RISQ provides adapted financing for social economy enterprises in the start-up, consolidation, expansion, or restructuring phase through two primary means: capitalization and technical assistance. It also provides a pre-start-up product. The RISQ is also the agency mandated by the Chantier de l’économie sociale Trust to receive and analyze financing applications before they are presented to the Trust’s Investment Committee.


The Chantier de l’économie sociale Trust provides loans with a 15-year capital repayment moratorium. Patient capital financing helps to support start-up and expansion projects and real estate investments. The Trust invests exclusively in social economy enterprises, including non-profit organizations and cooperatives, with fewer than 200 employees.


TIESS is a social innovation outreach and transfer group (OLTIS), recognized by the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (MESI), which unites numerous actors of collective entrepreneurship and territorial development, research centres, universities, and colleges. It identifies, inventories, showcases, and systematizes the innovations emerging from social economy enterprises and organizations to foster their dissemination and appropriation. It enables the transfer of practical and theoretical knowledge co-produced by practitioners and researchers and contributes to the development of Québec’s territories.


The mission of Commerce solidaire is to support the consolidation of social economy enterprises and their growing social and economic profitability through group purchasing and marketing. In so doing, Commerce solidaire promotes responsible consumption, local development, and collective entrepreneurship.


The Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’économie sociale et de l’action communautaire (CSMO-ÉSAC) is a Québec-wide group dedicated to fostering and consolidating cooperation and partnerships to solve the workforce issues common to the sector’s enterprises and agencies. With its partners, its goals are: To learn about and publicize the social economy and community action employment sectors; Equip and support organizations regarding SECA workforce skills training and development; Attract and retain personnel in the sector’s organizations.


Special projects

The Sensibilisation et de soutien à l’entrepreneuriat collectif project is funded by the Secrétariat à la jeunesse.