News: Update posts

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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; […]