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“How do we build community capacity?” he said. “How do we do things that reduce crime, reduce health-care cost, and reduce poverty? All of those things that help build community.”
Sean Hogan, interim executive director of Build Inc., a non-profit contractor that trains and employs people with barriers to employment, told the Winnipeg Sun on Wednesday that working with organizations like Build Inc. provides government with large back-end savings.
“Every dollar that’s spent on social enterprise or a contractor with good support systems, which there’s lots of, means less kids in care and less people coming out of jail and going straight back in,” he said. “Manitoba has four times the national recidivism average. That’s embarrassing. Rather than throwing these guys back in jail, we could give them jobs. That would make a pretty big impact.”
Speaking prior to the vote, Nason, who moved a similar motion at EPC, said contractors involved in sustainability are ready to see action on the subject.
“To me, it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, or who gets the notoriety on this,” he said. “The important thing is we acknowledge and address the issues that are on our streets that are only going to be compounded for years to come with COVID-19. We really don’t have time to wait and study the matter more. If industry is ready, we should be working (with them).”