50% of Canadian businesses are owned by women, yet only 5% of business-to-government contracts are awarded to women-owned businesses. The Supplier Diversity Program is a strategic business process which aims to provide women-owned businesses, Aboriginal peoples and minorities with an equal opportunity to become suppliers to large corporations in Canada and the United States.
Several organizations offer this certification:
Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada)
WBE Canada is a not-for-profit organization, led by corporate members who build connections between Canadian women-owned businesses and corporate/government buyers across North America.
Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
CAMSC champions business relationships and economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through the inclusion of Aboriginals and minority suppliers.
WEConnect International has been active in Canada since the beginning of 2008, working with strategic partners, government agencies, corporate members and outstanding women business owners across the country.
WEConnect International is the exclusive global partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in the US. WEConnect International provides opportunities within all target countries, including Canada. Together, WEConnect International and WBENC ensure that women's business enterprise certification standards and processes are maintained by respective affiliates and local partner organizations.