Social development is about improving the well-being of every person in society so they can reach their full potential.

The well-being of each member of society is linked to the success of the society. In this way, social development is linked to nation building.

CCSD’s mission: Nation Building through evidence, collaboration, and design.

Today, CCSD leads a number of important local and national programs that help provide the needed evidence that helps us to better understand ourselves and to tell our stories, using community data and research. This platform helps shape informed and integrated responses at the community level.

Since 1920, CCSD has been on a journey convening all sectors and communities to improve Canada’s social well-being. Each decade has brought different challenges and opportunities, and the CCSD has been at the forefront in putting forward unconventional solutions that have become the foundation of Canada’s social landscape:

  • In the 1920s CCSD helped shape the first Old Age Pension program.
  • In the 1950s CCSD promoted the concept of Employment Insurance.
  • In the 1980s CCSD put the spotlight on the plight of Aboriginal children.
  • In this decade CCSD demonstrated why the National Child Benefit was a wise investment and advocated for the introduction of tax credits to assist working poor families.

We’re proud of our record. The CCSD receives no government support. As a registered charity, the organization is grateful for the donations of individuals and organizations to sustain its work. As Canada’s longest serving social development innovators, we need your help to continue to bring forward the evidence, collaboration and solutions to some of our most intractable social challenges.


Become a Member

We welcome your membership. As a member we will keep you informed of developments and offer opportunities to become involved. Membership Fees:

CCSD has not adjusted its fees in over a decade. Individual memberships are now just $125.00
(Please note that membership run from April 01 to March 31st for each year. Memberships are not prorated)

As always, those who are unable to pay remain welcomed to join by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will waive your fee.


Canada's Social Development Convenors

Phone: 613-236-8977

Kanata, ON

P.O. Box 13713 K2K 1X6

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