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Municipality Begins First Social Procurement Pilot Project

(Fort McMurray, AB – November 4, 2016) – The Municipality has issued its first Social Request for Quotes (RFQ). This is the first in a series of contracts within the Social Procurement pilot project. 

This Social RFQ for an urban snow clearing contract, was developed in partnership with the Centre of Hope. It will reward vendors who are willing to create work opportunities for recently housed, formerly homeless people. 

In September, Council approved the Social Procurement pilot project, taking steps to be the first Municipality in Alberta to move forward with a Social Procurement Framework. 

“We are very excited to issue the first public sector Social RFQ in Alberta,” said Tanya MacAulay, Procurement Manager, Supply Chain Management. “This pilot project will be an important learning experience for us as we continue to proactively seek social and economically sustainable benefits for the region through Social Procurement.”

“As a complement to the Housing First Strategy, providing work opportunities is a very important next step in building a better life. The RMWB should be commended for taking this socially innovative approach to procurement,” said Stephen Bryant, Executive Director, Centre of Hope.

In the coming months, the Municipality will continue working and improving the pilot project to ensure the Social Procurement Framework provides clear benefits to the region. To ensure all stakeholders have an opportunity to provide input, design labs will be taking place next week.

Social Procurement Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities

The roll-out of Social Procurement continues this month with a series of design labs. Business owners and social profits are encouraged to register and contribute to creating a ‘Made in Wood Buffalo’ approach to improving lives and stimulating inclusive economic growth across the region.

For more information about Social Procurement, please visit rmwb.ca/moresocialvalue or contact Supply Chain Management at purchasing@rmwb.ca.

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