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October 2020 News & Updates

New Local Story: Comox Valley Regional District - Keeping It Simple

Local Story - Comox Valley RD

“Keep the procurement as simple as possible while striking a balance between achieving your organizational goals with what the marketplace has the capacity to offer.” - Scott Hainsworth, Comox Valley Regional District

Check out the latest local story from CCSPI member, Comox Valley Regional District. This case study discusses how a major project for a new wastewater treatment plant became a great opportunity to incorporate social procurement concepts that included maximized employment, skills training and apprenticeship opportunities for local disadvantaged, equity seeking and marginalized individuals.

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Webinar: Community Employment Benefits in Action - Infrastructure Projects

Watch this special new webinar session where Buy Social Canada Executive Director, Elizabeth Chick discusses how the new Social Value Menu - Community Employment Benefit template can help design, evaluate and implement social value into procurement processes for major infrastructure and construction projects.
Access the New Social Value Menu Templates

Fall Training: Register Now for SP301

SP 301 - October 26, 2020 @ 10am PST 
Register now for SP301 online. This session is intended for those with an existing understanding of social procurement concepts who want to learn more about more specific implementation opportunities, particularly in construction projects valued at under $250,000. Contract “unbundling” as a way to create opportunities for local contractors within larger projects is also covered.

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

CCSPI Members Register Here
Non-Members Register Here

South Island Rising Economy Taskforce Committee Recommends Municipalities in the Region Join CCSPI

Social procurement and CCSPI were mentioned in five recommendations from the South Island Prosperity Partnership's Rising Economy Taskforce Committee reports
The Inclusive Economy and Real Estate, Development & Construction committees both made recommendations for the adoption of social procurement practices. The Retail, Services and Restaurant committee recommended that all municipalities on the South Island make immediate efforts to join the Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative (CCSPI) and adopt the policies put forth by CCSPI and Buy Social Canada.
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Social Procurement News & Resources

Social Procurement Examples: York University's Social Procurement Policy

York University's social procurement policy aims to increase the number of employment, apprenticeship and training opportunities for people from the University’s local neighborhoods, other equity-seeking communities, and Aboriginal Peoples, and to broaden York’s supply chain by providing diverse vendors with equitable access to tender opportunities to foster inclusive economic growth.

Much like CCSPI's RFI process, York University has also instituted a system for suppliers to register as diverse vendors or social enterprises, a great example oif how using an RFI process can pre-qualify vendors and suppliers for social procurement.

Want to pre-qualify local social purpose vendors in your community? CCSPI members have access to an RFI template as well as accompanying vendor training sessions delivered by our team - access the template in the member area and contact Rob Fisher if you would like to arrange a vendor training session.

Read York University's Procurement Policy

CCSPI Featured In New Report from the Federal Office of the Procurement Ombudsman

"The Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative (CCSPI) is a notable example of how collaborating with others can propel the proliferation of social procurement. By developing a learning hub to share best practices and develop training materials, CCSPI has created a network of local governments that can each learn and navigate the challenges together."
CCSPI has been featured in a new report from the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman entitled, "Social procurement: A study on supplier diversity and workforce development benefits". Joining an initiative like CCSPI was listed as a key success factor for organizations seeking to implement a social procurement program.
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