Blending business and social value in purchasing.
Building stronger communities, one purchase at a time.

List of Purchasers

AJW Warehousing Inc.
AJW Warehousing is a leading provider of warehousing and logistics services. They offer a range of services, from local courier, regional and global transport support, to transportation consulting and light manufacturing.Their environmental and green approach, together with a focus on individual sustainability and their community, provide a partner you can rely on.
Al-Hijra Islamic School

Since the establishment of the institution in 1996, the Al-Hijra Islamic School has become well respected for innovative learning. Emphasis is on student-centered, hands-on, technology. Al-Hijra Islamic School is a member of the UNESCO Schools Network.

Assiniboine Credit Union
As our first SPP Purchaser, Assiniboine Credit Union is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as they do business in a way that is financially sound and socially, environmentally and ethically responsible. It speaks to the value they see in using their skills and resources as a financial co-operative to help foster self-reliant and sustainable communities.
Augustine United Church

The mission of Augustine United Church is to worship God, care for each other, seek justice, and deepen one's faith in an inclusive, affirming Christian community. Their vision is to grow in spirit, kinship and number by offering a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth and by serving communities beyond our walls through the power of God's transformative love in human action. As part of their values they are a community that seeks justice, caring, respectful relationships, inclusiveness, a welcoming spirit and spiritual growth.

Building Urban Industries for Local Development (BUILD) is a non-profit contractor and training program for people who face barriers to employment.They retrofit homes to be more energy efficient, work and employ local neighbourhood people, and work to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.BUILD trains people with limited experience in formal labour markets to gain the skills and knowledge needed in an attempt to reduce poverty and improve the environment.
Beal Consultants
Beal Consultants helps people buy, sell, value, improve and start businesses. They abide by the Code of Ethics of the International Business Broker Association, which imposes obligations beyond those of ordinary commerce. It calls for Business Brokers to be zealous in maintaining and improving ethical practices and sharing with their fellow Business Brokers a common responsibilty for integrity and honor in their business transactions.
Bernstein's Deli

Bernstein’s is a family owned and operated traditional deli offering a specialty grocery section and deli counter, a breakfast and lunch restaurant as well as a catering service. Trying to incorporate local goods and producers when possible, Bernstein's makes old-fashioned homemade comfort food, which is hard to find! Deli culture and nostalgia for good quality homemade food is what Bernstein's prides itself on.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg

As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Our mission is to provide children with mentors for friendship, support and guidance.  The impact that mentoring has to a child is empowering, but not only does mentoring directly impact a child or youth it also impacts our community. Helping children reach their full potential can lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools and neighborhoods, and a new generation of civic-minded adults!

Canadian CED Network
The Canadian Community Economic Development Network believes in contributing to sustainable and inclusive communities, directing their own social, economic and environmental futures. They bring people and organizations together to share knowledge and build a collective voice for CED action, in a movement to create community-based solutions to local and global challenges.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives offers Manitobans critical policy analysis, solid research and progressive policy alternatives, with a particular emphasis on poverty and labour issues.
Churchill High School

Churchill High School has a long tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and co-curricular involvement. Their staff is dedicated to quality instruction, care and concern for students, and persistence in providing a positive learning environment for them to develop their personal growth. The building also houses a second school, Collège Churchill. Churchill High School offers excellent academic programs, including the Flexible Learning and Special Education Programs.

CKUW Radio
CKUW is a non-profit FM radio station at the University of Winnipeg. It's programming is a reflection of the true interests and concerns of the volunteers and the local campus community. CKUW is a place where alternative viewpoints can be aired, and local musicians always take priority. Local cultural programs are a large part of their schedule, and a quater of their programming consists of spoken word shows covering local news, the entertainment scene and community/social justice issues.
Collège Jeanne-Sauvé

Collège Jeanne-Sauvé's motto is "Foundations for Tomorrow" and their mission is to empower students to become lifelong learners and to realize their potential as resourceful and responsible citizens.They strive to provide students with opportunities to reach their potential and seek excellence through various learning experiences while promoting independence, respect and good citizenship; nurturing the skills necessary for lifelong learning; and enhancing their skills in both official languages. Collège Jeanne-Sauvé provides a collaborative atmosphere so that their students have the opportunity to grow in a safe, open and caring environment. 

Community Education Development Association- CEDA
CEDA is a non-profit inner city community development organization that strives to meet the educational needs of the community, focusing on advocacy and programming that addresses the shortfalls of the education system in serving the members of their community.CEDA works in partnership with parents and community groups through a community self-help approach to develop programs, access resources and address issues to enhance inner city education, and the quality of life in inner city communities.
Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthew's Community Association (DMSMCA)
The Daniel McIntyre/St.Matthews Community Association (DMSMCA) is a community-driven not-for-profit Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation service the Daniel McIntyre and St. Matthews neighbourhoods in WestCentral Winnipeg. Their mission is to empower the community of Daniel McIntyre/St.Matthews to achieve social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing.
Diversity Food Services

Diversity Food Services is a joint venture of the University of Winnipeg's Community Renewal Corporation's (UWCRC) and SEED Winnipeg to deliver quality food services to the University of Winnipeg. The mandare of Diversity Food Services is developing nutritious, fairly-priced and ethnically diverse food options. Diversity will focus, wherever possible, on locally sourced foods, organic ingredients and a commitment to fair-trade practices.

École Golden Gate Middle School

École Golden Gate Middle School is a dual track (French-English), middle years school belonging to the St. James Assiniboia School Division.
Their purpose is to provide a safe, nurturing and cooperative environment that will guide and encourage each individual: to develop mind and body to full potential; to foster respect for school, home and community; respect for self and others;  to enjoy and take pride in learning, belonging, achieving and caring. These goals are promoted in a setting dedicated to providing a full education in both official Canadian languages.  As a UNESCO candidate school for the third year, they focus and integrate the UNESCO pillars of learning into the curriculum.

Elmwood Community Resource Centre
ECRC is a community based organization that provides resources and leadership so the people of Elmwood can work together in building a stronger and safer community, making it a more desirable place to live, work and raise a family.
Fernwood Publishing

Fernwood Publishing produces critical non-fiction that inform, enlighten and challenge readers. As a book publisher, our goals are not merely economic, but also political. In confronting issues of race, class, gender and sexuality in the books that we publish, it is our hope that we can be part of the process of change. We also aim to  provide authentic opportunities to first time authors and to groups who are often silent or silenced in today’s media. We are not afraid to take risks in this regard and, because of our confidence in the quality of the work we choose to publish, many of our first time authors remain with us throughout their publishing career.

Food For Thought Catering
Food for Thought has been in business for almost 12 years.They offer catering and frozen foods, they provide healthy and affordable meals for singles, families and seniors. Their frozen foods meals are available for delivery to any part of the city! They have a new service menu available so be sure to check out the website for more details!
Food Matters Manitoba
Food Matters Manitoba is a registered charity that engages Manitobans towards healthy, sustainable and fair food for all. Food Matters aims to educate Manitobans about food security and the sustainability of food systems in Manitoba, as well as to raise public awareness about food security and the sustainability of our food systems.
FrogBox Winnipeg

FROGBOX's Mission is to reduce the stress of moving on our customers and on our Earth. 

Moving is one of life's most stressful events. FROGBOX fills the need for a cost effective, user and environmentally friendly alternative to cardboard boxes.

FROGBOX rents reusable industrial strength plastic boxes. We Drop Them Off. You Pack and Move. We Pick Them Up. It's that simple!

And FROGBOXes are not just for moving - think temporary storage during renovations, home-staging, office/business moves and event organisation - Convenient, Affordable, and Green!

Green Action Centre

Green Action Centre is a non-profit, non-governmental hub for greener living based in Winnipeg, serving Manitoba.They promote greener living through environmental education and encourage practical green solutions for homeowners, workplaces, schools and communities.

Health in Common
Health in Common is a non-profit that works to strengthen connections for healthy, sustainable communities. They recognize that social, environmental, economic and cultural factors collectively create healthy sustainable communities. They encourage partnerships within and across sectors, and address the social, environmental and economic factors that determine health.
Hendren Homes Inc.

Hendren Homes, a division of Foster Built Homes, specializes in residentrial new home contruction. They are a second generation home builder that is dedicated to building quality family homes.

Initiatives for Just Communities
Initiatives for Just Communities purpose and vision is to embrace Christ's mandate of reconciliation, they seek to be communities of justice, advocacy and integration for those who have been or are at risk to be victims or offenders.
IRCOM(Immigrant and Refugee Community of Manitoba)
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) is a non-profit organization that operates a transitional housing complex in downtown Winnipeg called IRCOM House Ellen. IRCOM House offers secure, affordable and clean apartments to newcomer families for up to 3 years after their arrival.In addition IRCOM provides onsite supports and services including an After-School Program for children and youth, An Asset Building Program for those interested in learning about money in the Canadian context and participating in a matched savings program as well as a Community Resource Program that connects community members with employment, education, and various health resources throughout Winnipeg. IRCOM also runs the Newcomer Literacy Initiative which consists of daily English as an Additional Language classes with free childcare available.
James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry - Riverview Constituency Office
James Allum is the Minister of Education and Advanced learning and MLA for the Fort Garry - Riverview provincial riding. He is proud to have his office as a purchasing partner of the SPP
Kevin Chief, MLA for Point Douglas Constituency Office
Kevin Chief is the Minister of Jobs and the Economy for the Manitoba goverment and the MLA for the Point Douglas riding. He is proud to have his office as a purchasing parterner of the SPP.
Kisik Commercial Furniture Inc.
Kisik Inc. is a Canadian Aboriginal owned and operated supplier and dealer of office and residential furnishings. They offer consultation on all commercial interior issues with professional sales and installation services.
Klinic Community Health Centre is a centre for people who are concerned with issues of social justice.They provide a range of health related services from medical care to counselling to education. They promote health and quality of life for all, as well as address the special needs of their neighbourhoods and help communities organize on issues of concern.
Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE)
LITE fundraises throughout the year in order to support and promote innovative employment projects through our Community Grants Program and in order to support local social enterprises and worker co-ops through our Alternative Christmas Hamper program, Northern Star Blanket project, as well as other initiatives. LITE is also the new host of Winnipeg's Social Purchasing Portal.
Logo Print, Wear & Promotions
LOGO Print, Wear & Productions provides promotional products, which are an essential element in the Marketing Mix of any successful business.
Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts
The Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts is Manitoba's premier independent institution, dedicated to a higher level of musical learning, eager to help you learn and achieve musical skills. More importantly, they are a musical community. They embrace and nurture the musical spirit of toddlers, beginners, students, dabblers, amateurs and professionals.
Manitoba Cooperative Association
The Manitoba Cooperative Association is a provincial association of cooperative organizations, created by its members to enhance and support the development of a united, growing and influential cooperative movement in Manitoba.
Manitoba Customer Contact Association
Manitoba Customer Contact Association (MCCA) is an industry association comprised of Manitoba companies and organizations associated with the customer contact sector. MCCA supports the industry by coordinating training and networking opportunities to ensure the necessary skills are developed to meet the needs of the future.  Members are also committed to educating the public and creating career awareness, promoting the industry as one where many careers begin and develop into a successful future.
Manitoba Eco-Network

Manitoba Eco-Network is a non-profit organization which promotes positive environmental action. Our organization's mission is to facilitate environmental awareness and expand community connections. We educate, we facilitate, we celebrate!

Manitoba Green Retrofit
MGR is a non-profit social enterprise that offers energy effecient retrofits, residential renovations, and a service for vulnerable persons who cannot prepare their home for bed bug treatments. Their team is composed of trained professionals, employed from within Winnipeg's inner city, who take pride in providing their clients with affordable and efficient services.
Manitoba NDP, Caucus
The Mantoba NDP are proud to be purchasing partners in support of the SPP for their Social Enterprise Strategy.
Mediation Services Winnipeg
Mediation Services is dedicated to helping work through conflict, whether it is with a neighbour, family member or someone else. They are also there if one person has committed a crime against another, to help explore positive outcomes. They celebrate diversity among people and value differences as a source of creativity and starting point for resolution.
Menno Simons College

Menno Simons College is a centre for excellence in International Development Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies and is a college of the Canadian Mennonite University in affiliation with The University of Winnipeg.
Menno Simons College aspires to embody values of justice, peace and service, both in their teaching and in their lives. They value academic freedom, and desire to grow as a meeting place where diverse communities can address local and global issues with appreciation for differing perspectives. Students from all backgrounds and orientations are invited to join in building this vital learning community.

MGEU- MB Gov & General Employees' Union

MGEU represents 40,000 working Manitobans, making it the largest union in the province. MGEU “activists” elected from the membership work closely with professional MGEU staff to bargain with employers to achieve better wages, benefits and working conditions;assist members when they have concerns about their workplace or feel they've been treated unfairly; monitor and influence policy that will affect members' interests and concerns.

New Directions: For Children, Youth, Adult & Families

Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. We have redefined ourselves and our services to work better with children, youth, adults and families as they chart their own course within the community. Our services are divided into three categories: Counselling, Assessment, Support and Prevention Programs; Training and Education Programs; and Residential and Support Programs. We strive to offer everyone the same opportunities to achieve the life they’ve dreamed of – a life full of promise, potential, respect and self-worth. We believe in a person-centred approach.

North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC)

The North End Community Renewal Corporation is a non-profit community renewal organization  with a mandate to promote the economic, social and cultural renewal of the North End of Winnipeg. The Corporation provides a co-ordinating role and a strategic focus for renewal activities that improves the quality of housing, creates jobs, upgrades commercial and industrial areas, implements employment development programs,  reduces crime, and improves the overall image of the north end. NECRC is committed to CED principles and Local Procurement.

North End Women's Centre
The North End Women's Centre has been serving women and their families for over 25 years. Their purpose is to provide a friendly atmosphere, where women can receive the understanding, support and resources they need to make informed choices about their lives.  Resources include, but are not limited to, information, referrals, counselling, outreach, employment programs, transitional housing, groups and volunteer opportunities.
PeaceWorks Technology Solutions
PeaceWorks provides first-rate technology solutions that enable organizations to achieve their mission with increased ease and efficiency. They focus on genuine client-focused relationships, connecting client needs with sustainable and reliable technology solutions, and their main motivation comes from their level of social impact.
Peg City Carshare Co-op
Peg City Car Co-op wants to help you change how you think about getting around Winnipeg, by allowing the use of a car when you need one, and eliminating the obligation to that car when you don't. Carsharing is a practical alternative that helps you meet your transportation needs by encouraging you to think about your vehicle use and rely on transit, walking and cyclying for the majority of your transportation.
Priorities and Planning Committee of Cabinet
Priorities and Planning- Cabinet Committee
Project Peacemakers
Project Peacemakers is a body of people who are working for peace from a faith perspective. They believe that a peaceful society is one which is just where all people are free to strive for wholeness. They try to create a peaceful society by motivating and educating themselves and their community, through educational forums, educational pamphlets and presentations on current issues such as Child Soldiers and War-Affected Children.
Reaching E-Quality Employment Services Inc.
REES is committed to promoting, facilitating and maintaining the employment of people with disabilities or health conditions by providing diverse and customized employment, training and consultation services.
Reconnaissance Management Consultant Group
Reconnaissance Management Consulting Group is an association of versatile managment professionals who deliver specialized services to clients in a wide range of business and in the non-profit sector. Their work covers the spectrum from large, long-term strategic development projects to smaller contracts requiring business plan review and analysis.
SAFE Workers of Tomorrow
SAFE Workers of Tomorrow provices non-profit education and information to create awareness for safe and healthy workplaces in Manitoba. They are committed to equipping students with health and safety resource materials and information, by providing presentations to any school in Manitoba at no cost.
SEED Winnipeg Inc.
SEED Winnipeg is dedicated to reducing poverty and assisting in the renewal of primarily inner city communities, by providing capactiy services that assist low-income individuals, groups or organizations and economically distressed neighborhoods to improve their social and economic vitality.
Sexuality Education Resource Centre Manitoba (SERC)

Sexuality Education Resource Centre Manitoba is a community based, non-profit,pro-choice organization.

Who are dedicated to promoting sexual health through education.

Spence Neighbourhood Association
The Spence Neighbourhood Association is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the living conditions of the area. They work with the people of Spence to revitalize and renew their community in the areas of health, safety, community, economic development, housing, youth and neighbourhood image.
Self-Starting Creative Opportunities For People in Employment (SSCOPE), is a non-profit community based casual and part-time employment service. SSCOPE's members who are consumers of any mental health service use and develop their working skills within the community. SSCOPE achieves its mission through a variety of activities, such as job finding, supported employment, self-help advocacy, social interaction, skills-training and community education about mental health and employment issues.
St. James Collegiate

St. James Collegiate is a senior school in Winnipeg. Their mission is to provide students with the opportunity to develop academic skills and interests in a modern technological environment with the appropriate kinds of knowledge and skills for the world in which they live.
They strive to develop students who are open-minded, respectful, hard-working, caring and knowledgeable. To do this they value the pursuit of individual excellence; connections with the local and global community; diversity of people, perspectives and opportunities; social responsibility, through their words and actions while working together in a safe, healthy and welcoming environment.

Stevenson-Britannia Adult Learning Centre

Stevenson- Britannia has been operating since 1997, both as an Adult Learning Centre and an Adult Literacy Program. They are committed to providing a learning environment which is not only supportive and accepting but also appropriate for adult learners of all ages. Their vision is to enhance the quality of life for each and every learner through knowledge and education. They acknowledge that education can help adults make changes in their lives, treat people with fairness, respect and dignity, and encourage the development, application and evaluation of new knowledge, skills and ideas.

Taking Charge! Inc.

Taking Charge! (1995) is a non-profit, charitable organization that annually provides programs and services to 325 single parents and women who are working towards economic independence.  Taking Charge! provides intake/assessment, planning and goal-setting; personal development and pre-employment programs; academic upgrading, with the goal of post-secondary training and/or employment.

Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Taylor McCaffrey LLP provides legal advice to clients in a wide range of matters including coporate and commericial, labour and employment, insurance and health and much more. The lawyers of Taylor McCaffrey LLP are active in the community and committed to continuing legal education, lecturing at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, the Law Society of Manitoba, and a variety of other public and educational venues.
The University of Winnipeg Student's Association- UWSA
The UWSA unites the students of the University of Winnipeg in order to advance student interests. Their efforts include promoting the exchange of ideas and information among students, and within the greater University community. In all its activities, the UWSA is committed to providing leadership in environmentally-responsible, ethical, and progressive ways.
The Wolseley Family Place
Wolseley Family Place is a welcoming centre where families with small children can access support staff and other parents, on family-related issues.
UNESCO Schools Associated Network Manitoba
Manitoba has 21 educational institutions that belong to the UNESCO Associated Schools Network. Coordinated nationally by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Manitoba network comprises Kindergarten to Grade 12 public and private schools, an adult education centre, and a university faculty of education. The provincial network is part of a global network of more than 9000 educational institutions that work in support of international understanding and peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.
Vincent Massey Collegiate

Vincent Massey Collegiate is committed to meeting the needs of the mind, the body and the soul. They are a dynamic and vibrant school which boasts rich and innovative learning opportunities for all of their student population. They provide a structured and secure educational environment for students, along with freedom for personal development and decision-making. Vincent Massey is a school where integrity and diversity are appreciated, and where students prepare themselves to be actively involved and responsible world citizens.

Volunteer Manitoba
Volunteer Manitoba aims to support groups and individuals in the voluntary sector to develop and enhance their capactiy to anticipate, understand, celebrate and meet community needs in Manitoba. Their goal is to provide information, training and resources on all aspects of the voluntary sector to build strong communities. helps small businesses to get their information out on the Internet, attract new business, and sometimes even to sell products and services online. The #1 thing they've learned is that their relationship with customers is what matters the most. They work hard to make great looking websites that work great, but their focus is on treating their customers how they themselves want to be treated. Answering the phone when customers call, keeping customers up to date on their projects, they are honest and direct, and sincerely want to help their customers succeed.

West Broadway Community Organization
The West Broadway Community Organization is a non-profit organization committed to environmentally sustainable social and economic development in the West Broadway neighbourhood. They work to coordinate and support neighbourhood renewal together with residents, community-based organizations, businesses, government and other partners.
West Central Women's Resource Centre
The West Central Women's Resource Centre aims to empower women to help themselves, their families and their community to safer, healthier lifestyles. Their vision is for a healthy, sustainable, equitable, just and peaceful community where women's knowledge and experience is valued and respected.
WestEnd Commons

The WestEnd Commons includes a social housing project and a Neighbourhood Resource Centre. The Neighbourhood Resource Centre operates as a social enterprise and provides a rental space service to accomodate meeting and event needs.

White Gloves Cleaning Services
White Gloves Cleaning Services provides environmentally friendly residential and commercial cleaning services in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We use only natural eco-friendly cleaning supplies and cleaning techniques. We do this to ensure that your home and workplace are healthy environments free of harmful chemicals and air pollutants
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Winnipeg Folk Festival has evolved over the years from a one-weekend event to a year-round arts organization and community asset with folk music at its heart. Today the festival presents concerts and events throughout the year, supports the community with education and outreach programs, and operates a folk music store and performance space in Winnipeg's Exchange District.
Winnipeg Transition Centre (WTC)
Empowering and assisting individuals with their job search process. The WTC provides support to individuals who are looking to reenter the workforce in a variety of ways, such as providing employment counselling. They also help individuals meet their professional goals by offering a number of different workshops. The WTC is also one of our Employment Exchange Partners.
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