The Opportunity

Local governments, First Nations, universities, colleges, public schools and hospitals on Vancouver Island spend millions each year on social programs and initiatives, such as local economic development, preventative health programs, poverty alleviation, indigenous reconciliation and youth employment. At the same time, these institutions purchase over $1.5 billion of goods and services each year. These institutions are exploring how and/or taking steps to align their broader policy objectives with their spending to achieve better value for money.

Food services, information technology, construction and facilities and maintenance represent the most common areas of spending where social and community benefit criteria are currently applied. The most common social benefit provided by contractors is employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged populations, including youth, aboriginal populations and persons with disabilities.

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