Why Join CCSPI

Social procurement is becoming a best practice for purchasers. CCSPI membership provides access to expert advice, tools and resources that can help organizations to implement these practices.

Local governments, First Nations, educational institutions, hospitals and other institutional purchasers on Vancouver Island purchase over $1.5 billion of goods and services each year. These institutions are exploring how and/or taking steps to align their broader policy objectives with their spending to achieve better value for money.

Purchasing goods and services from local businesses with social values, social enterprises and social purpose organizations can create immediate and measurable large scale community impact.

Members Have Access To:

  • Professional development and training
  • Templates, resources & examples
  • Pre-recorded topic-specific webinars
  • Expert consultation and review
  • Impact measurement and evaluation tools
  • Communications and engagement resources
  • Networking and community engagement

CCSPI is supported through funding and membership fees. Membership fees are based on community population size for local governments and First Nations, or annual spend for institutional purchasers.

Membership Fees

Local Governments and First Nations

The annual membership cost for a local government to join CCSPI is equal to AVICC dues. The membership cost for First Nations to participate is $100.


Local governments and First Nations interested in becoming a member of CCSPI should contact Councillor Colleen Evans

Anchor Institutions & Purchasers

The fee structure for institutional purchasers such as post-secondaries or crown corporations is based on annual spend:

Under $5M = $1000
Under $10M = $1500
$10-$50M = $2,500
Over $50M = $3,500
Over $100M = $5,000

Please contact us for more information.

Other Resources for Organizations

Sign Up For a Training Session

CCSPI offers a variety of training opportunities from introductory sessions to more in-depth learning and non-members are welcome to participate at cost.

Organization-specific training is also available for institutional purchasers, local chambers and economic development organizations. If you are interested in hosting training for your team to learn more about social procurement please contact us.

Become a Buy Social Purchasing Partner

Buy Social Canada’s Purchasing Partners program recognizes your organization as a verified social purchaser, and enhances your marketing potential as a business that actively prioritizes social procurement and contributes to the social and environmental wellbeing of communities.

Guide to Social Procurement

This guidebook is an introduction to the why, what, and how of social procurement in Canada. It was developed by Buy Social Canada for several audiences: organizations taking the necessary steps towards social procurement implementation; others considering whether to or how to integrate social value into their current procurement practices; or simply those curious about social procurement more generally.

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