Social Enterprise
  • Two-year (twenty-one month) diploma
  • September entry date
  • Exchange District Campus (formerly Princess Street Campus), Winnipeg

This program will focus on creating the next generation of leaders in the Social Enterprise sector. You will learn about the social economy sector in Manitoba and the role of shaping public policy to support it. Community economic development models and the fundamentals of business administration that are required to work in the social enterprise field are part of the course content. Integrated into this program will be an understanding of reconciliation, Social Enterprise’s role in promoting economic reconciliation and respect for traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and how they inform the development of the Social Enterprise sector.

You will learn to create business solutions to social problems by applying theory, models and tools, along with innovative and critical thinking, to enhance opportunities for Indigenous communities.

Using a historical context, you will analyze the environment to identify gaps, barriers and opportunities within Indigenous communities (i.e. social, political, business, environmental, legal, economic and philosophical).

Upon successful completion of the Diploma in Social Enterprise Program, you will have learned to…

  •      Build collaborative partnerships with various stakeholders (i.e. competitors, sponsors and community) to share information and resources in order to develop synergies.
  •    Work within a variety of governance structures, regulations and Indigenous traditional knowledge systems to develop business models and philosophies within the Social Enterprise sector.  
  •    Apply a core set of entrepreneurial skills (managing human resources, finances and operations) to develop, launch and maintain a Social Enterprise.
  •    Create a business plan using critical and innovative thinking that includes considerations for universal design, trauma-informed programming, and community risk management.
  •    Field Study Experience with a Social Enterprise.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option within 30 days of applying.  For information click here.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for review.
    • If you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • Approved English language assessments and required levels for this program are:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 8, Writing 8
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5, Speaking 4.5, Reading 4.5, Writing 4.0
      • If completing an assessment, we strongly advise you complete it before submitting your application to ensure you meet language requirements and can submit your results within 30 days of applying.
      • Assessment results must be dated within two years of your application date.
      • After confirming you’ve met English language requirements through your assessment results, the College will send you an e-mail requesting submission of your transcripts.
Who Should Enrol?
This program is suited to those who wish to be an agent for change in Indigenous communities. The program is designed for students from across Manitoba including First Nation’s economic development officers, staff from environmental NGOs, not for profit program officers, business oriented students looking for careers with social impact or those looking to explore economic reconciliation with Indigenous partners.

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date
(subject to change)


Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees
Year 1 $4,651.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1 $500.00
Other Fees
Year 1 $255.00 1
1 Health and Dental Fees
Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Program Content
  ABOR-1067 Indigenous History and Cultures 6
  BUSA-1090 Fundamentals of Social Enterprise 1 5
  COMM-1198 Business Communications 5
  COMP-1246 Applied Computer Skills: Software 4
  MATH-1081 Math for Social Enterprise 6
  ABOR-1066 Political Systems and Indigenous Governance Structures 4
  DEVE-1037 Leadership Development 4
  DEVE-1038 Applied Community Development 5
  FNCE-1012 Financial Management 5
  PRAC-1078 Field Study Practicum 1
  PROJ-1010 Introduction to Project Planning 5
  ABOR-1069 Indigenous Social Enterprise 5
  BUSA-1091 Applied Grant and Proposal Writing 5
  BUSA-1092 Fundamentals of Social Enterprise 5
  BUSA-1094 Social Enterprise Planning 5
  HUMR-1047 Human Resources 4
  BUSA-1097 Public Policy Framework 4
  DEVE-1039 Assessing Community Impact 4
  DEVE-1040 Fundamentals of Community Economic Development 5
  FNCE-2012 Finance and Procurement 5
  PRAC-2078 Field Study Practicum 2 2
  ABOR-1071 Indigenous People and Protocols 4
  ADMN-3002 Introduction to International Business 4
  FNCE-3002 Business Finance 4
  MATH-3001 Statistical Analysis 4
  MRKT-3010 Consumer Behaviour 4
  MRKT-3011 Marketing Research 4
  SOSC-3001 Psychology 4
Course Descriptions
ABOR-1066 Political Systems and Indigenous Governance Structures
This course will provide a fundamental understanding of the Canadian political system, the Indian Act and government legislation to better recognize historical and contemporary barriers as they apply to Indigenous peoples in Canada. This course will also examine Indigenous governance structures.
ABOR-1067 Indigenous History and Cultures
This course will examine the history, politics, social and economic situations of Indigenous peoples of Canada. Students will learn about the fiscal relationship between Indigenous peoples and government, fiscal reconciliation, and explore opportunities for new social innovation. Students will analyze treaties with a focus on reconciliation.
ABOR-1069 Indigenous Social Enterprise
This course will focus on the connections between Indigenous traditional knowledge and the emerging social economy, posing the question, "how can we centre Indigenous knowledge and perspectives to build an economy that includes everyone?" This course will feature successful Indigenous social entrepreneurs and traditional Knowledge Holders and Elders as guest speakers, and profile Indigenous leadership in the field.
ABOR-1071 Indigenous People and Protocols
This course provides a practical base for introducing students to the variety of Indigenous peoples and protocols in Manitoba and the surrounding areas. The focus will be on Manitoba with the intent that what students learn in this environment will equip them with a protocols foundation for working with Indigenous peoples from elsewhere in Canada. An important learning outcome for students will be gaining knowledge on the intrinsic importance of country/land, the environment, family, identity and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples. Students may visit several Indigenous communities to meet with Elders and/or Knowledge Keepers, in order to assess, analyze and explore the differences in how Indigenous knowledge, relationships, cultures, languages and people differ. Indigenous Elders, storytellers, performers and academics will teach students by providing knowledge of the Indigenous relationships and responsibilities that are intrinsic to successful communication and social enterprise activities with Indigenous people and communities. Obtaining these skills will enhance student future employment in the social enterprise sector.
ADMN-3002 Introduction to International Business
This course is an introduction to the economic, political, and cultural factors that influence the international marketplace. The course focuses on the application of international business theory as it relates to current trends and practices in international business.
BUSA-1090 Fundamentals of Social Enterprise 1
This course provides an introduction to social entrepreneurship and business development in Manitoba and Canada. Students will learn the terminology, history, and key concepts and approaches of social enterprise.  Students will learn about the social enterprise eco-system and steps to establishing social enterprise planning and management, from researching ideas and markets to successful business models and assessing social impact. This course will lay the foundation to social entrepreneur skill development including applying some traditional and contemporary Indigenous beliefs and values.
BUSA-1091 Applied Grant and Proposal Writing
This is a practical introduction to the elements of proposal and grant writing: purpose and responsibility, organizational readiness, research, mechanics of preparation, development of a formal proposal/grant, presentation, follow-up, and post grant reporting. Students gain skills through hands-on practice identifying potential funders, and developing and refining their proposal.
BUSA-1092 Fundamentals of Social Enterprise
This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of Social economy, social innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. They will be introduced to a range of successful Social Enterprise models from Canada and around the world. This course will focus on Indigenous contributions to the field, and the role of Social Enterprise in promoting economic reconciliation between Indigenous communities.
BUSA-1094 Social Enterprise Planning
This practical course will focus on fundamental principles of Social Entrepreneurship, including LEAN start-up methodologies, business planning, marketing, nonprofit governance and launch planning.
BUSA-1097 Public Policy Framework
This course will look at the relationship between public policy and Social Enterprise in Canada and internationally, profiling best practices, emerging trends and key barriers.
COMM-1198 Business Communications
Students will develop communications skills by focusing on the process of writing and speaking to specific audiences. Students will share responses to course readings during in-class discussions with small groups of peers. There will be numerous opportunities to receive feedback from the instructor, from peers and then to revise writing. Students will also practice oral communication skills during mock meetings, simulated job interviews, and in various types of presentations. In this foundational course, students will focus on writing techniques and speaking skills for a professional context. Topics will include effective memos and letters (direct and indirect methods); short reports and basic proposals; meeting planning and participation; telephone, email, and texting techniques; and basic public speaking skills. Assignments will include preparatory readings followed by small and large-group discussion; individual sample writing supported by peer and instructor feedback; mock meetings; and short oral presentations.
COMP-1246 Applied Computer Skills: Software
Applied Computer Skills is a hands-on course in which students develop skills in the use of current Microsoft productivity software. Topics include introductory and intermediate skills in Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as the integration of these applications.
DEVE-1037 Leadership Development
In this course, students are introduced to democratic, facilitative and participatory approaches to leadership. Students develop skills to plan, lead, and evaluate empowering and engaging meetings, workshops and other group sessions. Students learn to set agendas that include content, process objectives and the techniques and methods to lead groups to work together collaboratively.
DEVE-1038 Applied Community Development
This course is designed to deepen students' understanding of how concepts in community development are applied in real communities. Students will gain real world experience by working with a community agency on a community project. Employing a community service learning model and principles, including reciprocity, students will apply the concepts and skills from healthy communities, leadership development, budget and financial management and project planning.
DEVE-1039 Assessing Community Impact
Critically, the Social Enterprise sector is increasingly being asked to evaluate and quantify social impact. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of project evaluation, social impact measurement and evaluation of both internal and external project actors.
DEVE-1040 Fundamentals of Community Economic Development
This course examines the rationale behind Community Development; the main concepts, values, principles and strategies to mobilize community change and address social inequities. Students will gain an appreciation of working "with" community instead of "for" by practicing what they are learning in theory; starting with building a sustainable, healthy and equitable community in the classroom. By the end of this course the students should be able to describe community development to an uninformed audience, utilize the spiral of development appropriately, design a conscientious process, act ethically in diverse circumstances and create a socially inclusive process.
FNCE-1012 Financial Management
In this course students will learn to read and discuss financial statements, prepare budgets for projects and proposals, prepare cash flow projections, monthly financial reports and learn basic accounting principles
FNCE-2012 Finance and Procurement
This course will introduce students to the concepts and emerging practices of social procurement, social finance, investment in Canada and internationally, and their implications for the development/management of a Social Enterprise.
FNCE-3002 Business Finance
This course is designed to expose students to the basic concepts underlying the financial manager's approach to decision-making. The course focuses on understanding finance fundamentals, such as risk, leverage, capital budgeting, short and long-term financing, taxation, working capital management and financial statement analysis In addition, a review of accounting is included with emphasis on the structure of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flow. This course provides an introduction to the operations and provisions of services by financial institutions.
MATH-1051 or (MATH-1039 AND MATH-1000)
HUMR-1047 Human Resources
This course will cover the major responsibilities of a modern Human Resource Manager. The emphasis is on activities such as recruitment, appraisal, legal compliance, training, orientation and job analysis.
MATH-1081 Math for Social Enterprise
An understanding of financial mathematics is fundamental in the study of business. This course is designed to familiarize students with basic mathematics concepts such as exchange rates, indices, simple and compound interest, different types of annuities, mortgages and business investment decisions.
MATH-3001 Statistical Analysis  

This course builds on Business Statistics and provides an examination of various quantitative tools used in decision-making. Topics include analysis of variance, hypothesis testing for nominal data, simple and multiple regression, time-series analysis, Bayesian analysis, decision making under certainty and uncertainty, statistical process control, and linear programming. 

MRKT-3010 Consumer Behaviour

The emphasis in this course is to synthesize and integrate what may be perceived as unrelated marketing facts and information to a student. Specifically, the course will bring together the demographics and psychographics of consumers to explain in a complete and comprehensive manner why consumers act and behave as they do.

MRKT-3011 Marketing Research

Students will be exposed to the theory behind marketing research in general and behind specific research steps. Case studies will be assigned to show practical application of the research steps and will help give students a reasonable insight into marketing research. Through a formal research project, this course should also provide students with skill in planning, performing, and evaluating research and presenting marketing research.

MRKT-1002 OR MRKT-2068
PRAC-1078 Field Study Practicum
This initial practicum at the end of term two will have students exposed to a social enterprise with an initial introduction to social entrepreneurship. Students will observe and learn the day to day operation of a Social Enterprise.
PRAC-2078 Field Study Practicum 2
Students will have a four week practicum after term four. During this time, students will be introduced to social entrepreneurship by learning the day to day operations of a Social Enterprise through observation. Students will have an opportunity to participate in experiential learning and also network with leaders and sector specific experts to increase their knowledge and experience in the social enterprise sector.

The final day of the practicum experience will provide students with an opportunity to return to their class and share their experiences with peers and instructors, giving them a chance to gain valuable and diverse perspectives on the management of social enterprises. This coming together will also assist students in the writing/preparing of their Practicum Report which each student will submit based upon the social enterprise experience undertaken.
PROJ-1010 Introduction to Project Planning
Project Planning is the first step to becoming skilled at initiating, planning, executing and controlling a project from start to finish, on budget and on time. Project Managers are required by every business and community organization to manage multiple projects for employers and clients. These skills also apply to students balancing responsibilities and assignments at home, work and school. This course will focus on developing a strong foundation in Project Management.
SOSC-3001 Psychology

This is an introductory course designed to apply to the career and personal aspirations of young adults. The focus of the course is on human personal growth, change and adjustment, and creativity. Emphasis is placed on growth psychology approach to human personality and on the motivating factors affecting people's lives.


Other Information
Financial Assistance

First Nation students are advised to apply for financial assistance by contacting their Band Office, Tribal Council, or local management board.

Metis students are advised to contact their regional office of the Manitoba Metis Federation or Metis local management board.

Inuit students are advised to contact:

Government of the Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories Education
Culture and Employment
Manager of Student Services
Yellowknife, NWT
X1A 2L9
Fax: 1-800-661-0893

Nunavut students are advised to contact:

Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students
Nunavut Department of Education
Adult Learning and Post-Secondary Services
Box 390
Arviat, Nunavut
X0C 0E0
Fax: 1-877-860-0167

Inuit students from Nunavut are advised to apply for financial assistance from their Band Office.

Inuit students residing in Manitoba can try contacting the Education Directorate at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, phone: 204-983-2338.

Applicants who receive, or who are eligible to receive City of Winnipeg or Province of Manitoba Social Assistance are advised to contact their local office.

Applicants who receive, or who are eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits are advised to contact their nearest Employment Centre.

Employment Potential
The Red River College Diploma in Social Enterprise Program will prepare graduates to work for, or with, Indigenous organizations, agencies, Indigenous government or governments in general. Graduates can potentially create new Social Enterprises, or lead or manage an existing Social Enterprise for a community based organization. We foresee employment increasing as social procurement opportunities grow.
Contact Information
For further information, contact:

Indigenous Liaison/Advisors
Monica Morin: 204-631-3361
Jaime Richard: 204-632-2483

Aspiring Student Manager
Frank Parkes: 204-632-2534