The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is proud to support the local Indigenous business community, with 25 per cent of orders issued during the wildfire crisis going to Indigenous contractors and suppliers.
“Throughout the wildfire crisis, we have had great success working with Indigenous businesses. We’re proud to announce that 25 per cent of the goods and/or services orders issued were with businesses in the Indigenous Community,” said Ted Zlotnik, Director, Supply Chain Management. “As we move forward, we’re committed to working with our Indigenous business community. We’re currently investigating options to increase the percentage we spend on goods and services from Indigenous businesses.”
Throughout the crisis, 80 per cent of the Municipality’s spending has been with the local business community, including Indigenous Businesses.
In January 2016, Council approved the development of a Social Procurement Framework. Under this framework, community benefit clauses would be added to all competitively bid opportunities as part of this new procurement strategy. The Municipality is investigating similar options specific to Indigenous businesses and will announce next steps when finalized.
Over the past five years, the Municipality has spent an average of $91.4 million, or 17 per cent of capital expenditures, per year with NAABA members.