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May 2020 News & Updates

Procurement, Resilient Economies and COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted local economies, now and potentially into the future. Now more than ever, procurement has a key role to play in building resilient communities. Now is the time to skill up your staff team and develop your social and community benefit procurement strategy.

Watch the recent webinar and download the infosheet that outlines a 3-6 month plan forward. Next steps - register for May training (see below).

Register now for online training


Register for Social Procurement (SP) 101 (May 14), SP 201 (May 20) and SP 301 (May 27) online training sessions.

The Social Procurement series are designed to build capacity and common understanding for staff and council members, strategically align procurement to achieve community goals and implement your plan of action. 
  • SP 101 is an overview of social procurement, trade agreements and community priorities
  • SP 201 is development and implementation of social procurement policies, RFx bid documents and social value menu, focusing on goods and services
  • SP 301 is construction and infrastructure focused.
These sessions have been adapted into interactive online learning experiences and are accompanied by worksheets, tools and resources.

Register through the CCSPI website. All training sessions are free for CCSPI members when registering via the member portal and are offered on a fee for service basis for attendees outside the region.


May 7, 1:30-2:30 PM
Evaluation and Impact Measurement Member Meeting*

'What we measure shapes what we collectively strive to pursue...'

CCSPI members are invited to an online meeting to review and discuss the proposed impact measurement framework that will support a) collective measurement across our region, b) individual and community-based measurement, and c) connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Facilitated by Heather Hachigian from Royal Roads and Kristi Fairholm Mader, Scale Collaborative. 

RSVP through the member portal. *This is a CCSPI member-only session.


New resource - Buy Social Canada's Primer on Trade Agreements 

Buy Social Canada has put together an excellent primer entitled "Trade Agreements for Social Purchasing", providing a brief review of the key trade agreements that influence provincial and municipal procurement discretion, and how they affect social purchasing.

Resources, examples and templates

All CCSPI members have access to our library of great resources, examples and templates via the member area of the CCSPI website and we are always adding new materials.
Sign in here and click on the "Resources and Examples" option to access the Sync drive where you can find:
  • Social procurement examples
  • Templates and tools
  • Communications resources
  • Research and reports
Please contact Rob Fisher at if you need any assistance with your CCSPI member account or accessing any of the resources.

Article: What role should you take in social procurement?

After attending the Buy Social Canada virtual symposium earlier this month, Sean Barnes, Social Procurement Director at the The Ākina Foundation in New Zealand wrote about the different roles required in implementing social procurement. The article discusses the importance of collaboration and action as well as the opportunity to use different roles and influence to ensure that social procurement practices are positioned to strengthen local economies.

"...we need collaboration and action in a way where the respective parties are in the right roles, with the right responsibilities doing the right things..."

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