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Become a certified Buy Social Canada social enterprise and join a growing network of businesses driving the social procurement movement! Buy Social Canada’s third-party certification program recognizes your organization as a verified social enterprise, and enhances your marketing potential as a business that actively prioritizes community benefits and social impact over private profit and shareholder returns.

“We really appreciated you taking the time to meet – and all the support that Buy Social Canada has been providing to the Binners’ Project. Gabby and I both left feeling energized and with a concrete idea on how to develop a solid sorting pilot.”
— Anna Godefroy, Director, Binners' Project

Who Can Be a Certified Social Enterprise?

Our certified social enterprises include non-profits with or without charitable status, community service co-operatives, hybrid corporations with caps on dividends and asset distribution, and for-profits owned by non-profits. For a list of already certified social enterprises, please see our directory

Benefits of Buy Social Certification

  • Lead the social procurement movement
    • Be at the forefront of social procurement initiatives in Canada
    • Participate in public policy campaigns to advance social procurement across Canada
  • Differentiate from pretenders
    • Certification helps your business stand out in diverse and competitive marketplaces as a verified supplier
  • Join a growing social impact network
    • Connect with social enterprises that are leading in building healthy communities
    • Engage in multi-sector dialogue on social procurement with diverse individuals and organizations across the country
  • Expand business potential
    • Connect and build relationships with social purchasers
    • Be easily identified by social purchasers with your certified designation
  • Increase marketing opportunities
    • Be listed on Akcelos, a national, searchable online social enterprise directory and e-commerce platform for free
    • Be promoted across our national network of social purchasers, social enterprises, and socially conscious individuals
    • Receive Buy Social Canada branded materials to display on your storefront, office, and/or product
    • Partner with us to co-host social enterprise and social procurement events and workshops in your local region
  • Save money and access tools and resources
    • Receive discounted consulting rates from our strategic partners and the Buy Social Canada team to support your social enterprise
    • Access webinars, workshops, networking events, educational literature, and more for free or at a discounted rate
  • Tell your story
    • Participate in our case studies and showcase your social enterprise’s impact

Ready to become a part of the Buy Social Canada movement? Check out our certification guidelines for social enterprise suppliers below.

Guidelines for Certification

  • Your organization has an embedded social, environmental or cultural mission
  • At least 50% of your business’ revenue comes from selling goods/services in the marketplace
  • At least 50% of your business’ profits go back into executing your mission
  • Your business operates with transparency and responsibility
  • Your business has documentation that demonstrates its social impact history (e.g. incorporation documents, financial reports, etc.)
  • Your business is able to pay Buy Social’s annual certification fee (to cover resources, consulting, and support) based on your business’ revenue 

Apply Today! Our application form is simple and can be completed in minutes!

*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. 

Pricing for Suppliers  

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

Supplier Participation Fee:

  • Under $1million: $250/year
  • $1-5 million: $500/year
  • $5-20 million: $1000/year
  • $20 million+: $2500/year