About the SPP


The original SPP project started in Vancouver in 2003, as a way to address unemployment and create further local economic growth in Vancouver’s inner city. In partnership with PATH Employability Centre and the EEC (Employment Exchange Committee), SEED Winnipeg launched a local SPP in 2004.

The goals were similar – to see “Economic and employment opportunities result from directing existing business purchases, to local businesses and social enterprises, which hire those who face barriers to employment.”


In 2008, the SPP took a break from the social purchasing scene, but today it is back in action and the SPP is ready to strengthen its former employment objectives and underlying values of community economic development (CED) in Winnipeg.

Adopted in 2010 by Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE), the SPP supports LITE’s mission “to promote community economic development by supporting inner-city initiatives in Winnipeg that build capacity and provide jobs”.

A special thanks to our funders, The Winnipeg Foundation and The Co-operators, for their generous support to the SPP!