This non-profit community development corporation owns and operates businesses that employ more than 175 people throughout the Cape Breton region of northeastern Nova Scotia. As a founding member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, and an early innovator in “social enterprise,” New Dawn identifies community opportunities and develops a business or project to address them. It is therefore both a business and a social development organization. Examples of this dual approach include the establishment of dental clinics, meals-on-wheels, housing projects, the Cape Breton School of Crafts and cold-climate greenhouses.
Rankin MacSween talks about some of the factors that have led to the longevity and success of this growing social enterprise.