SEDI stands for Social and Enterprise Development Innovations. We are a national charitable organization dedicated to enabling poor, unemployed and under-employed people to become selfsufficient. We envision a society where there are no barriers to prevent Canadians from realizing their full economic and human potential. We want to see social, cultural and economic supports that enable people to learn, take risks, invest wisely and participate in the economic mainstream. Our primary strength is in social policy innovation. We use our networks in the field of community practice to gather the evidence needed to develop relevant and inclusive policies. Our work ranges from the local to the global — from a local pilot project of Independent Living Accounts in Edmonton to international policy research forums at the OECD. Our overarching aim to enable self-sufficiency finds itself in each of our four program areas: self-employment, youth with barriers, financial capability and asset-building.
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