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[GSEF2016]: The Manitoba social enterprise strategy: building upon a decade-long experience of public procurement to reduce poverty and increase employment

Category: 
North America
Local Government
Class: 
Urban & Rural Regeneration / Community
Public Policy / Legal Framework

Presented at: GSEF2016 Montreal

Organisation: Canadian Community Economic Development Network - Manitoba (Government and public agencies)

Date: September 8, 2016

Presenter: Ms. Sarah Leeson Klym (Manitoba Regional Director)

Contactssleesonklym@ccednet-rcdec.ca

Summary

The Manitoba Housing and Community Development, a public agency, has been supporting the social economy through its procurement practices for nearly a decade. By contracting from social enterprises providing employment opportunities for multi-barriered individuals, the department has been leveraging its regular purchasing (energy retrofits and apartment refreshes) to support poverty reduction and employment in the communities of Winnipeg and Brandon.