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March 2020 News & Updates


CCSPI to receive
‘Social Procurement Champion’ Award

CCSPI has been nominated to receive the Regional Social Procurement Champion Award at the Buy Social Canada Symposium 2020-- congratulations to all members! The evening reception is taking place in Vancouver on April 21. Mayor Lisa Helps and Mayor Josie Osbourne have been invited to accept the award on behalf of the CCSPI membership, but ALL are invited to attend, as well as to register for the Symposium. Click here to learn more about the the Buy Social Canada Symposium 2020


Upcoming Training
Register for SP 301 on April 9

SP 301: Social Procurement Implementation for Construction Under $250K

Social Procurement 301 is an interactive and hands on session on  integrating social values and community priorities into construction and infrastructure bids. This session will focus on ‘Construction Projects Under $250K’ and will cover spending thresholds, unbundling projects, mobilizing social value supply chains and key capacities. The session will also cover communications and change management strategies. Thanks to Comox Regional District for hosting the session! Register now!

Members can register for free through the membership portal on the CCSPI website.


Upcoming Training
Register for SP Training on April 23

Social Procurement for Non Profits, Social Enterprises & Local Business

All levels of governments are increasingly integrating social procurement into their bid requirements. This session will:
  • explain what businesses can expect
  • share stories and examples of how social procurement is being implemented
  • outline upcoming opportunities
This training is best suited to goods and services suppliers that are interested in bidding on or have government contracts, and/or are suppliers to larger government contractors.

Register for free on the CCSPI website.


Local Stories:
Check Out What Victoria is Doing!

CCSPI members are moving forward with their social procurement pilots. Last month, we showcased Port Hardy. This month, check out how City of Victoria is mobilizing their p-card spend using concentric circles considerations.

All of these case studies are included in the CCSPI member resources under “Local Examples”, accessible through the membership portal. More to come!

Building a Movement


Social procurement is a change to how government and procurement works. The shift from ‘lowest price’ to ‘greatest value’ can be significant. We want to recognize all of the CCSPI members for building their capacity and doing the work of integrating social procurement as a best practice. And we also want to encourage those that have undertaken the learning to start implementing. The CCSPI team is on hand to help! 

Here is a quick video on ‘building a movement’ to inspire us all. It seems we are at the point where the early stage dancers are gaining a greater following and co-leaders are emerging. Can we tip into a movement?

New Resource:
CCSPI Communications Guide

CCSPI members now have access to a new folder and resource! The Communications Guide outlines how to use storytelling to share out the ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘next steps’ of social procurement to your community partners and stakeholders. The folder also contains templates and examples of briefing notes, social media posts, visuals, frequently asked questions and answers, glossary of terms and more. Check out the guide here, and access additional resources and collateral through the membership portal on the CCSPI website.
SP 301 attendees will have an opportunity to develop their Communications Strategy during the upcoming training on April 9.

Pre-Qualification of Social Enterprises
and Businesses


The pre-qualification working group has developed a draft pre-qualification RFI, currently under review. The goal is to have CCSPI members post the RFI and to request permission to share successful proponents across communities. The desired outcome is to have a pre-qualified list of social enterprises and social purpose businesses for under threshold spends and direct award opportunities.

If this is of interest to your community and you’d like to see the draft version, please contact Kristi directly at

Schedule Customized Training


Several CCSPI members are receiving customized training across their staff teams. This is an effective approach to building common language and understanding across your organization, and getting buy-in from various organizational levels.

Please contact Rob Fisher at for more information and to schedule a training.

Library of Resources


CCSPI members have access to tons of valuable resources, tools and templates, plus folders for each member community that have a social procurement or purchasing policy, and related RFx developed throughout the training so far. These resources can be accessed through the CCSPI member portal:
  • Log in to the CCSPI website as a member
  • Click on the "Member Area" tab to access the Member Home Page. 
  • Scroll down and click on "Resources and Examples". This will take you directly to the Sync Drive.


Please contact Rob Fisher if you are having trouble accessing these resources.

Thank you Teri Ejere, welcome to Rob Fisher!


Teri Ejere has headed off to new adventures (thanks for all her hard work) and Rob Fisher has come on board to help coordinate CCSPI training and activities. Here’s a little bit about Rob:

Hailing from London, UK Rob has fifteen years of experience managing, developing and delivering programs for federal and provincial governments. He has worked in the fields of immigration, public safety and business engagement in the UK, US and Canada. Now keenly focused on building community capital in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector, Rob works with local businesses, nonprofits, social enterprises and government organizations to help build the resiliency and capacity required to address local community issues. In his spare time Rob is an avid traveller, music obsessive, and amateur pinball player.
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