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October 2019 

Welcome to New Members - Sayward

This October, a new member joined the CCSPI network: Welcome Sayward! This brings the total membership to 20.


Upcoming Training- Have you registered?!


There are trainings scheduled across the Vancouver Island and the Coast-- you are welcome to attend any of these sessions. Some people have attended the same one twice! One of the key benefits of being a CCSPI member is professional development training for government staff and council members- the more the merrier! Register now to secure your spot!
  • October 16: Social Procurement and Local Suppliers- Victoria
  • October 30: Social Procurement 201- Nanaimo

  • November 1: Social Procurement 201- Tofino

  • November 14: Preparing for Social Procurement for SMEs and Social Enterprises - Nanaimo

  • November 15- Social Procurement 201- Campbell River

  • January 21- Preparing for Social Procurement for SMEs- Duncan


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. This full day session recommends some pre-work in order to get the best value from the day. In preparation, please do the following:

  • If you have one, bring a copy of or have access to your social procurement policy
  • Have access to your community/government strategic plan, strategic priorities 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.


Presentations to Council



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.

New Resource! Social Procurement Guide for Construction-related Projects

The CCSPI team developed guidelines for use by suppliers and buyers of construction-related services which include Social Procurement actions and objectives. This guide will be applicable to projects directly involving procurement staff throughout the process. A positive outcome would be that application of social procurement becomes the norm in the marketplace.

Access the resource here


Recent Webinar: Trade Agreement and Social Procurement

Missed the most recent webinar on Trade Agreements and Social Procurement? All webinars are saved and accessible to members through the membership portal and sync drive. Watch the most recent presentation;

Trade Agreement and Social Procurement Webinar.

Myth Busters and FAQs

Who defines ‘local’?

With social procurement, when we talk ‘local’ we are talking about connecting procurement to local needs and community well-being. Each community, or municipality, defines ‘local’ for their specific community. What are your social and economic priorities? What are your local economic development goals? Defining your local community goals and priorities is a key step in developing a social procurement policy, because success is achieved when we use existing purchasing to achieve locally defined goals.

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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