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Summit Builds New Partnerships For Greater Good

McGuinty Government Asks Ontarians To Help Shape Social Change

Ontario continues to work on tackling social challenges, like poverty, pollution and unemployment.

In partnership with SiG@MaRS, the province is asking Ontarians for their help with their ideas and solutions through a Wiki - an online collaboration sharing tool. 

Today, Ontario's first Social Innovation Summit is bringing together local and international leaders from non-profits, business, academia and community groups to discuss how best to tackle social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges.

Exploring partnerships and innovative ways to make social change is part of the 2011 Ontario Budget - Turning the Corner and supports Ontario's Innovation Agenda aimed at igniting growth in the industries that will shape our future and create Ontario's next generation of jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The wiki was developed by The Working Group, a Toronto based web design company and Moxie Insight, an innovative research company that focuses on emerging technology trends and their impact on businesses.
  • Ontario's non-profit sector supports one million jobs and contributes close to $50 billion to Ontario's economy.
  • Social Innovation Summit featured lectures and workshops focused on developing tools and partnerships that could lead to social solutions and create a more competitive business climate, resulting in more jobs and growth.
  • SiG@MaRS - developed with support from Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation - is one of the world's first dedicated social innovation programs.

Additional Resources


Glen R. Murray

“Social Innovation is more than a description; it is the action of creatively addressing our challenges. By coming together today across sectors and different work cultures, we are bringing innovation to life. Together we can harness this collaborative power to fight poverty, find jobs and create solutions made in Ontario with people not for them.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of Research and Innovation

“We know that social issues like poverty reduction require innovative solutions and an all-hands-on-deck approach. The ideas generated from today's summit and through the wiki in the weeks to come will help Ontarians continue to work in partnership to develop creative solutions to complex challenges.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues

Dr. Eric Hoskins

“Social innovation comes from the ground up - it comes from people and from communities. When we break down silos and work in collaboration, we find new ways of solving problems together. That's why social innovation is so important, and this summit is an enormous step in the right direction.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Media Contacts

  • Ralph Benmergui

    Minister's Office



  • Brigitte Marleau

    Communications Branch