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"Open for Business is the Ontario government's initiative to create faster, smarter and streamlined government-to-business services and to establish a modern system of government. It’s a key part of the Ontario government’s commitment to make the Province more attractive to business while continuing to protect the public interest." (MEDTE)

Pillar Non-Profit Releases Open for Business Pre-Consultation Report for the Social Enterprise Sector...

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Open for Business Co-op Roundtable

On January 15, 2014, we hosted a targeted meeting facilitated by Pillar Non-profit Network to formulate recommendations to cut red tape and reduce beaurocratic barriers for co-operatives. This meeting was part of a larger initiative by the Ministry of Economic Development, Training, and Education (MEDTE) to collect input from the wider social enterprise sector - but January 15th was the only session specifically targeted to co-operatives. 

We will be working with all co-op federations and associations in the province to help them solicit input from their member organizations, which can then be passed directly to On Co-op.


  1. To better understand the social enterprise sector and its priorities and have a coordinated approach;
  2. To canvass the sector and agree upon the issues that should be raised; 
  3. To identify priorities that meet the Open for Business (OFB) Roundtable criteria;    
  4. To share knowledge, share solutions and have transparent exchanges.



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