Social Procurement Training for Governments & Institutional Purchasers

CCSPI offers a variety of training sessions and subject-specific  webinars designed to help governments and institutional purchasers implement social procurement practices across their purchasing. All training is available free-of-charge to CCSPI member organizations through the membership portal.

COVID-19 Update

Please note: Due to health & safety considerations in response to COVID-19, until further notice, all upcoming training sessions will now be delivered online.

We appreciate your understanding during this time.

CCSPI Training Sessions

SP101 - An Introduction to Social Procurement

This training session provides a detailed introduction to social procurement.

The session is interactive and attendees will have opportunity to work through several exercises in groups as well as to examine case studies and examples.

By the end of the session attendees will have a solid understanding of the concept of social procurement and some of the potential opportunities to begin to implement these practices in their organization.

Next SP101 Session

October 8, 2020 - 10:30am PST - Non-member cost $200 CAD

SP201 - Implementing Social Procurement

This training session takes a basic understanding of social procurement to the next level and shows ways to begin to implement, measure and communicate social impact.

The session is interactive and attendees will have opportunity to work through several exercises in groups.

By the end of the session attendees will be able to connect procurement outcomes with achieving local social and community development goals.

Book An SP201 Session

This training is offered by request - please contact us for more information

SP 301 - Social Procurement Implementation for Construction Projects < $250K

Building on SP 101 & 201 training, this full day session focuses on goods and services, direct awards and construction projects valued at under $250K.

Participants will learn about methodologies for achieving local objectives through social procurement, bid criteria and evaluation processes, project monitoring and evaluation, spending thresholds and unbundling projects and more.

Next SP301 Session

Not currently scheduled - please check back soon

Training Resources & Guides

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.

Social Value Menu Templates

The newly updated Buy Social Canada Social Value Menu now has two new versions: Community Benefit Agreements and Community Employment Benefits.

Social procurement is evolving as a standard means to leverage a greater value from existing procurement of goods and services. Concurrently, with the emergence of Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs), and the Community Employment Benefit (CEB) initiative process, there is a need to have a framework and guidelines to support an added social value from major developments and construction projects.

The purpose of these documents is to help users design, evaluate and implement a social value into their procurement processes for goods and services or major infrastructure and developments.

Free Webinars

Procurement, Resilient Economies and COVID-19

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.

Good Practices, Verified and Amplified

Curious about living wage and other ‘social good’ certifications? 

This webinar provides an overview to key certifications like Living Wage, Buy Social, BCorp and Fair Trade, as both a way for local governments to identify social value suppliers as well as a way to incorporate these practices into their own operations.

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