Expanding Opportunities for Small Business through Social Procurement

The City of Toronto is implementing its Social Procurement Program to expand opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses and non-profit companies who do social good in our city. This program is part of the City's Poverty reduction Strategy known as TO Prosperity which seeks to provide opportunity and resources to our most vulnerable residents. I am proud to have been a strong advocate in helping to advance this important new direction the City is taking.

This program improves access of diverse suppliers and business to compete on a equal level for City contracts and city business. Creating these partnerships allows us to maximize the public benefit received from the work our contractors and divisions carry out by directly working towards the goals in our Poverty Reduction Strategy. By 2018, the City is aiming to ensure one-third of all procurement contracts over $5 million in value and 25 per cent of all direct suppliers have or are incorporating community benefits into their business with the City.

You can read more about the Social Procurement Program and the Poverty Reduction Strategy by clicking here.

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