regional Poles in Quebec.