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Social Partnerships Project -- Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Ottawa

Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is an Ottawa-based, private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. It is supported primarily by the Maytree Foundation, located in Toronto. The Caledon Institute does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion on poverty and social policy; and develops concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government.

Underlying Caledon's work is the quest for sustainable social policy - for strong, cost-effective solutions to the difficult problems created by our aging population, insecure labour market and rapid pace of social change. In 1995, Caledon embarked upon the Social Partnerships Project to explore new, creative ways to promote economic and social well-being. The project is exploring diverse initiatives in which business and nonprofit organizations work together to harness various forms of community capital in order to build community capacity.

In exploring the concept of collaborative alliances between sectors, we realized that there was a need for some way to help groups involved in exemplary partnerships to share stories of their groundbreaking work. We set out to capture these stories in a 24-minute video entitled "partners ... the sum is greater." The video highlights how three diverse business/nonprofit sector partnerships harness a wide range of resources to promote economic and social well-being in communities across Canada. The stories profile the Canadian Women's Foundation, Chevron Canada Resources and the Community Opportunities Development Association (CODA). The goal of the video is to stimulate discussion and inspire viewers to explore social partnerships as a creative means of promoting economic and social well-being.

For more information on the Social Partnerships Project, or to order the "partners ... the sum is greater" video, please contact Pamela Mollica, Project Coordinator, at

Tel: (613) 729-8778, fax: (613) 729-3896 or


The video can be purchased at a cost of $32.10 (incl. tax).