The City of Toronto’s Social Procurement Program aims to embed supply chain diversity and workforce development initiatives within its Procurement Processes to drive inclusive economic growth by:
- Increasing access to City procurements for businesses certified as being 51% or more owned, managed, and controlled by an equity-seeking group; or a social purpose enterprise whereby 51% or more of total hours are to persons facing multiple barriers to employment.
- Encouraging companies doing business with the City to subcontract with certified diverse suppliers or social purpose enterprises.
- Increasing the number of employment, apprenticeship, and training opportunities for persons from equity-seeking communities.
For Invitational Request for Quotes valued between $3,000 and $100,000, there is a requirement to invite at least one certified diverse supplier as part of the three-quote process. A list of certified diverse suppliers is located on the City’s intranet page for staff to refer to when searching for a diverse supplier.
For procurement above $100,000 we invite suppliers to learn about the upcoming changes to bidding on City contracts and register their business on the SAP Ariba Network: https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/doing-business-with-the-city/upcoming-changes-to-bidding-on-city-contracts/
Once registered, suppliers will receive email alerts when the City posts calls related to the product or service they have identified during their registration.