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 August 2019 

Recent Highlights

Since March, member governments have participated in CCSPI webinars and Social Procurement 101 training. We received great feedback, and have been scheduling Fall 2019 training sessions: webinars, Social Procurement 101 and 201 are being hosted across the region. We encourage every member to participate in the training opportunities. Much is evolving in the field of social procurement and the training provides an opportunity to stay on top of and implement these best practices, as well as learn what others are doing. 

And check out CCSPI in the latest ICET report,
page 30. Thanks to ICET for all the support and what a great article!

Welcome to New Members

CCSPI would like to welcome the latest member: Sunshine Coast Regional District. The membership keeps on growing, bringing the total up to 18 members. Welcome SCRD, glad you could join!

Upcoming Training

Social Procurement 101

Social Procurement 101 provides an overview of what social procurement is and isn’t, best practices, case examples, and the tools and templates local governments can use to design and implement a practice for community benefit. Sessions will be held around the region- thanks for all the hosts!

Social Procurement 201

For communities that have taken SP 101 or are already implementing social procurement, SP 201 is the next step. SP 201 will delve deeper into social procurement policies (development, review and best practices), building a social value menu, aligning to strategic plans, and identifying 3 initial pilots to implement. At the end of SP 201, participants will have a plan for testing and piloting social procurement in your community. 
Sessions will be held around the region- thanks to all the hosts!

Upcoming Webinars


September 18 - Local Case Example on Social Procurement Policy

Daniel Sailand from Qualicum Beach and Larry Berglund will be co-hosting a 1 hour webinar on ‘Developing a Social Procurement Policy’, and diving into Qualicum Beach’s experience and process in developing their policy, and resulting outcomes.

October 2 - Trade Agreements and Social Procurement:
What you can and cannot do.

Larry Berglund and Elizabeth Chick from the Buy Social Council will provide a deeper dive into trade agreements and the implications for social procurement implementation.
10:00AM - 11:00 AM

Supplier Info-Sessions


As social procurement practices are piloted, it is important that local suppliers are informed of what social procurement is and what it means for them. CCSPI is scheduling supplier training around the region. Please contact us to schedule these information sessions:


Session 1:
Social Procurement for Non Profits and Charities

Local governments are implementing social procurement policies and practices that will provide revenue opportunities for non-profits and charities. This session will describe what social procurement is and is not, what the opportunity will be on Vancouver Island, and how non-profits and charities can prepare for bidding on upcoming contracts and/or partnering with local businesses. This session is best suited to non-profits that already provide a good or service, operate a social enterprise and/or provide employment supports for people who face barriers to employment.

Facilitated by Kristi Fairholm Mader
Free for all


Session 2:
Social Procurement for Local Suppliers

All levels of governments are increasingly integrating social procurement into their bid requirements. This session will share what businesses can expect, share stories and examples of how social procurement is being implemented, and outline upcoming opportunities. This session 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.

Facilitated by Kristi Fairholm Mader
Free for all

Presentations to Councils


CCSPI is available for presentations to councils, upon request. The presentation will be 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.


Impact Measurement Working Group


There are various tools and ways to measure impact of social procurement projects. We are requesting participants for an Impact Measurement Working Group to help with crafting a template that can be utilized across the region. Please contact Kristi by September 6 if you’d like to participate. We will meet 2-3 times over zoom during the Fall. 


Economic Multiplier Effect Research 


There is an upcoming study on local economic multiplier effects that LOCO BC is doing in partnership with Civic Economics. Amy Robinson is taking the lead, and looking for communities that would like to participate. She only has room for a couple of additional communities, so if interested, we recommend connecting with her quickly. 
Click here for more information on the study. Contact Amy directly at if you are interested. 

Myth Busters and FAQs


Social procurement is not just about procurement from social enterprises. Although purchasing from social enterprises means that impact is already integrated into the business, social procurement is about rewarding and valuing positive social impact however it is being delivered.

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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