The non-profit sector is a significant contributor to the Canadian economy. Over 170,000 non-profit organizations, including 85,000 charities, currently operate in Canada. In addition, consumers increasingly demand greater environmental and social responsibility from the businesses they support, which has resulted in a growth in the number of social enterprises being established across Canada. In 2013, British Columbia introduced the Community Contribution Company, a new type of hybrid corporation focused on creating a social impact, the first of its kind in Canada.
As the non-profit sector continues to evolve and grow, there is a need for the data and research that will ensure the sector is able to meet its investment, knowledge, and labour needs. In two recent projects, Ference & Company outlined the characteristics of the labour market in British Columbia’s non-profit sector, and helped collect, analyze, and present labour market information related to the social venture sector in British Columbia.