Mayor's Task Force Seeks Input on Draft Action Plan, "Good Jobs + Good Business = Better Community"

The Mayor’s Task Force on Social Enterprise and Social Procurement is seeking input to help shape its draft action plan, Good Jobs + Good Business = Better Community [PDF - 357 KB].

The actions in the plan are meant to help people who are out of the workforce get to work, and to grow a strong, inclusive economy at the same time.

The plan identifies three sets of recommendations that will strengthen the City’s procurement practices to maximize community benefit as well as support small business and social enterprise sectors.

Using an ecosystem-based approach to community economic development, the draft action plan focuses to a large degree on efforts to get the unemployed, underemployed and marginalized into employment.

The draft recommendations include:

  • Leading Economic Change – make the mainstream economy more inclusive to ensure there is always an opportunity for everyone to prosper
  • Community Benefit Procurement – purchases should be leveraged to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the community
  • Social Enterprise Development – strengthen and grow businesses already doing business with community benefit in mind and grow the social enterprise sector

Each of the three recommendations has a set of actions and tasks to be implemented over the next five years to achieve prescribed outcomes. Leads and supports in the community to help achieve these outcomes are also proposed and include the City of Victoria, local organizations, agencies and business.

Feedback Opportunities

There are a variety of ways for the community to provide feedback:

The deadline for feedback is Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Public input will help inform the draft action plan that will be presented to City Council for consideration in March.

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