To be introduced by Laura Mercer, Acting Director, Financial Services.
Purpose: To provide Council with information with respect to the development of a social procurement policy for the City of Nanaimo.
Recommendation: That the Committee of the Whole provide direction on what option they would like to take to develop a Social Procurement Policy.
1. Join the Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative (CCSPI), and utilize the outcomes of the initiative to inform the City of Nanaimo’s procurement policy;
2. Hire a consulting firm to assist the City in conducting a comprehensive review of Social Procurement best practices and making recommendations to Council that result in a meaningful program that can be both implemented and measured;
3. That the Committee of the Whole direct Staff to take no action at this time other than to monitor the progress of the CCSPI and similar local government social procurement initiatives.