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A 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 […]

Implementation, Introduction

Buy with Impact: Social Procurement in Canada 2022 Report

The progress of social procurement across Canada is unprecedented and encouraging. People and organizations are working together to add value to procurement in multiple ways; through Indigenous procurement, sustainable procurement, […]


Destination Vancouver Tourism, Hospitality and Events Social Procurement Survey and Report 2022

Buy Social Canada was contracted by Destination Vancouver to produce this survey and report, with the goal of identifying across Destination Vancouver’s membership the current number of organizations that identify […]

Implementation, Introduction

Guide to Social Procurement in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Every purchase has an economic, environmental, cultural and social impact, whether intended or not. Social procurement is about capturing those impacts and seeking to make intentional positive contributions to both […]

Implementation, Introduction

City of Calgary Social Procurement Case Study

This case study details the process Buy Social Canada took in collaboration with the City of Calgary to add social value considerations to their Sustainable, Environmental & Ethical Procurement Policy […]


Guide sur l’approvisionnement social

Ce guide présente brièvement la raison d’être de l’approvissionnement social au Canada, son objet et sa mise en œuvre. Il s’adresse à plusieurs auditoires : les organismes qui prennent les mesures […]


Social Enterprise Spotlight: Building Up (Video)

Video story about a certified social enterprise Building Up. They provide high quality work to customers, while providing long-term career pathways for motivated community members.


Community Benefit Agreement (Video)

Learn about a CBA (Community Benefit Agreement)


Marketplace Revolution by David LePage

It’s time to transcend the dogma and practices of extraction economics that result in social exclusion and income inequality. It’s time for social enterprise, social procurement, and social value finance […]

Implementation, Introduction

Supplier Guide to Social Procurement

The Supplier Guide flips the perspective of the existing demand-side Guide to Social Procurement to the supply-side. Following the social procurement user journey of Learn, Identify Opportunities, Discover, Respond and […]

Implementation, Introduction

Training: Procurement for Social Value Suppliers

Reach your procurement potential. At the end of this four-week, in-depth training you will finish the program with foundational tools to bid for contracts. Topics that will be covered include […]

Implementation, Introduction

Training: Storytelling for Social Value Suppliers

Become an impactful storyteller. This three-part, hands-on training will delve into the art and importance of storytelling through the unique lens of social value suppliers.


The History of Social Enterprise (Video)

Learn the dynamic history of how social enterprise came to be.


Social Enterprise Spotlight: Hives For Humanity (Video)

Hives for Humanity is a certified social enterprise in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. They create flexible opportunities that support at-risk populations of people and pollinators. Some of these activities […]


Social Enterprise Spotlight: Infiniguard (Video)

Infiniguard is a security company that operates as a social enterprise based in Regent Park. They provide Free training and high-wage employment to at-risk youth, women and new immigrants. InfiniGuard […]


Social Enterprise Spotlight: SmartICE (Video)

Video story about a certified social enterprise SmartICE. SmartICE is committed to positive change and social innovation in the northern communities they serve.


Social Enterprise Spotlight: Mother Earth Reycling (Video)

Video story about a certified social enterprise Mother Earth Recycling. MER is an Indigenous owned & operated social enterprise in Winnipeg. They provide meaningful training and employment opportunities with a […]


Social Enterprise Spotlight: Redemptive Developments (Video)

Video story about a certified social enterprise Redemptive Developments based in Alberta. They offer a diverse and growing social enterprise portfolio, which is constantly evolving.


Social Enterprise Spotlight: The Binners’ Project (Video)

Video story about a certified social enterprise The Binners’ Project. They offer a services that aim with; social inclusion, waste-diversion and economic development.


Social Procurement creates best value for COVID-19 recovery (Video)

COVID-19 has affected the marketplace in a big way, but how can social procurement be a solution to build back better?


Buy Social Canada Social Procurement Policy

This Policy confirms Buy Social Canada’s commitment to building community capital through our procurement of goods and services.


Downtown Eastside Social Enterprise Impact Report

Our survey of 40 social enterprises in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside documented $26.5m in sales with $18.4m in wages. These enterprises have created over 2800 jobs, with 55% of full-time and […]