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November 2020 News & Updates

CCSPI Members Have Enabled Over $25M of Social Procurement 

Since CCSPI launched in Spring 2019, participating local governments have realized over $25M in procurement spend with added community benefit. This integrates social and community outcomes into existing procurement spending - just as local communities need it most. Here are just some of the member pilots:

  • Alberni-Clayoquot CRD: Curbside Carts for their Recycling Facility
  • Campbell River: General Facility Maintenance and Repair
  • Comox Valley: Poverty Reduction Strategy
  • Cumberland: Urban Forest Management Plan
  • Port Hardy: Recreation Arena Revitalization
  • qathet RD: Resource Recovery Centre
  • Qualicum Beach: Street Upgrades and Bike Path
  • Sunshine Coast RD: Landscaping and Lawncare
  • Tofino: Pump Station
  • Victoria: Waste Bin Enclosures

By integrating social procurement practices into their purchasing, CCSPI members are supporting their community social goals, incentivizing local employment and increasing the capacity of small businesses, social enterprises and First Nations to respond to local government procurement.

Have an upcoming project you'd like to pilot with social value criteria? The CCSPI team can help reduce the heavy lifting and ensure maximum social value is achieved. Contact Rob Fisher, Project Coordinator to assign one of our experts to work with you.

Deeper Dive: Campbell River Pilot

Campbell River

The City of Campbell River is currently piloting social value criteria in a new RFP for contractors to perform facility maintenance and repair services under a maintenance contract for City owned buildings and property structures.

The City included social value criteria with 15% weighting that "Supports Councils strategic priorities, positive contributions to the local economy, employment opportunities, supply chain diversification, strengthening of the community, social responsibility initiatives, reporting capabilities, etc.".

CCSPI members have now released over 20 pilot projects that have included social value criteria. Most of these can be referenced via the member area of the CCSPI website under the "Online Resources" section.

Read the Full RFP

December Community of Practice

Community of Practice
Join us for the next CCSPI Community of Practice call on December 1
Community of practice calls are held bi-monthly for procurement and economic development staff from CCSPI members across the region to connect, share knowledge and discuss social procurement challenges and successes. 

Each call will feature a local case study or guest presentation, a resource showcase and breakout/wider discussion opportunities designed to help you connect with other members.

CCSPI Members: If you don't already have CCSPI community of practice calls in your calendar you can add them by signing in to the CCSPI member area and clicking on the Community of Practice icon.

Measuring Impact

Impact Measurement
It is critical to measure the impact of social procurement for CCSPI members and our region. Measurement is how we know what is working, where we can improve. It generates the stories of the impact that member spending is having on local communities and social outcomes.

Royal Roads University is helping to design and pilot a standardized impact measurement framework for both members and vendors to use. A standardized approach makes it easier for vendors to build their capacity and participate. Members who have undertaken pilot projects will be contacted shortly by the Royal Roads team for an initial discussion.
Want to know more? CCSPI members can access the draft impact measurement framework and associated info-session recording via the member area of the CCSPI website.

Social Procurement News & Resources

From Across Canada: The City of Edmonton's Social Procurement Policy

The City of Edmonton has implemented a Sustainable Procurement Policy that includes social value considerations for existing purchasing opportunities. The considerations address social and economic issues related to employment, training and skills development, social value supply chain and community development.

Don't forget - CCSPI members can access this and other social procurement policy examples in the member area of the CCSPI website.

Read the Policy

New Federal Government Report: Inclusive innovation: New ideas and new partnerships for stronger communities

Social procurement has been included in the recommendations of the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group in a new report from  Employment and Social Development Canada:

Recommendation 8: Incorporate social procurement guidelines, tools and training opportunities into the Government’s focus on a cohesive sustainable procurement plan.

Access the Full Report
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