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York University partners with the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce on social procurement MOU

In March 2023, York University and the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that aims to reduce barriers to commerce and drive inclusive economic growth.  

At the heart of the collaboration between York University and the CBCC is York’s Social Procurement Vendor Portal, an innovative framework to change how the University buys goods and services. It is designed to support diverse-owned businesses and social enterprises in Ontario’s local communities. The Portal and York’s Social Procurement Policy solidify York’s commitment to prioritizing vendor diversity.  

CBCC members will be able to fast-track their applications through the portal, which will provide meaningful support to Black-owned businesses. 

Through proactive identification and collaboration with diverse-owned businesses, social enterprises and individuals who face higher unemployment, underemployment and discrimination, this partnership is helping York and the CBCC realize their shared vision of a future marked by equitable social development, inclusive economic recovery, community capacity building and social justice.