Join the social impact network and become a Buy Social Canada Purchaser! Buy Social Canada’s third party certification program recognizes your organization as a verified social purchaser, and enhances your marketing potential as a business that actively prioritizes social procurement and contributes to the social and environmental wellbeing of your community.


  • If you’re a non-profit, then you are already in the business of creating social value. You can maximize your purchasing by buying from social enterprise suppliers and create an even greater social value.
  • As a government institution you can learn how to integrate your procurement objectives to meet your social and environmental goals, without having to adjust the budget. 
  • Businesses can examine their entire operations and supply chain, identifying opportunities to maximize social value through existing procurement decisions.

If you identify with any of the entities above, we want to recognize you as a Buy Social Canada purchaser!

“They helped our organization understand aspects of the social enterprise landscape in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC, and to plan our own social procurement policy that was fair, mission driven, and satisfied our due diligence.”
— Thomas Bevan, Development Manager, 312 Main Community Co-op

Benefits of Buy Social Certification:

  • Changing attitudes to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • Align your corporate social responsibility objectives with your core business.
  • Awareness is Growing
    • The word is spreading that social enterprises deliver value-added business-to-business products and services while maintaining competitive quality and pricing.
  • Develop the Sustainability and Diversity Agenda
    • Buying from social enterprise means your business is contributing to the local economy and building sustainable and healthy communities.
  • Business Responsibility
    • Your business has a responsibility to the community you work and operate in. Buying from social enterprise is a simple way to give back.
  • Business Benefits
    • Research shows that businesses who align their operational practices with community and employee values tend to financially outperform their competitors.
  • Certification provides a meaningful social value differentiator that helps your business stand out in diverse and competitive marketplaces
  • Partner with a growing network of mission-driven businesses that drive social procurement practices and contribute to healthy community building
  • Full access to Buy Social Canada's partner Akcelos, an online social enterprise directory and e-commerce platform.
  • Your business will receive one hour free consultation with one of our strategic partners

  • We provide your business a discounted consulting rate of $100/hour or 33% off the original cost, following the free hour, with one of our strategic partners, to support you in developing a social procurement framework or policy

  • Free access to webinars and other key resources 

Criteria for Certification

Your organization will endeavour to buy goods and services from social enterprises, businesses that reinvest their profits for good, benefiting people and planet

  • Your organization will have a fair, accessible, and open procurement process and services

  • You are raising awareness of social enterprises across your organization

  • Your organization has trained relevant staff about buying from social enterprise

  • Your organization will work with Buy Social Canada to find social enterprise suppliers where possible

  • Your organization is committed to developing metrics to measure the impact of buying social.

Join Buy Social Canada today! Applying for certification is easy–fill out our form for purchasers online in minutes, or feel free to talk to one of our team members for more details.

*If you feel that your business or organization doesn’t fit these specific guidelines, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss ways in which you can be a Buy Social Canada partner.


The annual pricing for certification is based upon your business revenues.

Purchaser Participation Fee:

  • Under $5 million in revenue: $500/year
  • $5-20 million in revenue: $1000/year
  • $20 million in revenue or more: $2500/year