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April 2020 News & Updates


CCSPI Operational Update

Thinking of you all, as we navigate these uncertain times together. And as communities shift and adapt to the immediate and unfolding situation, CCSPI is committed to providing members and vendors with information and resources on how procurement can play a role in stabilizing and supporting local economies. 

Our operations remain responsive to your needs. During this time, we are shifting in the following ways:

  • Training, presentations and meetings will be delivered online and virtually until further notice
  • Consultations will be available either through Zoom or via phone
  • Resources and templates will continue to be developed as needed and requested.
  • The CCSPI website will expand to incorporate vendor-specific tools, resources and information.

CCSPI 1-Year Member Survey Feedback

Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out the CCSPI 1-year member survey. It is helpful to have these opportunities to receive your feedback, and to make sure that the resources and information developed are timely, practical and relevant. Here are some of the highlights:

  • CCSPI started with 6 members and now has 20 local government members, and 137 individual members
  • About 50% of individual members are regularly accessing the web-portal of information, resources and templates. If you have not yet accessed the portal and are looking for free training, tools, templates and resources, please contact Rob Fisher
  • Staff time and turnover was noted as a challenge in drafting and implementing social procurement policies
  • Requests for additional resources (currently in development) include: 
    • Templates and training for large capital projects
    • An online forum for communication between members and the CCSPI team
    • More social procurement policy examples
    • How to measuring the impact and community benefit of social procurement
    • Additional vendor and supplier education
    • Joint, Island & Coast wide pre-qualification 
    • Sharing of resources and success stories 

Upcoming Training:
SP 101, 201 & 301 Online


Registration is still open for SP 301 on April 9, training focused on implementing Social Procurement practices for construction projects under $250K.

We are also very pleased to announce that we have added two additional online training dates for SP 101 (May 14) and SP 201 (May 23).

These sessions have all been adapted into online learning experiences, and you can register for these training sessions on the CCSPI website. All training sessions are free for CCSPI members when registering via the member portal.


Upcoming Webinar:
Evaluation and Impact Measurement 

This webinar on May 28 will cover best practices in evaluation and impact measurement, tools and resources for local and/or individual project evaluation, and an overarching framework to measure the collective impact of CCSPI members. We will also discuss alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Presented by Heather Hachigian from Royal Roads and Kristi Fairholm Mader, Scale Collaborative. 

Registration is available now on the CCSPI website, free for members and $70 for non-members.


Local Stories:
Showcasing Tofino

CCSPI members are moving forward with their social procurement pilots. Last month, we showcased the City of Victoria. This month, check out Tofino’s story of unbundling a construction project to encourage local vendors to bid.

All these local case studies are uploaded into the sync drive under “Local Examples”, accessible through the membership portal, and will be posted to the website. If you have an example to share, please contact Rob Fisher

Buy Social Canada Symposium 2020 Goes Digital

Buy Social Canada has shifted the planned regional in-person Buy Social Canada Symposium to an online virtual dialogue on social procurement and the future; the Buy Social Canada Digital Symposium! They will have the recently announced Social Procurement Award winners as key online panelists and being online will open the participation to a Pan-Canadian conversation and potentially international guests.
Join the conversation on shaping a social value marketplace, April 22, 2020, 9am to 1pm PT and noon to 4pm ET. Find out more here

If you have any questions about the event please contact

Developing Your Social Procurement Policy

Feeling stuck on how to move forward with developing a social procurement policy? Here are some recommended steps:
  • Watch Larry Berglund and Daniel Sailland Chief Administrative Officer of Qualicum Beach's "Poilcy Case Study" webinar.
  • Review some different examples of social procurement policies, available either in the CCSPI member portal or on the Buy Social Canada website
  • Reach out to Rob Fisher to schedule a consultation with one of the CCSPI team. Please send us a copy of your current or draft policy so we can review it in advance.
  • Develop, draft, review, adapt and implement!

CCSPI Consultations - How We Can Help and What To Expect

Direct consultation and coaching will help move your social procurement strategy forward and apply the developed resources and templates. Within the CCSPI budget, there are approximately 10 hours of consultation time per organizational member. There are a number of ways CCSPI can assist:
  • Review your current procurement policy and make recommendations to incorporate social procurement
  • Review your draft social procurement policy and provide feedback and recommendations
  • Review RFx with social procurement included and provide feedback and recommendations
  • Help troubleshoot issues that may emerge
  • Assist in thinking through strategies for moving forward
If your request exceeds the time allocated (i.e. your procurement policy requires a more thorough re-write), we are happy to provide 2 options: a) an outline of what we can do within allocated hours, and b) time and cost estimate for additional work. 
Please contact Rob Fisher to arrange for consultation time.

Tools for Resiliency

As we continue to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, responses are emerging to help communities and organizations weather the storm and work towards recovery, such as Stimulating Economic Growth Through Local Purchasing

Buy Social Canada also has some ideas for how Social Procurement might provide solutions that support local businesses and social enterprises.

We will keep our eyes open for resources on the specific role procurement can play, and post on the website and to the member portal. Please forward anything of interest to Rob Fisher for inclusion.
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