Update II: The Social Purchasing Project now operates independently of Social Enterprise Toronto. Visit their website at http://socialpurchasingproject.org/.

Update: The Social Purchasing Project was officially announced in April 2014 with a press release from the United Way:


Social Enterprise Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Enterprise Fund, will be taking a key role in assisting social enterprises to bid for and win procurement contracts with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and other procurement opportunities.

The Social Procurement Project is a joint project between Social Enterprise Toronto (trusteed by The Learning Enrichment Foundation) and the Toronto Enterprise Fund (Managed by United Way Toronto) to increase the capacity of social enterprises competing for business opportunities arising from the build-out, operations and sponsorship of the Games.

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games has expressed a strong commitment to seek out and use social enterprises within the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.

The Social Procurement Project will be developing a range of capacity-building supports and tools for social enterprises to increase their familiarity with tendering, supply chain integration and subcontracting. SET will work with the Games, private sector vendors and social enterprise to identify and nurture collaboration and market opportunities.

The Social Procurement Project has hired 3 staff members to complete the work. Through the spring of 2014, the project will begin to roll out. The project scope will include both immediate and longer-term contracts with Games as well as legacy operations with the various facilities and venues.

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This project is made possible through contributions and support from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and EmploymentEmployment and Social Development Canada, the City of Toronto and the United Way of Greater Toronto.