Ottawa weighs employing ‘social procurement’ plan to support women, minorities

  JOANNA SMITH OTTAWA THE CANADIAN PRESS AUGUST 20, 2017 The Liberal government is thinking about using its massive purchasing power to support women in business. "Inclusive federal procurement is a potential avenue through which the Government of Canada can demonstrate leadership and support for women's entrepreneurship," said a November, 2016, memo prepared for Patty Hajdu, who was then minister for the status of women. "The Treasury Board of Canada is currently looking at opportunities to better link federal procurement practices with the broader socio-economic objectives of the Government," said the memo. "It is recognized that women and other under-represented groups should be considered in a renewed federal approach to procurement."  The Canadian Press obtained the document under the Access to Information Act. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tasked the federal public services minister – a role currently being filled by Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, while Judy Foote is on a leave of absence – with modernizing procurement practices. That includes "social procurement" where the government uses contracts...
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