The City of Toronto Social Procurement Program aims to create jobs and drive economic growth in the city. It is comprised of two components: Supply Chain Diversity and Workforce Development.
A diverse supplier must be certified and at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by an equity-seeking community or social purpose enterprise. These communities include, but are not limited to, women, Aboriginal people, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, newcomers and LGBTQ+ persons.
City staff who are purchasing goods and services between $3,000 and $100,000 will be required to invite at least one certified diverse supplier to submit quotations as part of the three-quote process. A monthly list is produced and circulated among City divisions.
For formal competitive purchases over $100,000, suppliers will be encouraged to develop their own supplier diversity programs and may be awarded points in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for achieving this.
The goal of the program is to provide equal opportunity to all vendors and does not provide preferential treatment to diverse suppliers. Proponents must meet the specifications of a quotation request and provide competitive pricing.
The City requires certification of diverse suppliers through established non-profit supplier certification organizations such as:
Note: Some membership fees may apply. Contact the certification organizations directly for more information.
Workforce development requirements will apply to all contracts over $5 million in value. Bidders will be required to provide a commitment to engage in workforce development if their bid is successful. This includes designating a liaison, committing to regular meetings with the City to review workforce development activities, maintaining records to monitor progress, and making public a workforce development plan. Points may be awarded in the RFP process to suppliers who achieve this. City staff will work with the vendor to support the success of their workforce development plan. The City already has extensive experience with the private sector in embedding workforce development initiatives in projects.
The City understands the procurement process can be complicated. The City is committed to working with business owners throughout the process.
For more information about City procurement or social procurement, please contact:
Alyssa Nienhuis, Social Procurement Coordinator
Alyssa.Nienhuis@toronto.ca and Phone: 416-392-6749
Hillary Keirstead, Manager Policy & Program Planning
Hillary.Keirstead@toronto.ca and Phone: 416-392-0643