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January 2021 News & Updates

Happy New Year 2021 And Welcome To Our New Members

Happy New Year to All Our Members And Subscribers!

2020 has been a challenging year for many and, although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our communities, it is extremely encouraging to see how CCSPI members are using social procurement to help support and rebuild their economies and create community impact across the region.

This month we are very pleased to welcome our new members. the District of Sechelt, District of Sooke and District of Squamish to CCSPI, and look forward to supporting them and our other members in implementing social procurement practices in their existing purchasing.

Upcoming CCSPI Training

SP101 Online - Introduction to Social Procurement

February 11 and March 11, 2021

This session provides a great opportunity to get a complete introduction to the concepts of social procurement, and how these practices can help create local community benefits that align with strategic planning and community goals. A great opportunity for new staff, board members and councillors to get an overview of what's possible.

SP301 Online - Social Procurement Implementation In Construction Projects

February 25, 2021

This session is intended for those with a good existing understanding of social procurement concepts who want to learn more about more specific implementation opportunities, particularly in construction projects. Contract “unbundling” as a way to create opportunities for local contractors within larger projects is also covered.

CCSPI Members Register Here
Non-Members Register Here

February Community of Practice

CCSPI Members: Join us for the next CCSPI Community of Practice call on February 1 at 2pm

Community of practice calls are held bi-monthly for procurement and economic development staff from CCSPI members across the region to connect, share knowledge and discuss social procurement challenges and successes.

For our February call, we are pleased to welcome Daniel Sailland, Chief Administrative Officer at the Town of Qualicum Beach as guest speaker. Daniel will discuss how Qualicum Beach has implemented social procurement practices into their purchasing and the challenges and successes of the process. 

CCSPI Members can can add these calls to their calendar  by signing in to the CCSPI member area and clicking on the Community of Practice icon.

Learn More About the Impact Measurement Framework

Want to find out more about the impact measurement framework that is currently being developed by CCSPI and Royal Roads University for CCSPI members? Check out this recording from our recent webinar that dives into some of the measurement concepts.

Full-Service Policy Development Package for CCSPI Members

In addition to existing procurement policy templates and examples (see below resources section), CCSPI members now have the option to access a “one-stop-shop”  service in order to completely re-develop their procurement policy with integrated social value. This complete policy development service is offered by Presentations Plus Training & Consulting, a CCSPI service delivery partner.

Please note, this service is separate from the annual consulting hours included in CCSPI membership and is offered at an additional cost.

CCSPI members can learn more about this additional service on the member homepage of the CCSPI website.

Social Procurement News & Resources

Article: BUILDEX panel calls for Canadian procurement to evolve past price

This article from ConstructConnect Canada discusses the results of a panel discussion at the most recent BUILDEX conference in Alberta about procurement across the Canadian construction sector.

Read the Full Article

Member Resource: Social Procurement Policy Template & Guide

CCSPI members seeking to update their procurement policy to include social procurement can utilize our comprehensive policy template and accompanying policy guide. Both are available in fillable MSWord format so that members can tailor them to meet organizational requirements. Once members have a working draft, they can also use member consulting hours to work with the CCSPI team to review and finalize policy documents.

CCSPI members can access these templates from the online resources section of the CCSPI member area under "Social Procurement Templates & Guides".

Did you know that CCSPI can also provide an accompanying training session to help your staff familiarize themselves with a new procurement policy? - ask us how.

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