From policy to action

AnchorTO, in partnership with SENCO, is collaborating to address the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on local and equity-deserving communities by developing ways to leverage the economic power of anchor institutions. AnchorTO is a network of public sector institutions in Toronto focused on addressing the pandemic’s socio-economic impact through the use of procurement, community investment and workforce inclusion.

Future Skills Centre is investing $152,400 in this 2-year project. This initiative will engage anchor institutions and diversely owned and social purpose businesses to design, prototype and launch tools and infrastructure that create pathways to procurement opportunities in the public sector. The project will also develop educational materials to enhance the capacity of businesses in navigating the public sector procurement process.

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Public sector anchor institutions are seeking ways to leverage their economic power to invest in community assets, create employment and training opportunities, and procure from community-based and diverse enterprises.

Evaluation Strategy

This project is evaluated using tools and approaches aligned with its goals, context, and stage of development. The evaluation focuses on generating the right evidence at the right moment to move the intervention forward. Read more about our evaluation strategy.

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