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August 2020 News & Updates

CCSPI Community of Practice

To better connect procurement staff across the region, CCSPI is launching a bi-monthly community of practice.

This will provide an effective way for CCSPI members from different communities across the region to connect, share examples, discuss best practices and take a collaborative approach to social procurement implementation.

The community of practice will include case study and project showcasing from member communities, exploring CCSPI tools and resources, small group breakouts, vendor engagement and local impact success stories.

CCSPI members: Keep an eye on your inboxes for
invitations arriving in the fall!

SP101 Online October - Register Now!

The next next SP101 online training session is scheduled for
October 8th at 10:00 am PST.

Join David LePage of Buy Social Canada for this 2 hour introductory training session that will provide a complete introduction to Social Procurement, including an overview of the best practices, policies and tools to advance social procurement within your local government and community context.

Training is free for CCSPI members and non-members may participate at cost.

SP201 - Schedule Your Fall Training Now

With more and more CCSPI members moving towards implementation of social procurement, now is a great time to think about scheduling some SP201 training for your organization in the fall. The CCSPI team can also work with you directly to identify any specific training needs, gaps or challenges and incorporate these into your training session.

With economic recovery currently front and centre in many communities, now is an ideal time to consider taking advantage of the additional community and economic benefits that social procurement can create.

Ready to schedule a fall training session? Please contact Rob Fisher, CCSPI Project Coordinator at

Royal Roads Gets Funding to Work with CCSPI on Impact Measurement

Measuring impact is important, and we are excited to announce that Royal Roads University has received funding to support impact measurement for CCSPI.

Using the impact measurement framework, CCSPI members can understand and measure their social impact across the region and map these impacts to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Royal Roads will be hiring students to help measure CCSPI's impact collectively across the region as well as to provide support to members.

Check out the new region-wide impact measurement framework and accompanying webinar in the CCSPI member area.

Webinar Re-Cap - Developing a Social Procurement Policy

CCSPI members have access to a wealth of useful resources including pre-recorded webinars. This case study webinar, presented by Larry Berglund, Principal, Presentations Plus and Daniel Sailland, CAO, Qualicum Beach is explores the development of Qualicum Beach's social procurement policy.

If you're in the process of updating your purchasing policy to include social procurement this webinar and other templates and examples accessible via the CCSPI member area could prove useful.

Nominate a COVID-19 Community Recovery Project

Future of Good is looking for Canada’s top 100 recovery projects and seeking nominations for local solutions created by organizations or individuals that are helping communities #BuildBackBetter from the economic & social impacts of COVID-19.

Know about a great local recovery example in your community? Find out more and submit a nomination by clicking below.
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Buy Social Canada Partnerships for Vendors & Corporations

Buy Social Canada's purchaser partnership options can offer a great way to showcase businesses that actively prioritize social procurement and contribute to the social and environmental wellbeing of their community.

If you're a business, you can examine your operations and supply chain, identifying opportunities to maximize social value through existing procurement decisions. If you’re a non-profit, then you are already in the business of creating social value. By buying from social enterprise suppliers you create an even greater social value.

There are a number of partnership levels to choose from and full details can be found on the Buy Social Canada website.
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Community Benefits at Work in Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project

This mid-point report from the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project, a major transport infrastructure build in Toronto, demonstrates the many employment, procurement and engagement opportunities available in large infrastructure projects.

At the time of publication, the project had hired over 100 apprentices and journeypersons from historically disadvantaged communities and equity-seeking groups.

Read The Full Report

National Examples: Halifax Council Gives Nod to New Procurement Policy

Halifax regional council passed a new, procurement policy last month that introduced social value considerations into their regional purchasing.

The new policy stipulated that the procurement branch and applicable departments “work together to include, where appropriate, social considerations in the evaluation criteria and/or contract requirements such as: fair wages, diversity of ownership, workforce and values, workforce development and training, social enterprise, community development and environmental responsibility".

Read The Full Article

Social Value Marketplace Podcast - The Way to a Marketplace Revolution

Episode 5 of Buy Social Canada's Social Value Marketplace podcast is now available.

This new episode features David LePage, Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada, as he reflects on his recent book launch for Marketplace Revolution - from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital, and discusses the economic possibilities of the Social Value Marketplace.

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