Social Innovation Generation at the MaRS Discovery District (SiG@MaRS) in Toronto commissioned Miller Thomson LLP to write a report on Structural Options for Social Enterprise in Canada.
The attached report considers the various structural options for social enterprise from the perspective of a social entrepreneur contemplating a new social venture. It addresses the issues that should be considered before deciding upon a structure, and then describes available structures, outlining how each will suit different combinations of priorities. This report adapts for Canadian readers the work of Jim Fruchterman, who discussed structural options for social enterprise from this perspective in the US context. After reviewing the considerations that Fruchterman emphasizes as crucial before making structural decisions, the report writers then review some of the structural options available in Canada, and the pros and cons of each.