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.
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 Certified Purchaser
Buy Social Canada’s third party certification 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 your community.
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.