The Social Purchasing Project (SPP) was launched in April 2014 with financial support from the federal and provincial government, United Way Toronto & York Region, as well as in-kind support from the City of Toronto. SPP has its origins in supporting the PanAm Games to help maximize its social procurement strategy. We have worked closely with the City of Toronto in helping design and implement their Social Procurement Program, and are also part of the Toronto Community Benefits Working Group for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

For purchasers, we help integrate social criteria into evaluation frameworks, help both the public and private sector diversify their supply chain by connecting them to social enterprises interested in procurement opportunities, and certify social enterprises when required.

For social enterprises, we help connect them to business opportunities either through public tenders or by facilitating business-to-business networking; we encourage and facilitate subcontracting with larger certified diverse suppliers when contracts are beyond the social enterprises scope, and we provide coaching, professional development, and mentorship opportunities as well as an intensive tender-ready training curriculum for social enterprises interested in bidding on larger contracts.

Our geographic scope is currently within the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area but we foresee a need for our services and expertise beyond this area in the future.