One goal of the SPP is to foster and strengthen employment opportunities for job-seekers in the community facing multiple barriers to finding and maintaining steady employment. The Social Purchasing Portal works with a number of non-profit employment agencies and community organizations offering employment services to connect individuals accessing services from these employment partners to meaningful jobs in the community. Job postings from our project partners are distributed to the Employment Exchange Committee (EEC) who identify and assist individuals accessing their services in applying for these jobs.
Established in 2005 through a partnership between SEED Winnipeg and NECRC’s PATH Resource Centre, the EEC meets quarterly each year. When LITE took over hosting the SPP in 2010, we began working with PATH to chair meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity to update our employment partners on the status of the SPP, but also serve as an avenue for this employment network to share resources, update on programs and relate experiences and advice.