Algonquin Nation - HRSD
6 Kateri Street, Timiskaming First Nation
Notre Dame du Nord, QC. J0Z 3B0

First Nations and Inuit
Labour Market Advisory Committee
Odette Trépanier      
General Director


Created in 1997, the Comité sectorial de main-d’oeuvre Économie sociale et Action communautaire (CSMO-ÉSAC) has a mission to promote and consolidate joint action and partnerships to address workforce issues common to enterprises and organizations in the sector. It sees to the development of the sector’s workforce by mobilizing and ensuring the participation of key stakeholders, maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of the labour market and preparing strategies for action and ongoing training programs.

In founding the organization, specificities of the sector were taken into account, including the diversity of its workforce and activities, the collective nature of the enterprises and organizations, its roots in all regions of Quebec and the values it promotes: democracy, independence, primacy of the individual and work on capital, equity, solidarity, participation and taking charge as individuals and as a group. Its mandate covers all of Quebec.


 • To establish and update workforce diagnostics, taking into account the characteristics of sub-sectors and networks, and to establish specific plans of action.

• To develop continued training programs by identifying current and future workforce skills required in the sector and identifying trades and professions that require a training and qualification plan, and participating in its development and implementation.

• To identify the sector’s needs in human resources management and to develop courses of action and means of intervention to meet these needs and resolve sectoral problems.

• To prepare relevant measures to stabilize employment and maintain jobs in the sector.

• To take into account workforce issues in the sector that concern target groups (youth, women, immigrants, persons with disabilities, persons 45 years and older, native people) and to propose possible solutions.

• To ensure the sharing of information among the employees, enterprises and organizations in the sector in Quebec

• To create networks with advisory committees, workforce adjustment committees (comités d’adaptation de la main-d’oeuvre – CAMO) for immigrants and persons with disabilities, sectoral committees active in the social economy and community action sector as well as with government departments and agencies.


The social economy and community action sector represents some 14,000 enterprises and organizations grouped within some 200 provincial associations and federations, not to mention regional groups. In Quebec, over 125,000 workers are employed in this employment sector of social economy and community action. Community organizations, cooperatives and social economy enterprises hire qualified workers annually. Among these 200 fascinating careers are: architects, webmasters, early childhood educators, social workers, street workers, communication officers, editors, radio announcers, special educators, mental health workers, home care workers, nutritionists, guidance counselors, etc. These organizations are divided into 27 spheres of activity which are defined by the services they offer.

The enterprises and organizations in the sector have certain common traits. They are democratically managed non-profit organizations or cooperatives. These enterprises and organizations have managerial autonomy and their objectives are social in nature, and, in the case of social economy enterprises, economic as well. Social economy enterprises generate a percentage of their revenues themselves. Social economy enterprises sell products or services related to their economic mission in response to the needs of the community. The work of the organizations in the community sector is based on the needs in the community and is focused on improving the quality of life of individuals in the community.

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