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Event RecapNov 30th, 2021

BCSPI Purchasing Power Recap: How can social procurement increase food security?

British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) brings together local governments and institutions to develop and grow social procurement policies and practices. BCSPI is supported by Buy Social Canada, Scale Collaborative, […]

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UpdateNov 25th, 2021

Social procurement perceptions range from extortion to essential

At Buy Social Canada, we are always talking about social procurement. Recently we’ve been conducting interviews to assess the current understanding of social procurement across government, business, and social enterprise […]

Event RecapNov 23rd, 2021

BCSPI Purchasing Power Recap: How can social procurement support my local economy?

British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) brings together local governments and institutions to develop and grow social procurement policies and practices. BCSPI is supported by Buy Social Canada, Scale Collaborative, […]

UpdateNov 16th, 2021

#GiftSocial this holiday season

As you reflect on the holidays and what they entail this year, consider a gift that creates community capital! From chocolate, candles, furniture, clothing, jewelry and crafts, there are social enterprises that […]

Event RecapNov 8th, 2021

BCSPI Purchasing Power Recap: How can social procurement engage Indigenous businesses?

British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) brings together local governments and institutions to develop and grow social procurement policies and practices. BCSPI is supported by Buy Social Canada, Scale Collaborative, […]

UpdateNov 2nd, 2021

November 2021 Newsletter

Read our November newsletter to share ideas for our Symposium next Spring, and learn more about upcoming events and other social procurement news. Read the newsletter here, and subscribe to stay up […]

VideoOct 13th, 2021

Creating change through social procurement with SAP’s Stephen Young

We sat down to chat with Stephen Young, SAP’s Global Lead for Procurement with Purpose, to talk about what he’s up to at SAP. They are working on how to […]

UpdateOct 6th, 2021

October 2021 Newsletter

Read our October newsletter to learn more about upcoming webinars and events, and other social procurement news and Buy Social Canada updates. Read the newsletter here, and subscribe to stay up to […]

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UpdateSep 27th, 2021

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and City of Calgary pass social procurement unanimously

Community engagement, shared learning and iteration key to program development and policy success. The week of September 13th, the City of Calgary and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, two […]

UpdateSep 9th, 2021

September 2021 Newsletter

Read our September newsletter to learn more about upcoming training courses, and other social procurement news and Buy Social Canada updates. Read the newsletter here, and subscribe to stay up to date.

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UpdateAug 25th, 2021

Buy Social Canada: Proud Living Wage Employer

Buy Social Canada is proud to be a certified living wage employer in both BC and Ontario. We believe everyone has the right to fair wages and a good quality […]

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UpdateAug 10th, 2021

August 2021 Newsletter

Read our August newsletter for the latest in social procurement news and Buy Social Canada updates. Read the newsletter here, and subscribe to stay up to date.

UpdateJul 20th, 2021

Exploring Community Wealth Building Through Social Procurement in Ontario — Final Report

Throughout Ontario, social procurement is contributing towards the creation of inclusive, vibrant and healthy communities. This report recaps a five-part knowledge series that examined the Ontario social procurement ecosystem – social enterprises as suppliers, social […]

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UpdateJul 7th, 2021

July 2021 Newsletter

Take a look at our July newsletter for the latest in social procurement news and Buy Social Canada updates. Read the newsletter here, and subscribe to stay up to date.

UpdateJun 23rd, 2021

Welcome Green Shield Canada, the newest Certified Social Enterprise

Buy Social Canada is excited to announce the latest Certified Social Enterprise, Green Shield Canada. Green Shield Canada was founded in 1957 as a non-profit with a mission to make […]

UpdateJun 16th, 2021

Social procurement grows across British Columbia municipalities with the expansion of CCSPI

Buy Social Canada, Scale Collaborative, Presentation Plus and Vancouver Island Construction Association to provide education, consulting and support for community-focused purchasing Social procurement is a powerful tool to help achieve […]

UpdateJun 4th, 2021

June 2021 newsletter

Here’s the latest in social enterprise and social procurement news From the Buy Social Canada team We are deeply saddened by the ongoing trauma that has been highlighted by the deaths […]

UpdateMay 31st, 2021

PCL contracts Buy Social Canada to assist with St Paul’s Hospital Community Benefit Agreement implementation

Buy Social Canada is proud to announce that we have been selected by PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. as their independent Third Party Monitor contractor, to support them in meeting the […]

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StoriesMay 25th, 2021

Social Procurement Today and Tomorrow: A recap of the Buy Social Canada Symposium 2021

“My dream is that we level the playing field to a point that all procurement is social procurement” – Eduardo Gomez, Manager of Procurement Transformation at the City of Calgary, […]

Chandos Construction is a purpose business committed to social procurement as a powerful tool to shape healthy communities and create impact. This includes diversity in their supply chain and hiring as pictured by the female construction worker in the image.

UpdateMay 18th, 2021

Purpose businesses buy with impact

You didn’t make good choices. You had good choices – Celeste Ng We all face challenges. But there are many people in our communities who don’t have good choices to […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Who is Buy Social Canada?

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PodcastAug 5th, 2020

Social Value Marketplace Podcast: Episode 5 with David LePage

David LePage, managing partner of Buy Social Canada, has just written and released a new book, Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital. In this well-timed and pioneering work, […]

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PodcastAug 4th, 2020

Social Value Marketplace Podcast: Episode 4 with Martin Loosemore

Martin Loosemore is Professor of Construction Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He has published 10 books and over 300 internationally refereed articles in the areas of risk […]

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PodcastJul 31st, 2020

Social Value Marketplace Podcast: Episode 3 with Tim Coldwell, Chandos

Chandos Construction is a 100 percent employee owned, 40-year-old construction firm operating in cities across Canada. It is also a Certified B Corporation and a leader in social hiring and […]

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PodcastJul 29th, 2020

Social Value Marketplace Podcast: Episode 2 with Stephen Young, SAP

All of government, business, institutions, and non-profit organizations are purchasers. Every purchase they make has economic, environmental, and social value-creation power. Social procurement leverages their existing purchasing for social value. […]

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PodcastJul 28th, 2020

Social Value Marketplace Podcast: Episode 1 with Nancy Neamtan

For over three decades Nancy Neamtan has been on the frontlines of the social economy movement in Quebec. Nancy served as CEO of Chantier de l’économie sociale from 1996 to […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

What is Social Procurement?

VideoApr 26th, 2021

What is Social Enterprise?

UpdateMar 31st, 2021

Social Value Menu for Goods and Services

The latest in the Social Value Menu series features templates for social procurement implementation for goods and services. This Social Value Menu will help you design, evaluate and implement the […]

UpdateMar 29th, 2021

East Van Roasters Ready for Easter and a New Business Model

East Van Roasters is moving to a Community Contribution Company (CCC) business model East Van Roasters is a Buy Social Canada certified social enterprise. For eight years has operated a café […]

UpdateMar 24th, 2021

Guide to Social Procurement in Construction and Infrastructure Projects

Just released, a new tool to apply social procurement to various construction models. In the Guide to Social Procurement in Construction and Infrastructure Projects we outline a path to increase […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Social Enterprise Spotlight: Hives For Humanity

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 […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Social Enterprise Spotlight: Infiniguard

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 […]

UpdateMar 16th, 2021

Social Procurement Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2021 Social Procurement Champion Award Winners – Featuring a municipal purchaser, social value suppliers and community advocates from across Canada Join us on April 26, 2021 at […]

UpdateMar 2nd, 2021

Downtown Eastside Social Enterprise Impact Report 2020

The 28 social enterprises surveyed were all impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Some closed for good while others pivoted and prospered This year has revealed the ability for the social […]

UpdateJan 4th, 2021

Social Procurement in 2021: Unprecedented potential for a paradigm shift

As we enter 2021, we find ourselves facing the unprecedented potential of a procurement paradigm shift. Can we move social procurement from the exploration phase to a place of widespread […]

UpdateDec 18th, 2020

Recommendations for City of Vancouver Budget 2021

Enhance and Amplify Implementation of COV Existing Social Procurement Policy. Outcomes: Enhance Community Value Created from Existing Budget Spending Maximize the Re-investment of Vancouver Taxes back into Vancouver’s Local Economy […]

UpdateNov 24th, 2020

COVID Spending & Social Procurement

The government has had to spend into incredible debt amounts to respond to the crisis. A question on many people’s mind is “how will we recover from the debt and […]

UpdateNov 19th, 2020

New – Supplier Guide to Social Procurement

Learn how social enterprises and other social value suppliers can find and access social procurement opportunities. The Supplier Guide to Social Procurement is designed to support social value suppliers to […]

UpdateOct 28th, 2020

Talking about a Marketplace Revolution: Audiobook available now

The journey of self-publishing Marketplace Revolution by David LePage has been dynamic and diverse. The most recent leg of the journey was kicked off when a colleague who is blind […]

Event RecapOct 23rd, 2020

The art of ‘stelling’ in the Social Value Marketplace–Reflections on Workshop 1

On October 20th we began the first workshop of Buy Social Canada’s Social Value Marketplace series. The series is a continuation of the work outlined in ‘Marketplace Revolution’ by David LePage. Our goal is to put […]

UpdateOct 9th, 2020

Buy Social Canada Pledge welcomes founding corporate partners SAP and Chandos Construction

The Buy Social Canada Pledge invites private companies and public entities to make the commitment to work toward a goal of percentage spend with social enterprises. The collective effort of […]

UpdateAug 25th, 2020

Institutions and Social Procurement – Anchoring Community through Purchasing

An anchor institution grounds a community through both relationships and its physical presence. As a public-facing or public-serving institution with a fixed location, there is an innate connection to the […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Exploring Community Benefit Agreements (CBA)

This video explores the key elements of Community Benefit Agreement best practices with industry leaderes, Chandos Construction and City of Surrey.

UpdateJul 16th, 2020

Stronger Together – Solidarity Statement

A collaborative partnership of network leaders in social innovation, social finance, the social economy, and community economic development across Canada, including Buy Social Canada, have come together to provide this […]

StoriesJun 25th, 2020

Marketplace Revolution Release!

David LePage’s new book offers a vision for our future economies. “As we approach a Social Value Marketplace, we will unleash the transformative socio-economic power of the market, not merely […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Social Enterprise Spotlight: SmartICE

SmartICE “For Inuit, By Inuit” SmartICE is committed to positive change and social innovation in the northern communities they serve. By using the climate change adaption tools of SmartICE technology […]

UpdateMay 26th, 2020

New Tools for Community Employment Benefit and Community Benefit Agreement Implementation

Just released, the updated Buy Social Canada Social Value Menu now has two new versions: Community Benefit Agreements and Community Employment Benefits. Both are available for free to download now. […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Social Enterprise Spotlight: Redemptive Developments

Redemptive Developments is an Alberta based social Enterprise, whose mission is to achieve social GOOD by establishing sustainable social enterprise. They offer a diverse and growing social enterprise portfolio, which […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Social Enterprise Spotlight: Mother Earth Reycling

Mother Earth Recycling is an Indigenous owned & operated social enterprise in Winnipeg with a mission to provide meaningful training and employment opportunities with a commitment to environmental sustainability.

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Social Enterprise Spotlight: The Binners’ Project

Binners’ Project offers fee-for-service waste sorting programs to help you achieve the triple benefit of: Social Inclusion – Binners feel connected to the wider community while building job skills, routine, […]

UpdateMay 25th, 2020

Community Economic Development for COVID-19 Recovery in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

We are encouraging the City of Vancouver to continue working with community partners to enhance existing and established policy and programs as a means to support the next steps in […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Social Enterprise Spotlight: Building Up

Building Up is a Social Enterprise construction contractor that delivers high quality work to customers, while providing long-term career pathways for motivated community members https://www.buildingup.ca/

VideoApr 26th, 2021

Social Procurement creates best value for COVID-19 recovery

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

UpdateApr 6th, 2020

Community Benefit Agreements: the Vancouver Policy

When we walk through our neighbourhoods how many different types of buildings do we see? Houses, Shops, Restaurants, Schools, Hospitals? All of these buildings are more than just physical infrastructure; […]

VideoApr 26th, 2021

History of Social Enterprise

Explore the history of social procurement with industry pioneer, David LePage.