What We Do

The premise for Urban Matters CCC is community and social innovation. Partnering with local social entrepreneurs and community focused organizations to see change through to implementation and the outcomes we all need. Great! But what does that really mean?

Our Communities, and the organizations that support them, are grappling with increasingly complex challenges. Big hairy complex families of issues like homelessness and affordable housing, food and water security, financial and environmental sustainability, inclusion and participation for everyone, climate change, and meaningful local economies. They are vexing issues, and often touch all aspects of society and are intrinsically connected to a host of other related and sometimes unrelated aspects of our lives. We just can’t seem to ‘fix’ them with the problem solving approaches we’ve used in the past.

Uggh. So what to do? We know we can’t keep doing things the same way expecting or hoping for better outcomes. We also know that there are solutions to many of the challenges we face; they’re often just caught up with implementation barriers. And we know that we’ll all need to collaborate and work together in new and better ways if we want to see change happen.

Thats where we come in. Urban Matters CCC was designed to partner with social entrepreneurs and any community focused organization to help you make the tough changes happen. We’re your implementation partner. To do this, we’ve developed three simple streams of activity to better describe ourselves to you.

Can we help you or your organization? We are hoping so.

We know this is all a little complicated yet too, so if you aren’t entirely sure and just want to talk this through, please reach out at info@urbanmatters.ca and one of our catalysts will be pleased to follow up with you.


“Indigenous Social Enterprise is all about creating meaningful and sustainable local employment, while helping our neighbours and communities along the way.”

Paul Lacerte

National Ambassador, MooseHide Campaign

Indigenous Social Enterprise

Achieving a meaningful and sustainable livelihood is a critical building block towards self determination; and an essential act of Reconciliation. So we’ve partnered with Indigenous Social Entrepreneur Danielle Levine to develop an independent Indigenous social enterprise incubator; called Kanuu.

Kanuu will ‘inreach’ into communities; reaching in to build relationships and nurture social ventures that will improve the lives of the people in those communities. Kanuu will prioritize and improve accessibility to the long-standing concept of social enterprise by sharing stories and experiences, unearth the budding social entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations, nurture individuals and organizations on the journey towards social enterprise, to support them through the early years of business launch with mentorship, and coaching.

Learn more at www.aboriginalsocialenterprise.ca


“What we see out there is an affordable housing crisis, particularly in the rental market in cities big and small, and we don’t have the resources necessary to fill that gap.”

Julian Castro

Community Housing Solutions and Socially Purposed Real Estate

What an issue; so vast and far reaching, so complex touching all sectors and industries. From affordability, or the decreasing ability for even moderate income individuals and families to sustain themselves here, to accessibility, or the growing number of individuals and now families that are slipping into the social housing system or worse, into homelessness.

We believe that shelter is a basic human right, and that the lack of access to it is one of the bedrock issues of our time, leading to a long list of downstream social and community issues that are difficult to grapple with. So we are working with social entrepreneurs and housing organizations to develop a suite of projects and initiatives to explore how we might go about improving outcomes for everyone. From creating new housing organizations to helping to improve upon the sustainability of existing ones to supporting in the design and delivery of community housing projects. We have a family of initiatives coming together in 2017 that will inform progress and priority areas for policy shift and investment in the future.

The Energy Circle

“Environment is life – life is environment”

Dr. Reggie Crowshoe

Pikani Blackfoot Elder

The Energy Circle builds on this simple teaching by seeking to introduce renewable energy as an economic and social catalyst within Indigenous Communities. Our approach focuses on supporting young leaders identifying and establishing innovations in renewable energy systems and processes that will work within their lives and environments.

It is a collaborative innovation effort to support the emergence of Indigenous People as leaders, innovators, and agenda-setters in sustainable energy development. It aims to help community leaders take meaningful action to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities through energy-related initiatives, to help responsible businesses build authentic, meaningful alliances with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and, above all, it aims to shift the power over the future of community-scale energy in Indigenous Communities towards Indigenous Peoples.

Learn more at www.the-energy-circle.ca


“Enterprise based solutions to many of the tough issues we’re facing are increasingly going to be the pathway toward for communities.”

Andrew Greer

Founder, Purppl - Purposeful People

A Community Enterprise Accelerator

We believe in social enterprise as a means to help move organizations and communities toward improved outcomes in alleviating some of our toughest challenges. So much so that we partnered with social entrepreneurs Andrew Greer and Fraser Campbell to create purppl; a new and independent venture accelerator that aims to work at a community level, with social entrepreneurs and organizations, to develop sustainable and impactful social enterprises.’

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