Social and solidarity economy
QUÉBEC CITY, May 25, 2018 – Meeting in Montréal as part of the 2018 C2 Montréal conference, which ends today, Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, and Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, signed a declaration expressing their desire to foster the development of relations between Québec and Luxembourg in the area of the social and solidarity economy.
By signing this declaration, Ministers Anglade and Schmit wish to mark the beginning of a process to encourage discussions on laws and public policies supporting the social and solidarity economy implemented by Québec and Luxembourg. The aim is to optimize and enrich this economy through cooperation between the administrations concerned.
In addition, aware that the development of the social and solidarity economy is now a common concern, they are confirming their intention to establish and develop effective cooperation, based on their mutual interests in this area. They recognize that the social and solidarity economy promotes, on both sides, sustainable and inclusive growth, in particular through the creation of quality jobs and social cohesion, thus enacting an approach that is responsive to community needs.
Québec and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg already share a friendship enriched by the established cooperation in the fields of culture, education and social security.
Through this commitment, Dominique Anglade and Nicolas Schmit have confirmed their commitment to promote the social and solidarity economy on the world stage while encouraging the development of public policies for this purpose, particularly in the context of bilateral exchanges, international events or work carried out by various bodies of international consultation. They also recognize the importance of supporting international research projects in this field, in order to enrich their knowledge and thus promote ecosystems in a comprehensive way.
The social economy is an integral part of the government plan to stimulate employment and the economy of Québec. Through the 2015–2020 government social economy action plan, which foresees a total investment of over $100 million by 2020, we are offering Québec’s collective enterprises a tool box that will enable them to better finance themselves, to invest, to innovate, to adapt to the digital age and to conquer new markets. Québec is certainly an example and an inspiration in terms of the social economy. I am therefore positive that this collaboration with Luxembourg will be mutually beneficial and will strengthen our support to the network of companies known for their ability to identify emerging needs and properly respond to communities’ aspirations.
– Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy
This collaboration with our Luxembourg partners lays the foundations for an exchange of good practices in an ever-changing field. Québec greatly values international collaboration because it allows us to both ensure collective development based on proven models and promote the expertise and know-how acquired here and recognized around the world.
– Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
- The Plan d’action gouvernemental en économie sociale 2015-2020 (in French only) sets out the measures implemented for the development of the Québec social economy. It focuses on six objectives: equipping social economy businesses at all stages of development; improving access to markets and innovating in social economy; highlighting social economy businesses’ response to the challenges of population aging; encouraging socio-professional insertion in social economy businesses; supporting collective entrepreneurship as a solution to the succession of traditional businesses; and contributing to the development of social economy businesses throughout the province.
- Founded and imagined by creative agency Sid Lee, in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Fast Company and Microsoft, C2.MTL, a nonprofit organization, organizes the C2 Montréal event, which has been attracting leaders and senior executives of international creative businesses since 2012.