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About the Centre for Social Innovation

The Centre for Social Innovation is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation in Toronto and around the world. We believe that society is facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. We also believe that new innovations are the key to turning these challenges into opportunities to improve our communities and our planet.

We're a global pioneer in coworking, a community and a catalyst for people and organizations that are changing the world, with four Toronto locations and one in New York City. The CSI community is home to 1,000 nonprofits, charities and social ventures in Toronto alone, and employs over 2,500 people and generates combined annual revenues of $250 million. Our members are turning social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges into opportunities to make the world a better place. We've partnered across sectors to run programs such as the Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund and our Agents of Change programs. We've also published multiple books, including one on our innovation in social finance, The Community Bond, which we used to purchase two buildings in downtown Toronto to support social innovation.

CSI CEO Tonya Surman sits down for a conversation about how to move the field of social innovation forward. Is it time to think more like a movement?

What is Social Innovation?

At its most simple, a social innovation is a new idea that has been put into practice for the public good.

Our Story

In 2004 a small group of social entrepreneurs came together to conceive and create a new way of working within the social mission sector.

Our Theory of Change

Since we first opened our doors, we’ve learned a few things about how social innovation occurs and how we can facilitate its emergence.

Staff & Board

The Centre for Social Innovation is lead by a small but dedicated group of people committed to social change.


Our success would not have been possible without the support of an incredible cast of angels, mentors and colleagues.

CSI in the News

Every once in a while, we manage to get an article written about our work and our impact.