PIRF Grant Service Providers


PIRF Service Providers

Discover Your Service Providers

PIRF service providers are people and organizations across Ontario that provide services to social enterprises. See the table below for a list of pre-approved service providers to work with your social enterprise for investment or procurement readiness. You may suggest a different service provider(s) in your application. Other service providers can include other social enterprises who are successfully doing what your social enterprise is aspiring to do. (Please note that social enterprises that opt to be service providers are not permitted to apply for a grant.) For more information about the service providers, please see the Program Guidelines.

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Service ProviderDescriptionRegion(s) ServedLanguage(s)

80-20 helps passionate social entrepreneurs who realize that to advance their mission, they need to grow their revenue.  80-20 develops sales strategies that are effective and scalable, delivers world class sales training, and helps select, hire and train a successful sales team.

Southern OntarioEnglish

Buy Social Canada

Buy Social Canada brings socially driven purchasers and social enterprise suppliers together, building business relationships that generate social benefits to communities across the country. Buy Social offers a recognized, Canada-wide social enterprise certification program that opens the door to an emerging social impact network.

GTA and onlineEnglish


The Centre for Social Enterprise Development works with organizations of all industries and sizes to accelerate the growth of Ottawa’s social enterprise sector and amplify their presence and value in the marketplace. Offering a continuum of support including access to technical expertise, coaching, financing, learning communities, training, and cross-sector partnerships.

Eastern OntarioEnglish & French

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

The Centre for Social Innovation provides social enterprises with the spaces, connections and resources they need to work, connect, create and transform. Social innovation refers to the creation, development, adoption, and integration of new and renewed concepts, systems, and practices that put people and planet first.
Contact: Joanna Reynolds, 416.908.6084, joanna at socialinnovation.org

Central Ontario and GTAEnglish

C.Lang Consulting

Coaching and support in all phases of social enterprise development, including readiness assessment, objective setting, ideation, feasibility analysis, market research/testing, business planning, project management, organizational development, funding development, impact assessment, evaluation. Also advising on viability and cost benefit of procurement opportunities, and procurement readiness including systems and considerations.

Toronto and GTA + onlineEnglish
Design Centered Co. is a design and consulting firm that enables organizations guide global change. they partner with the organization to create impact centered products and services and deliver an exceptional customer experience using Design Thinking, technology, and professional communications services.Ottawa and Ontario wideEnglish

Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario

The Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario are working to ensure the promotion, sustainable development and innovation of French social enterprises in Ontario with targeted coaching.

Central Ontario and GTA, Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario French

Eco-Ethonomics Inc. is a social innovation consulting firm specializing in social enterprise development.  The firm offers a full suite of services, from ideation-to-scale, to help social enterprises develop capacity and succeed. Since 2008, Eco-Ethonomics has worked with over 250 social enterprises across Canada operating in every industry.

Pickering, Ottawa, Central OntarioEnglish

Eko Nomos specializes in the development and evaluation of social enterprises. They have worked with hundreds of social enterprises throughout Canada over 25 years. Eko Nomos has a particular expertise in rural and remote social enterprises and the role of municipalities in their development.

Ontario wideEnglish
KarmaDharma is a full service strategic marketing agency. They offer strategic planning services (vision, mission, business model canvas, value proposition design) as well as branding, media planning and buying, graphic design, PR, social media strategy, research, & customer segmentation.Ottawa & Eastern OntarioEnglish and French


Through training, information, policy advice, support organizational development. accompaniment and coaching for the development of collective socio-economic projects, mécènESS offers participatory, dynamic processes outside the box.Eastern OntarioFrench & English

NORDIK Institute

The Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas and Knowledge (NORDIK) partners with communities to solve practical issues that are important to municipalities, First Nations and community organizations in Northern Ontario. NORDIK offers business, organizational and community development support.

Northern OntarioEnglish

The Ontario Co-operative Association is a provincial association representing over 1500 co-ops and Credit Unions. The OCA covers all aspects of co-op business development from incorporation, by-laws, finance, marketing and governance.
Southwestern Ontario and Ontario wideEnglish

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise advises social enterprises through difficult decision-making processes, facilitates essential connections, provides funding, and helps find the right resources for social enterprises across Northern Ontario.

Northern OntarioEnglish & French

Pillar Nonprofit Network

Pillar Nonprofit Network strengthens individuals, organizations and enterprises invested in positive community impact. Pillar provides access to support and expert knowledge to social enterprises at all stages of business development, from idea to growth.

Southwestern OntarioEnglish

Social Enterprise Institute (SEI)

A global network of instructors, coaches and mentors. Courses on the Social Enterprise Institute platform are designed short, to-the-point, created to solve problems, and accessible online whenever needed.

Central Ontario and GTA, OnlineEnglish

Social Delta

Social Delta offers consulting services to social enterprises at all stages of business development. Social Delta has worked with hundreds of social enterprises across the country to help them build their own capacity to respond to customer needs, requests for proposals and to investment opportunities.  Social Delta offers strategic and proven marketing advice to help grow sales both to institutional and business clients as well as directly to the consumer.  

All of OntarioEnglish

Sol-Air Consultants

SOL-AIR Consultants brings together expert consultants who support decision-makers in business, cooperatives, organizations, communities or administrations involved in the development of agriculture, agrifood, tourism, social economy, and the environment to conduct: feasibility studies, market studies, business plans for the establishment or expansion of businesses. 

Eastern and Northern OntarioEnglish & French

Sustainable Hamilton Burlington

Sustainable Hamilton Burlington is a non-profit social organization made up of community leaders, industry experts and volunteers. Connecting businesses to service providers in areas such as energy management, product certifications and declarations, green building design, and change management. Also by setting sustainability vision, plan, and targets, measuring greenhouse gas footprints, and helping businesses achieve B Corp certification.

Hamilton and BurlingtonEnglish

Social Venture Exchange (SVX)

SVX is an impact investing platform for ventures, funds and investors seeking social and/or environmental impact alongside the potential for financial return. SVX provides a single access point for raising capital and making investments.

Central Ontario and GTAEnglish

For enquiries on how to become a pre-approved service provider with the Fund click below


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Mailing address: 
PIRF - CCEDNET, 223 Main, St. Saint Paul University,
Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Atelier
Ottawa ON K1S 1C4

Telephone: 1-844-404-7437

Email:  info@readinessfund.ca

Hours: 9am - 4pm (Monday to Friday)

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