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UpdateJun 14th, 2024

Webinar recap – Net-Zero Procurement: How to engage suppliers in the race to net-zero

Buy Social Canada recently hosted a Net-Zero Procurement webinar, with special guest speaker Bob Willard. Bob is the founder of Sustainability Advantage, a Buy Social Canada Community Champion, and a […]

UpdateJun 13th, 2024

Canada’s first social procurement consulting company celebrates 10 years of championing economic and social impact

Since 2014, Buy Social Canada has helped corporations and governments realize the power of purchasing to deliver social outcomes. Vancouver, June 13, 2024 – Buy Social Canada, a national social […]

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UpdateMay 24th, 2024

In Memoriam: David LePage

In the opening pages of ‘Marketplace Revolution’ David LePage invites the reader to join him on a journey. When you worked or spent time with David it was a journey […]

UpdateMay 23rd, 2024

Event Recap from Marketplace Impact: Social Procurement in Action

Marketplace Impact: Social Procurement in Action shared social procurement implementation best practices and innovation while nurturing conversation between engaged purchasers, suppliers, and community members across Canada. Participants engaged in community […]

UpdateMay 7th, 2024

Social Procurement Champion Award winners take action for impact

This year the Buy Social Canada Social Procurement Champion Awards recognize organizations who are taking real strides forward to get things done in the social procurement ecosystem – either through […]

UpdateApr 30th, 2024

Event Agenda for Marketplace Impact: Social Procurement in Action

Join Buy Social Canada on May 16, 2024 as we share the latest best practices for social procurement implementation at Marketplace Impact: Social Procurement in Action. This event will focus […]

UpdateApr 15th, 2024

BCSPI Webinar Recap: Lessons Learned Supporting Local Governments to Adopt Social Procurement

British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) brings together local governments and institutions to develop and grow social procurement policies and practices. Buy Social Canada manages BCSPI. British Columbia Social Procurement […]

UpdateFeb 6th, 2024

Celebrating David LePage’s Career and Retirement

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Vancouver and online to celebrate David LePage as he steps into a new role: retirement. It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to David […]

AdvocacyJan 18th, 2024

From 0.1% to 10% in 10 years: Social Enterprise Council of Canada and Buy Social Canada call for BDC Support for Social Enterprise to Grow

Within a supportive environment for the development and success of any business, including social enterprises, there are critical pillars of support that are needed for success. Two of these pillars […]

AdvocacyJan 9th, 2024

Social value isn’t just nice, it’s necessary: The marketplace revolution in 2024 and beyond

In 2023 we saw continued momentum for social procurement and social enterprise growth, implementation, and capacity-building. Governments, corporations, and community intermediaries are championing social value in procurement as they recognize […]

AdvocacyDec 27th, 2023

City of Vancouver CBA Policy boosts construction sector impact on local projects

City of Vancouver’s CBA Policy is currently applied to several construction projects which are creating inclusive jobs and keeping money in the community. Vancouver, December 27, 2023 – Construction projects […]

UpdateDec 19th, 2023

Job Posting: Social Procurement Coordinator

Title: Social Procurement Coordinator $55,000 – $60,000 annual salary Every purchase has an economic, environmental, cultural and social impact. The collective effort of leveraging social value from purchasing has a powerful […]

UpdateDec 5th, 2023

Embed data collection to improve social procurement measurement and reporting

Buy Social Canada encourages all purchasers to report on their social procurement spend and progress. However in our 2022 Buy with Impact report, none of the purchasers we surveyed had […]

NewsletterDec 5th, 2023

December 2023 Newsletter

The December newsletter includes information on our 2023 #GiftSocial Campaign, how to start the new year as an Engage Member, upcoming trainings and events, and examples and stories from the […]

AdvocacyDec 4th, 2023

The Social Economy Ecosystem calls on the Federal Government to continue support for Social Innovation and Social Finance

The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a Government of Canada grants and contributions program designed to support social purpose organizations (SPO’s) to contribute to solving pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges across […]

NewsletterNov 7th, 2023

November 2023 Newsletter

Our November newsletter includes information on upcoming trainings for purchasers and social enterprises, reflections on recent events, and updates about the growing social enterprise and social procurement marketplace. Read the […]

UpdateNov 1st, 2023

It’s time to #GiftSocial and give back to community

As the holiday season approaches, consider purchasing from a Certified Social Enterprise to give gifts that give back to community. When you #GiftSocial and buy from a social enterprise, you’re […]

UpdateOct 23rd, 2023

Busting Social Procurement Myths

There are several common myths about social procurement that aren’t true. Here are the facts: Myth: Trade agreements don’t allow for social procurement.  Fact: Trade agreements have parameters to work […]

UpdateOct 11th, 2023

Job Posting: Social Procurement Consultant

Note: This job posting has been filled. Title: Social Procurement Consultant $60,000 – $80,000 annual salary Deadline to apply: November 1, 2023 Every purchase has an economic, environmental, cultural and […]

NewsletterOct 3rd, 2023

October 2023 Newsletter

Our October newsletter includes new social enterprise research, Marketplace Impact event recap, upcoming events and training, and more updates from the social procurement and social enterprise ecosystem. Read the newsletter […]

AdvocacySep 28th, 2023

Is the Social Finance Fund the inclusive solution?

The recently announced Social Finance Fund (SFF) is intended to meet a critical gap in access to finance for social purpose organizations. “The SFF will support charities, non-profits, social enterprises, […]

UpdateSep 27th, 2023

New social enterprise research: $4 billion in annual revenue plus stories of impact prove social enterprise is an economic force for good

Social enterprises across Canada tackle complex social challenges while operating successful businesses and reinvesting profits into community, a new report from Buy Social Canada shows. Vancouver, September 19, 2023 – […]

UpdateSep 26th, 2023

Event recap from Marketplace Impact: Social Enterprise Research and Stories

Marketplace Impact: Social Enterprise Research and Stories successfully shared insights on social enterprise while nurturing conversation between engaged community members, purchasers and suppliers from across Canada. Participants engaged in community […]

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NewsletterSep 13th, 2023

September 2023 Newsletter

Our September newsletter includes registration info for the upcoming Marketplace Impact: Social Enterprise Research and Stories event, several new resources and blog posts, upcoming events and training, and updates from […]

UpdateSep 5th, 2023

Event Agenda for Marketplace Impact: Social Enterprise Research and Stories

Join Buy Social Canada on September 19, 2023 as we share research, stories, and progress of social enterprise across the country at Marketplace Impact: Social Enterprise Research and Stories. This […]

UpdateAug 29th, 2023

How to Connect Social Goals, Budget Restraints and Social Procurement

The Social Value Questionnaire: A Key Tool for Social Procurement Implementation Every purchase has an economic, social, cultural, and environmental impact. Social procurement is the intentional use of existing purchasing […]

NewsletterAug 1st, 2023

August 2023 Newsletter

Our August newsletter includes registration info for the upcoming Marketplace Impact: Social Enterprise Research and Stories event, an announcement about changes to Buy Social Canada leadership, and information and inspiration […]

UpdateJul 31st, 2023

Canada’s new Modern Slavery Act is an extension of good social procurement practices

Canada’s Federal Government is introducing measures to tackle modern slavery and other forms of forced labour in global supply chains. Bill S-211, An Act to enact the Fighting Against Forced […]

NewsletterJul 11th, 2023

July 2023 Newsletter

Our July newsletter shares exciting new research about self-attestation and other methods to increase supply chain diversity, information about upcoming social procurement and social enterprise events, and more updates and […]

UpdateJun 30th, 2023

Job Posting: Operations Lead

Title: Operations Lead $60,000 – $70,000 annual salary Deadline to apply: July 21, 2023 Every purchase has an economic, environmental, cultural and social impact. The collective effort of leveraging social […]

NewsletterJun 6th, 2023

June 2023 Newsletter

In our June newsletter we share new research and resources, case studies and stories from the movement to advance social procurement and social enterprise across Canada. Also included are event […]

UpdateJun 5th, 2023

Marketplace Impact May 2023 Event Recap

Marketplace Impact: A National Conversation on Social Procurement successfully shared insights on social procurement while fostering dialogue between engaged community members and purchasers from across Canada. Participants got to engage […]

UpdateJun 5th, 2023

Global News BC highlights social enterprises

Global News BC Community Reporter Michael Newman highlighted social enterprises on air in the Making a Difference series, sponsored in part by Buy Social Canada. The first video in the series explores the […]

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UpdateMay 29th, 2023

A story from Building Up: How to purchase community value by doing business with a social enterprise

Building Up is a Toronto-based Certified Social Enterprise contracting company that supports persons facing barriers and prepares them for careers in the building trades. Building Up hires people who live […]

UpdateMay 26th, 2023

BCSPI Purchasing Power: How can procurement help reduce hazardous chemicals?

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, […]

UpdateMay 11th, 2023

Event agenda for Marketplace Impact: A National Conversation on Social Procurement

Join Buy Social Canada online on May 25 at Marketplace Impact: A National Conversation on Social Procurement as we share stories, updates, and progress of social procurement across the country. […]

UpdateMay 10th, 2023

Celebrate the 2023 Social Procurement Champion Award recipients on May 25

This year the Buy Social Canada Social Procurement Champion Awards recognize educators and agitators from the social value marketplace who are working hard towards a shared goal to leverage purchasing […]

NewsletterMay 3rd, 2023

May 2023 Newsletter

Our May newsletter is jam packed with event updates, including our upcoming virtual event on May 25: Marketplace Impact: A National Conversation on Social Procurement, and an in person Toronto […]

NewsletterApr 4th, 2023

April 2023 Newsletter

Our April newsletter is jam packed with event updates, including our upcoming virtual event on May 25: Marketplace Impact: A National Conversation on Social Procurement, and an in person Toronto […]

UpdateApr 3rd, 2023

Destination Vancouver champions social procurement in tourism, hospitality and events

The tourism industry is taking a leadership role in advancing social procurement to create heathy, vibrant communities. One organization within the sector championing this movement is Destination Vancouver, a Buy […]

UpdateMar 24th, 2023

BSCPI Purchasing Power: How can procurement support housing affordability?

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, […]

NewsletterMar 7th, 2023

March 2023 Newsletter

Read our March newsletter to learn how social enterprises define success, get details on upcoming events to grow the marketplace revolution, and celebrate progress across Canada. Read the newsletter here, […]

UpdateMar 6th, 2023

New St. Paul’s hospital construction continues to exceed community benefit agreement goals

The New St. Paul’s Hospital is the first project to trigger the City of Vancouver’s Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) policy, designed to create additional community benefits in the neighbourhoods surrounding […]

UpdateMar 1st, 2023

Here’s how social enterprises define success

Version Française ici. For social enterprises, success is all about creating community impact. We wanted to learn more about what that means to them, so we asked our Certified Social […]

UpdateMar 1st, 2023

Voici comment les entreprises sociales définissent le succès (Français)

English version here. Pour les entreprises sociales, le succès correspond à la création de retombées dans la collectivité. Pour en savoir plus, nous avons posé la question suivante à nos […]

UpdateFeb 17th, 2023

Job Posting: Social Procurement Consultant

Note: This position has been filled, but we accept resumes for any future hiring opportunities on an ongoing basis. If you’re looking for a meaningful role with a dynamic team, […]

UpdateFeb 13th, 2023

BCSPI Purchasing Power: How can procurement help address poverty?

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, […]

NewsletterFeb 7th, 2023

February 2023 Newsletter

Read our February newsletter to get details on upcoming social procurement and social enterprise events, and celebrate progress across Canada. Read the newsletter here, and subscribe to stay up to date.

UpdateFeb 3rd, 2023

The Games are coming, and the winner is… community!

Games and sporting events are ubiquitous in daily life, and lots of major games are happening across Canada in the next few years. Some of the large events include St. […]

UpdateJan 31st, 2023

Why certification? Benefits for social enterprises

Calling all businesses who are a force for good! Verify your social impact with social enterprise certification to show stakeholders, clients, and your team that you put your money where […]

AdvocacyJan 10th, 2023

Response to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 2022-23 Legislative Review

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), a financial crown corporation wholly-owned by the Government of Canada, is Canada’s only bank exclusively focused on providing support to SMEs and entrepreneurs. […]

NewsletterJan 4th, 2023

January 2023 Newsletter

Read our January newsletter and join us in looking ahead at what’s possible for social procurement and social enterprise in 2023! This newsletter shares impacts from 2022, updates about the […]

AdvocacyJan 3rd, 2023

Make a resolution to advance the marketplace revolution

2022 saw incredible progress with social procurement and community capital creation. People and organizations across the country are working to add value to their procurement in multiple ways, such as […]

UpdateDec 27th, 2022

BCSPI Purchasing Power: How can procurement support zero waste?

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, […]

NewsletterDec 6th, 2022

December 2022 Newsletter

Read our December newsletter to get details on how to #GiftSocial for the holidays, upcoming webinars and events, early bird discounts for 2023 training cohorts, and more stories showcasing the […]

UpdateNov 29th, 2022

BCSPI Purchasing Power Recap: How can procurement advance reconciliation?

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, […]

NewsletterNov 8th, 2022

November 2022 Newsletter

Read our November newsletter to get details on early bird discounts for 2023 training cohorts, grant opportunities for social enterprises, how to #GiftSocial for the holidays, and more social procurement […]

UpdateNov 7th, 2022

Give a gift that gives back when you #GiftSocial

The holiday season is a time of sharing and caring for each other. As you reflect on the holidays, consider a gift that creates community capital in addition to the joy it […]

UpdateNov 3rd, 2022

Sell with Impact in Logan, Australia

Enjoy this missive from Brisbane Australia, where some of our team travelled to participate in SEWF 2022. Logan is a diverse neighbour to Brisbane where residents speak 217 languages. We […]

UpdateOct 31st, 2022

Broad New Horizons: Symposium 2022 Recap

The theme of the 2022 Buy Social Canada Symposium of ‘Broad New Horizons’ beautifully encapsulates the breadth and energy of this year’s event. We heard from social enterprises, diverse suppliers, […]

UpdateOct 11th, 2022

Symposium 2022 Program Broad New Horizons

Join the Buy Social Canada Symposium: Broad New Horizons on October 18, 2022 to connect with leading social purchasers and suppliers, learn from industry experts, and celebrate trailblazers at the […]

UpdateOct 11th, 2022

Celebrate Social Procurement Champion Awards at the 2022 Buy Social Canada Symposium

There is no final destination on a social procurement journey. We will always seek to improve outcomes, increase impact and tell great stories. With the Social Procurement Champion Awards at […]

NewsletterOct 5th, 2022

October 2022 Newsletter

Read our October newsletter to get the details on the Buy Social Canada Symposium program, in-person events, fall training courses, and more social procurement and social enterprise news from across […]

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UpdateOct 4th, 2022

Welcome to Seal the Deal Fund where we help make contracts happen

We know that many supports for small businesses, investment providers and funds are rarely designed to support not-for-profits, or they come with red tape that makes it hard for small […]

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NewsletterSep 7th, 2022

September 2022 Newsletter

Read our September newsletter to get the details on Buy Social Canada Symposium registration, in-person events in Vancouver and Calgary, fall training registration deadlines, and more social procurement and social […]

NewsletterAug 10th, 2022

August 2022 Newsletter

Read our August newsletter to learn about a new Social Procurement Action Plan in Winnipeg, impact reports from Calgary’s Benefit Driven Procurement Program, early bird rates on Buy Social Canada […]

UpdateAug 2nd, 2022

Purchasing with Impact: An update from City of Calgary

The City of Calgary continues on their Benefit Driven Procurement (BDP, also referred to as social procurement) journey, after they began implementation in 2019. In a recent report to their […]

NewsletterJul 5th, 2022

July 2022 Newsletter

Read our July newsletter to learn about early bird rates on Buy Social Canada training courses, an upcoming CBA webinar, grant fund opportunities for social enterprises and social value suppliers, […]

UpdateJul 4th, 2022

Un an après : la mise en œuvre de l’entente sur les retombées locales au nouvel hôpital St Paul’s (Français)

English version here. Le projet du nouvel hôpital St Paul’s a été mis en branle au printemps 2021. Nous avons recueilli les données de la première année sur les objectifs de l’entente […]

UpdateJul 4th, 2022

One year in: CBA implementation at New St. Paul’s Hospital

Version Française ici. The New St. Paul’s Hospital (NSPH) project broke ground in spring 2021 and we have gathered the first year’s data on the community benefit agreement targets. Buy […]

UpdateJun 27th, 2022

Canadian Social Enterprises create healthy, vibrant communities by supporting persons with disabilities

In Canada, there are nearly 645,000 individuals with disabilities aged 25-64 who are able to work, but not currently employed (Statistics Canada). Work is something which brings meaning to many […]

NewsletterJun 7th, 2022

June 2022 Newsletter

Read our June newsletter to learn about our new grant fund for social value suppliers, CBA research that shows a paradigm shift in the industry, a new member of the […]

UpdateMay 31st, 2022

Westbank contracts Buy Social Canada to assist with CBA implementation on 150 West Georgia Project

Buy Social Canada is proud to announce that we have been selected by Westbank as their Independent Third-Party Monitor contractor to support them in meeting the City of Vancouver’s Community Benefit […]

NewsletterMay 6th, 2022

May 2022 Newsletter

Read our May newsletter to learn about trainings to buy and sell with impact, a new member of the Buy Social Canada team, updates on social procurement policies and social […]

UpdateApr 28th, 2022

Choisir la bonne stratégie d’approvisionnement en fonction de ses objectifs (Français)

English version here. L’approvisionnement est un outil puissant qui permet de relever de multiples défis sociaux, économiques et environnementaux. L’approvisionnement social consiste à tirer parti de la valeur sociale des […]

UpdateApr 28th, 2022

Choose the right purchasing strategy for your goals

Version Française ici. Procurement is a powerful tool to address multiple social, economic, and environmental challenges. Social procurement focuses on leveraging social value from existing purchases to create community capital. […]

NewsletterApr 5th, 2022

April 2022 Newsletter

Read our April newsletter to learn about trainings to buy and sell with impact, social enterprises creating community capital, public policy research and updates from Public Services and Procurement Canada […]

UpdateMar 31st, 2022

Social Enterprise Marketplace Debut at the Bentall Centre Pop-Ups

Vancouver, BC – On April 5, Buy Social Canada is celebrating the grand opening of the Social Enterprise Marketplace at the Bentall Centre Pop-Ups, in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown […]

UpdateMar 30th, 2022

Social enterprises across Canada create community capital by supporting immigrants and newcomers

One in four workers in Canada are immigrants, contributing to Canada’s growing labour force, local economies, and community wealth.[1] These numbers are expected to increase steadily in the coming years, […]

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UpdateMar 24th, 2022

Buy with Impact at the Vancouver Social Enterprise Marketplace

This Spring, Buy Social Canada, Budgie Box and 50 Million Meals are pleased to host a Social Enterprise Marketplace, a social enterprise pop-up shop located at the Bentall Centre in […]

NewsletterMar 8th, 2022

March 2022 Newsletter

Read our March newsletter to learn about the growing movement of municipalities taking the lead on social procurement, how construction builds community, two new Buy Social Canada team members, upcoming […]

UpdateMar 4th, 2022

More than a structure: Construction projects build community

Every purchase has an economic, environmental, cultural, and social impact. Social procurement is the intentional effort to leverage social value outcomes from existing purchasing. Procurement is shifting so that organizations […]

UpdateFeb 17th, 2022

BCSPI Purchasing Power Recap: How can social procurement address climate change?

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, […]

NewsletterFeb 8th, 2022

February 2022 Newsletter

Read our February newsletter to learn about new Buy Social Canada Purchasing Partners, impacts from social procurement across Canada, and get the latest on upcoming events and other social procurement […]

UpdateFeb 1st, 2022

BCSPI Purchasing Power Recap: How can social procurement support diversity and inclusion?

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, […]

UpdateJan 26th, 2022

L’entreprise sociale et la révolution du marché : Un manifeste pour l’avenir (Français)

English version here. Par : David LePage, auteur de Marketplace Revolution Le commerce peut être bien plus qu’une simple transaction économique. Il consiste en l’échange de biens et de services et, avec […]

NewsletterJan 6th, 2022

January 2022 Newsletter

Read our January newsletter to learn about our vision for social procurement in 2022, job opportunities at Buy Social Canada, a new Social Procurement Professional Certificate cohort this spring, and […]

UpdateJan 6th, 2022

Social procurement solutions for 2022: Growing the movement of community capital creators

At this time last year, we were preparing for the unprecedented potential of a procurement paradigm shift in 2021. We asked the question, and challenged ourselves, “Can we move social […]

UpdateDec 21st, 2021

Job Posting: Operations Coordinator

Note: This position has been filled, but we accept resumes for any future hiring opportunities on an ongoing basis. If you’re looking for a meaningful role with a dynamic team, […]

NewsletterDec 7th, 2021

December 2021 Newsletter

Read our December newsletter to learn about our #GiftSocial Campaign, a new collaboration with SETSI to support Black-led businesses in Toronto, and get the latest on upcoming events and other […]

UpdateNov 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 […]

UpdateNov 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 […]

UpdateNov 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, […]

NewsletterNov 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 […]

UpdateOct 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 […]

NewsletterOct 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 […]

NewsletterSep 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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NewsletterAug 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.

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NewsletterJul 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 […]

NewsletterJun 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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UpdateMay 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, […]

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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 […]

UpdateApr 26th, 2021

Who is Buy Social Canada?

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UpdateAug 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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UpdateAug 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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UpdateJul 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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UpdateJul 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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UpdateJul 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 […]

UpdateApr 26th, 2021

What is Social Procurement?

UpdateApr 26th, 2021

What is Social Enterprise?

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 […]

UpdateApr 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 […]

UpdateApr 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

UpdateApr 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 […]

UpdateJun 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 […]

UpdateApr 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 […]

UpdateApr 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 […]

UpdateApr 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.

UpdateApr 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, […]

UpdateApr 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/

UpdateApr 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; […]

UpdateApr 26th, 2021

History of Social Enterprise

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