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November 2019 

Newest Member!

Welcome Regional District of Nanaimo! It is so great to see the growing interest and continuous onboarding of members into this community of practice. 


Fall 2019 Training- Another Training Added for Local Governments


We are in full swing of Fall 2019 training. If you have not yet attended SP 101 or 201, there is upcoming training in Campbell River and Powell River. The goal of this training stretch is to start launching social procurement pilots in the New Year. The more we can do this together, the more we learn from each other's experience. Register now to secure your spot!
  • November 15- Social Procurement 201- Campbell River
  • November 26 - Webinar- Developing a Social Procurement RFP
  • December 11- Social Procurement 101 - Powell River
  • December 12- Social Procurement 201- Powell River

Members register for free through the CCSPI membership portal. 

Social Procurement 201- Get the most out of the session


Social Procurement 201 is the follow-up from the 101 introductory session. Participants will benefit from this session by coming prepared. Make sure to: 
  • Bring a copy or or have access to your social procurement policy
  • Have access to a copy of your community/government strategic plan or official community plan
  • Bring 3-5 examples of upcoming purchases that your organization will make in the next 6-12 months
   The goal for the day is to have policies, social value criteria and identification of pilot projects to implement social procurement.


Training for Local Businesses, Social Enterprises and Community Organizations 


As local governments pilot social procurement policies and practices, it is important that organizations that might be, be prepared to respond. CCSPI is hosting a number of workshops for suppliers. Feel free to share through your local community networks, and/or register here.

Thanks to all the generous hosts who are helping make these sessions happen!
  • November 14: Social Procurement for Non-Profits and Social Enterprises - Nanaimo
  • November 14: Social Procurement for Local Businesses - Nanaimo
  • November 27 -Social Procurement for Non-Profits and Social Enterprises - Campbell River
  • November 27 - Social Procurement for Local Businesses- Campbell River
  • January 21- Social Procurement for Local Businesses- Duncan


New Resource!

RFP for Services Framework and Template, and Webinar

CCSPI has developed a template sample of an RFP that includes social procurement clauses and social value criteria. This sample uses Landscape Services as a template. You can access the resource on the sync drive. There will be a short webinar reviewing this tool on November 26th, from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. 

This webinar will outline the step by step process or framework to writing an RFP,  how to draft an RFP for services with defined social procurement outcomes, applicable RFP clauses, supplier response to social procurement criteria and how to measure outcomes.

Register here or through the membership portal. 


Updated Construction Guide

The most recently updated Social Procurement guide Construction-related projects is accessible to all members in the sync drive. If you had seen the last construction guide, we want to let you know that it has been updated. 


Presentations to Councils


CCSPI is available for presentations to councils, upon request. The presentation provides a high level overview of what social procurement is and is not and how social procurement can be most effectively implemented with examples provided. Contact Teri Ejere to schedule a presentation.

Myth Busters and FAQs

Social procurement does not limit competition. 

Procurement is a competitive bid process; social procurement introduces a way for competing bids to demonstrate their social value and positive community benefits. Recent examples of RFPs did not see a decrease in the number of competitive bids submitted.

Access the growing list of FAQ’s and Mythbusters. Have a burning question? Send to us and we’ll keep on adding!

What Training Participants are Saying...

Online Training Reminder

As a CCSPI member, you have access to online courses through the Social Enterprise Institute such as 
Introduction to Social Procurement with Larry Berglund 
To gain FREE access, use the link above and discount code SCALE4563 at checkout.
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