The City of Toronto Social Procurement Program

40+ Certified Indigenous Business
Toronto Diverse Suppliers


Application Process

Follow these steps to become a diverse supplier for the City of Toronto Social Procurement Program

Become Certified

Our CAB program certifies that Aboriginal businesses are 51% or more owned and controlled by an Aboriginal person(s). All Aboriginal businesses wanting to become certified must complete the membership/CAB application and provide supporting documentation. After a thorough review of this documentation, certification as a CAB business is verified and recognized by CCAB.

Submission Check-list

Take advantage of our  downloadable Social Procurement check-list to ensure you’ve completed all the necessary steps. Also, you can process your entire submission at the bottom of the the check-list page. Miigwetch.

CCAB Procurement Services

For generations, Aboriginal people have provided goods and resources to help Canada grow. That tradition continues today with more than 50,000 Aboriginal businesses ready to help Canada compete and win. Aboriginal business is thriving and ready. But, for many reasons, Aboriginal businesses are underrepresented in the supply chains of most Canadian corporations and Governments. That’s why the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is looking for ways to strengthen connections between corporate Canada, Government and Aboriginal businesses from coast, to coast, to coast. A robust Aboriginal and Canadian economy. Economic reconciliation that builds a bright future for everyone. We can do it – if we work together.

What are the Certified Aboriginal Business (CAB) Requirements?

What is Social Procurement?

1. CCAB Membership
2. 51% or more Aboriginal ownership and control
3. Proof of Aboriginal heritage of owner(s), acceptable documents include:

  • Indian Status Card, or:
    Valid identification provided by the following:
  • Métis National Council Governing Membership
  • Inuit Beneficiary Card
  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) Affiliate Membership
  • Northwest Territories Land Claim Settlement Beneficiaries
  • Confirmed Alberta Métis Settlement Members
  • Northwest Territory Métis Nation Membership
  • Membership in a historic Métis community recognized as independent and rights-bearing by a provincial or Canadian federal government.

Social procurement is the achievement of strategic social, economic and workforce development goals using an organization’s process of purchasing goods and services. The City’s Social Procurement Program is comprised of two components: Supply Chain Diversity and Workforce Development.

Workforce development is an interconnected set of solutions to meet employment needs. It prepares workers with needed skills, emphasizes the value of workplace learning and addresses the hiring demands of employers. In the City’s Social Procurement Program, Workforce Development requirements will apply to Request for Proposals and tenders over $5 million.

What is the Toronto Social Procurement Program?

What is Supply Chain Diversity?

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.

Supply Chain Diversity is a business strategy that promotes a diverse supply chain in the procurement of goods and services for any business, not-for-profit, government or private organization. In the City’s Social Procurement Program, Supply Chain Diversity applies to Departmental Purchase Orders from $3000 to $100,000.

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What is SAP Ariba?

How to participate in a bid:

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Jesse Steckley

416.961.8663 ext. 243



Innovation and Entrepreneurship Coordinator, CCAB

Alexandra Mutinelli-Djukic


T: 416-397-5192

Social Procurement Coordinator, City of Toronto-Purchasing & Material Management Division