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    This paper outlines the current status and trends in the regulatory environment related to social enterprise and social finance and makes recommendations to nurture the development of social enterprises and social finance. Findings:

    1. The regulatory impediments regarding social enterprises and social finance may be exaggerated.
    2. Achieving results through regulatory reform will take time.
    3. Due to the potential offered by social enterprises and social finance, amendments to the regulatory framework would be welcomed.

    Ce document décrit les tendances et la situation actuelle au sein de l’environnement de réglementation qui régit les entreprises sociales et la finance sociale et présente des recommandations visant à favoriser l’essor de cette industrie et la création d’entreprises sociales. Conclusions :

    1. L’importance des obstacles réglementaires associés aux entreprises sociales et à la finance sociale est souvent exagérée.
    2. Il faudra du temps pour obtenir des résultats à la suite d’une réforme réglementaire.
    3. Compte tenu du potentiel qu’offrent les entreprises sociales et la finance sociale, il serait approprié d’apporter des modifications au cadre de réglementation.

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