Buy Social Canada August Newsletter
Here's the latest in social enterprise and social procurement news
New cohorts added for Social Procurement Professional Certificate
The September cohort for our new Social Procurement Professional Certificate has sold out! We're thrilled to see the interest and engagement from private sector, government, and anchor institutions this professional development education program for social procurement is getting.

To respond to demand, we have scheduled two more cohorts. Here are the dates and times:

  • October/November 2021 Cohort: October 26, November 2, 9, and 16, 2021 from 10am – 12pm PT / 1 – 3pm ET

  • February 2022 Cohort: February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2022 from 10am – 12pm PT / 1 – 3pm ET

It's our pleasure to introduce you to Sarah Aspinall, who we are working in partnership with to develop the Social Procurement Professional Certificate. Sarah is the founder of BGSD Consulting Corporation whose focus is on elevating community benefit through Social & Sustainable Procurement Advisory Services. She brings a wealth of expertise from both public and private sector procurement. Formerly the Director, Supply Management at The City of Calgary, Sarah was the program lead and driving force behind the Benefit Driven Procurement project. 

Read the final report: Exploring Community Wealth Building Through Social Procurement in Ontario

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 value purchasers and the construction sector generating demand, and how community is redefining wealth and driving social value outcomes.

This series was created by Buy Social Canada in partnership with the Ontario Non-profit NetworkCanadian CED NetworkOntario Trillium Foundation and AnchorTO
BCSPI supports Powell River as it considers social procurement policy
The City of Powell River, a member government with the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI), has been supported by BCSPI training and resources as councillors consider changing the procurement policy to emphasize social procurement. A report has been provided to City Council, and they plan to vote on adopting a new social procurement policy this month.

"The adoption of a social procurement-based purchasing policy is a step in making the impact of the city’s purchases more beneficial to all" — excerpt from a report by Adam Langenmaier, chief financial officer for the City

Buy Social Canada is proud to be a partner organization in the project delivery team for BCSPI, and support small and midsize local governments to increase their social procurement activities as they work to create healthy, vibrant communities.

Read the full update on the City's proposed policy and the role of BCSPI.
Report explores Community Benefit Agreements and recommendations for success
A new report from think tank Cardus explores Community Benefit Agreement models across Canada, and provides recommendations for successful implementation.

Read the report to learn more.
New Federal Government procurement directives aid social procurement goals
Buy Social Canada applauds the Government of Canada for recognizing the power of social procurement as a tool for creating healthy, vibrant communities.

In the latest Directive on the Management of Procurement, the government has added language that will make it easier for federal organizations to move forward with social procurement, emphasizing that procurements will take social value into consideration.

As a result of this directive, it is expected that procurements will be "managed in a manner that enables operational outcomes and demonstrates sound stewardship and best value consistent with the Government of Canada’s socio-economic and environmental objectives."

Meet Emma: Buy Social Canada's new Communications and Education Coordinator
Passionate about creating social change and supporting community-building, sustainability, equity, and reconciliation, Emma uses her skills as a journalist and communications specialist to foster dialogue and raise awareness about innovative solutions to today’s pressing issues.

As Communications and Education Coordinator at Buy Social Canada, Emma highlights the possibilities of a social value marketplace both online and through community collaboration. She spearheads daily social media content creation, and supports training and communications for the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative.

When not at work, Emma enjoys making and listening to podcasts, baking bread, and going for frequent ocean swims.

Welcome to the team Emma!
Social procurement tip of the week
Social procurement success is dependent on iteration and collaboration. Ensure your processes include the tools and resources required to report on outcomes, celebrate success stories and learn from challenges.
Mission Possible works to meet increased demand
Vancouver-based organization Mission Possible, which operates the Buy Social Canada Certified Social Enterprise MP Maintenance, is seeking support to continue its mission to empower people challenged by homelessness and poverty through access to training and opportunities for meaningful work.

As demand for entry into their program and for their services has increased, they've realized that they need another vehicle to help transport employees to up to 40 job sites each day. They've started a fundraiser to try to meet their financial goal, and open their program to more people.

"We're reaching out to folks to chip in a little bit and help contribute to these vehicles, which really lead to, you know, changed lives for people when they can move into a job... Even during the pandemic, it's been amazing to watch people move into permanent work outside of Mission Possible." — Matthew Smedley, executive director of Mission Possible.

Learn more in this CBC article profiling Mission Possible and their call for aid.

Food Connections Program
Food Connections is a catering service and pre-employment social enterprise run by Wolseley Family Place, a family resource centre serving families in Winnipeg's inner city.

Through Food Connections, parents who live in the community develop employment-related skills and address barriers to employment.

WITS Programs Foundation
The WITS Programs Foundation delivers bullying prevention programs in elementary schools across Canada and into the USA and Brazil.

WITS is dedicated to safe school and community environments for kids, promoting nonviolence in society, and providing children with the tools to respond to negativity.

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