Buying with Purpose this Holiday Season

Buying with Purpose this Holiday Season

Many Canadians embrace the spirit of giving during the holiday season. Collectively, we donate about $5 billion to charities just in late November and December, making up almost 40% of donations received over the entire year (CBC News). But once we finish our Christmas shopping and the dust has settled, making a charitable donation can feel like more of a burden than a joy. What if there was a way to give back without spending an extra dollar?

The Manitoba Housing Story

The Manitoba Housing Story

Social procurement occurs in many formats and models, but most commonly it is achieved through adding a social value component to purchasing and procurement criteria and including a community benefit agreement within major development and infrastructure investments. This is one model of how social procurement leveraged social value through workforce integration in Manitoba.

How a social enterprise is supporting Canadian artists through social procurement

How a social enterprise is supporting Canadian artists through social procurement

One of the most important aspects of the Buy Social Canada mission is to support social enterprises’ capacity to create positive impacts that meet the unique needs of Canadian communities. Our certified supplier, Nations Creations, is the perfect example of how local social enterprises are uniquely positioned to address Canadian-specific needs.

Using Social Procurement to Redistribute the Benefits of Vancouver's Real Estate Boom

Using Social Procurement to Redistribute the Benefits of Vancouver's Real Estate Boom

It's well known that Vancouver's real estate boom has has brought with it affordability issues for many residents. But how can the economic gains of property development be redistributed to benefit all Vancouverites? This is where social procurement practices have the potential to make tangible impact on communities, specifically through Community Benefit Agreements (CBA).

Making the shift to social purchasing

Making the shift to social purchasing

It has never been a better time to use social purchasing to increase the 'value' of existing purchases in Canada.

Purchasing from social enterprise suppliers simplifies achieving a social impact outcome from your purchasing. Social enterprises are businesses with a social, environmental or cultural purpose, and they re-invest at least one-half of their profits back into their social purpose.

Exploring Social Procurement Report

This report examines an innovative market-based opportunity to create social impact through existing purchasing.

The recent Federal Budget recognized that government alone couldn’t solve the complex social issues facing our communities. We would add, that alone no single sector, not the private sector and not the non-profit sector, could solve our current complex social issues. Together though, blending business values and social impact objectives through social procurement offers some hope.

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HxBIA Joins Buy Social Canada - Signals New Opportunity for Social Value Purchasing

As the social enterprise sector grows across Canada, Buy Social Canada has emerged as a new organization to help identify and recognize social value and measure social impact with their certification program.

The Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HxBIA) is the first BIA in Canada to become a certified purchaser. They join a growing list of certified purchasers and suppliers across Canada.