To incubate a Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative for the Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast Region that supports local governments and First Nations in implementing social procurement.


All local governments and First Nations in Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities have access to advice to develop in-house tools and skills to implement social procurement.


To improve the health of our communities and the strength of our economies by changing the culture of public sector procurement.

Are the dollars you spend supporting your local economy?

On Vancouver Island, local governments and other large purchasers spend billions of dollars each year on goods, services and infrastructure projects. This purchasing power could open doors to employment, increase local training, support local businesses and provide multiple community benefits. Social procurement is legal, do-able and makes a meaningful difference.

Social procurement is a growing best practice that aligns procurement spend to provide added value and community benefits. The Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative (CCSPI) aims to take this best practice thinking and approach, and build a more resilient and more inclusive Vancouver Island and Coast.


Local governments in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region are embracing and implementing social procurement.

Standardized approach to social procurement across local government, while each community has the ability to create community-specific social value.

Procurement staff are trained in social procurement and have the ability to issue tenders and RFPs that result in community benefits.

Product and service suppliers are fully engaged, bidding on contracts, and responding to RFPs issued by local governments.

The provincial government is aware of, and supportive of CCSPI.

A robust monitoring and reporting framework is in place.

CCSPI is a long-term, sustainable initiative.

Interest is demonstrated by the wider Municipal, Academic Institutions, Schools and Hospitals (MASH) sector.

What Is Social Procurement?

Social procurement is an additional way that local governments and purchasers can direct resources towards community benefit. Since 2016, local coastal governments have been identifying ways to integrate social procurement principles and actions into their processes.

Why is Social Procurement Important?

Communities today are facing complex social, economic and environmental challenges. Every year, local governments across BC award contracts for goods and services with significant public funds. Social procurement focuses on ‘best value for money’ beyond just a financial transaction. It is becoming an increasingly expected practice that RFPs include local community and environmental impact assessments and goals, at all levels of government. Procurement becomes a tool for building healthy communities.

How Can Social Procurement Create Additional Value?

Social procurement can be adapted to meet specific community needs. Some communities have integrated into RFPs criteria such as employment of marginalized population groups, local food, housing affordability, community engagement, local economic revitalization, beautification and cultural amenities. The first step is identifying what your community’s challenges and needs are, and how procurement can help address them.

Social Procurement In Action

These local case studies from CCSPI member communities provide great ideas for how to begin implementing social procurement. They also discuss important outcomes and lessons learned throughout each process.

Comox Valley RD: Keeping It Simple

Learn how community employment benefits were achieved in a large construction project.

City of Victoria: Small Spends for Community Benefit

The City of Victoria is using p-card spend as a first step to integrating social value.

Tofino: Unbundling for Local Benefit

Unbundling a large streetscape revitalization contract to include local vendors.

Port Hardy: Test Driving Community Value

Recreation centre upgrades address community and environmental needs.

City Of Victoria: Those Five Points Matter

The City of Victoria piloted social value criteria in a Request for Proposals for public waste bins.

CCSPI members have engaged in training of staff and vendors; accessed region-specific tools, templates and consultation to adopt social procurement practices; and have launched over 50 initial pilot projects- totalling over $200 million in social procurement spend. Next steps include launching comprehensive vendor training and support, opening up the membership to other purchasers, and collectively measuring and evaluating impact.

CCSPI Governance

CCSPI is governed by a steering committee made up of elected officials and staff at which all local government members are invited to sit.
The steering committee meets quarterly and oversees the work of the initiative. Quarterly steering committee reports are available to all members via the CCSPI member portal. 

CCSPI Project Delivery Team


Participating Governments & Organizations

Get In Touch

For more information about CCSPI or to schedule services,
please contact Robert Fisher, Project Coordinator at rfisher@scalecollaborative.ca

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