On Wednesday, May 25th, the Halton Poverty Roundtable is hosting a community forum: Collective Purchasing for Social Good. Participants will enjoy a morning of learning from guest speakers about how their communities have worked with government, business, and community organizations to channel existing spending dollars so that, in addition to purchasing every day goods or services and, the local community experiences additional gains such as employment opportunities with livable incomes, apprenticeships, training, and growth of social enterprises. Community Benefits Frameworks ensure the benefits of infrastructure development are shared by the entire community.
A “Made in Halton” Social Procurement Program could give a significant lift to the 1 in 10 residents here who live in poverty, and the 10, 490 residents in Halton who are considered “working poor” – making an income of more than $3,000 and less than $15, 982.
“Tackling poverty in any community requires a great deal of leadership, innovation and collaboration,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “The Halton Poverty Roundtable continues to demonstrate every one of these qualities in their efforts to make our community a better, more livable place for all.”
Social Procurement Programs, often a part of a government’s poverty reduction efforts, establish a framework to guide purchasing decisions so that the goods and services that are purchased generate positive social outcomes. On May 6th, Toronto’s city council passed “The Social Procurement Program”, which aims to make it easier for businesses and non-profits with mandates for social good to get some of those contracts — and help connect marginalized people to jobs associated with providing things the city needs.
In April 2014, Metrolinx and the Toronto Community Benefits Network signed a historic Community Benefits Framework to ensure that the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT offers a range of economic opportunities to historically disadvantaged communities and equity-seeking groups.
The Halton Poverty Roundtable is a cross sector network of local community leaders that was formed in 2011 to address the systemic barriers and root causes of poverty. The Halton Poverty Roundtable works to mobilize community resources and stakeholders around innovative community-driven solutions to eliminate poverty in Halton.
Leena Sharma, Director, Community Engagement, Halton Poverty Roundtable
Tel: 905 – 635-3131 ext. 303