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August 2020 News & Updates

New Webinar: Community Employment Benefits in Infrastructure Projects

October 6th at 13:00 pm PST - Offered At No Cost

We've teamed up with CCSPI delivery partner Buy Social Canada to offer another special webinar. Join Executive Director, Elizabeth Chick to learn more about how the new Social Value Menu – Community Employment Benefit Template can help design, evaluate and implement a social value into the procurement process for major infrastructure and construction projects.

Limited Giveaway: Attend the Social Enterprise World Forum for FREE

Buy Social Canada and Scale Collaborative would like to invite you to join us at the world's largest social enterprise conference, Social Enterprise World Forum and we have THREE FREE TICKETS to give away exclusively to CCSPI members!

The first three staff from CCSPI member communities to email CCSPI Project Coordinator, Rob Fisher before September 10 will be able to register for this fantastic event absolutely free of charge. 

With participants attending from over 50 countries, we are excited about this groundbreaking four-day global event.

Click here to check out Buy Social Canada’s conference program guide.

SP101 Online October - Register Now!

New to CCSPI? Register now for the next next SP101 online training session is scheduled for October 8th at 10:00 am PST

Join David LePage of Buy Social Canada for a 2 hour training session that provides a complete introduction to Social Procurement, including an overview of the best practices, policies and tools to advance social procurement within your local government and community.

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

Register Now

Social Value Matters 2020: Save 25%

Access this exclusive special 25% discount for Social Value Matters 2020 featuring CCSPI Co-Chairs, Mayor Lisa Helps and Mayor Josie Osorne!

The event features the session "Are the Dollars You Spend Supporting Your Local Economy?" which will discuss how local governments and other large purchasers who spend billions of dollars each year on goods, services and infrastructure can use this purchasing power to enable local employment, skills, business and provide multiple community benefits. 

Simply follow this link or use the promo code IPWsLgZ at registration to take advantage of the special discounted rate!

Register Now With 25% Off

Webinar Re-Cap - Social Procurement for COVID-19 Recovery

CCSPI members have access to a wealth of useful resources including pre-recorded webinars. This special webinar, presented by David LePage of Buy Social Canada and Rory Kulmala of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, outlines how social procurement approaches can support local COVID-19-related adaptation and recovery efforts.

Want to know more about how social procurement can play a role in COVID-19 recovery efforts? Check out our handy 2-page infosheet!

Article: Why Are Local Governments Paying Amazon to Destroy Main Street?

This timely article from Fortune explores how subsidies and tax breaks from cities and states, combined with Amazon’s devastating impact on local economies, is a recipe for disaster for local businesses, many of whom are struggling to survive the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read The Full Article

CCSPI Members In the News: qathet Regional District

qathet Regional District is back in the news again as their trial of social procurement moves ahead, ensuring community benefit is included in the development of a new resource-recovery centre.

“A new, important feature is this is the first qRD tendering process to go out that included our new social procurement policy.” - Mike Wall, Manager of Asset Management and Strategic Initiatives.
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Buy Social Canada Social Value Marketplace Workshops - Help Shape the Conversation

CCSPI delivery partner, Buy Social Canada is about to launch a new series of workshops where participants can learn how to shape a Social Value Marketplace by learning, connecting, co-creating and bringing their assets together to Build Back Better. During the planning phase they would like to invite CCSPI members to take part in one of two community engagement huddles to help shape and inform the workshop content.

Register today for the September 15 or September 29 free Community Huddle to help co-create the learning themes for the Social Value Marketplace Workshop Series.

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