Buy Social Canada December Newsletter
Here's the latest in social enterprise and social procurement news
#GiftSocial to create community capital
Winter is upon us! Give a gift that gives back when you purchase from a social enterprise this holiday season.

Whether you're buying gifts for loved ones or for corporate events and thank you's, there are Certified Social Enterprises across Canada making wonderful goods while creating additional benefit for community.

Learn more about how to #GiftSocial this year.
Get early bird rates on training cohorts for 2023
Register soon for early bird discounts on training courses scheduled for 2023.

Social Procurement Professional Certificate
Public and private sector purchasers, join a cohort of the Social Procurement Professional Certificate course to gain in-depth knowledge of the fundamental components of social procurement success from development to implementation.

Upcoming cohorts:
February 2023 (Early bird deadline: December 22)
April 2023 (Early bird deadline: February 22)

Storytelling for Social Value Suppliers
This three-part training will delve into the art and importance of storytelling through the unique lens of social value suppliers. At the end of the workshop you will have developed a short video to share on your website or social media.

Upcoming cohort:
January 2023 (Early bird deadline: December 8)

Join us for "Benefiting Communities Through Games and Events," a virtual webinar on January 19
What if we upped your games lasting legacy?

You are invited to join Buy Social Canada and Toronto Community Benefits Network to explore pathways to community impact through social procurement and community benefit agreements. Both are great ways to grow engagement and commitment to your games and your community at once.

If you would like to learn more please join us for a participatory webinar on:
Thursday, January 19th
9:30 - 11:00 am PT / 12:30 - 2:00 pm ET
Online via Zoom

First Credit Union takes the next step on their social procurement journey
Our team recently supported First Credit Union, one of our Social Purchasing Partners, on the launch of their social purchasing journey with an Introduction to Social Procurement workshop for their leadership team and branch managers.

Here's what Caitlin Bryant, Social Impact Manager, has to say about their journey:

"As a member-owned financial co-operative, social value is baked into our DNA at First Credit Union (First CU). That's why we use a triple-bottom-line framework that measures First CU's success not by growth of profits alone but by our positive impact on people (our members/community), the planet (our local environment) and prosperity (financially healthy communities).

"Educating our selves and our members about social procurement and leaning into the social value marketplace with Buy Social Canada is an important next step for First CU. It's an incredible opportunity to strengthen our knowledge and create new tools and processes that will help us stay on track and create even more social value for our members and the communities we serve. Thank you Buy Social Canada!"
Explore how procurement can support zero waste with BCSPI on December 15
Are you interested in learning about zero waste and how your purchasing can support systemic changes to promote sustainability?

Purchasing Power is a speaker series featuring experts who are putting the principles of a social value marketplace into action, hosted by the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI).

Join us for the second event of the 2022/23 series:

December 15, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 pm PT / 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Online via Zoom

With speakers:
Sue Maxwell, ZeroWaste BC
Jane Rushton, City of Nanaimo
Did you miss the previous purchasing power event on procurement as a tool to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples?

Article shows the key role social procurement plays in strengthening the social enterprise sector
The Second Edition of the European Social Enterprise Monitor has been released, and it makes clear the connection between between social enterprise success and social procurement from corporations and governments.

“Partnerships for procurement between social enterprises and conventional firms or corporations present a large opportunity for the transformation of the sector, providing stable sources of income through contracts and access to new markets,” the report says.

Read the full Pioneers Post article to learn more. Many of their key points are relevant to the Canadian context.
Thanks for meeting with us, Calgary!
On November 29, Buy Social Canada along with AB SeedMomentum, and Innovate Calgary hosted the Buy with Impact: Social Procurement and Benefit-Driven Procurement event at Platform Calgary. The event featured an Introduction and Exploration of Social Procurement workshop, and was followed by an update from Chase Smith, Manager of Procurement Transformation for the City of Calgary, on the City’s Benefit Driven Procurement journey.

Suppliers, purchasers, social enterprises and procurement students came together to learn, celebrate and activate social procurement in the Calgary community. Refreshments were provided by EthniCity Catering, a Certified Social Enterprise that provides transitional employment and training for immigrant and refugee women and men. Thank you all for attending!
Corporate partnerships lead to large holiday gift orders and increased community impact
A partnership with Hudson Pacific for a Social Value Marketplace in downtown Vancouver, and continued engagement from their team, has resulted in Hudson Pacific placing an order from Certified Social Enterprise BudgieBox.

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Buy Social Canada’s Social Enterprise Marketplace at Bentall Centre and support enterprises that are innovatively embedding social, cultural and environmental responsibility into their business models. At the Social Value Trade Show in October, we connected with many fantastic social enterprise entrepreneurs, and even made a large order for holiday gifts that not only provide our valued tenants and partners with a high-quality, socially conscious gift, but also raise the profile of local social enterprises amongst our network."
- Ashley Chandler, Program Manager for Hudson Pacific Properties, which co-owns and operates Bentall Centre
Enter to win $250 when you participate in a survey on best practices for project management in social enterprises
We have heard many inspiring stories about the impact social enterprises have, so we're partnering with university researchers to identify best practices for project management in social enterprises. The study is funded by the Project Management Institute and is led by Dr. Jennifer Jewer from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Business.

Social enterprises, get involved and fill out a short survey that will take about 10 minutes of your time. You will be among the first to receive the study’s findings on best practices for project management in social enterprises, and you can enter for a chance to win Buy Social Canada procurement training and a copy of David LePage's book Marketplace Revolution.

Updates from a successful first N.L. Social Procurement Summit
Last month was the first N.L. Social Procurement Summit. The event was organized by the N.L. Social Enterprise Innovation Coalition in collaboration with Buy Social Canada and supported by Memorial University of Newfoundland's Office of Public Engagement. Representatives from 45 organizations, including academia, social entrepreneurs, foundations, government, private sector, SPOs and students, gathered to build dialogue and collaboration on social procurement and developing community capital in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Stay tuned for the report soon to be released, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the coalition at

Photos by Ritche Perez and Jae Hong Jin.
Purpose Construction featured for work to create affordable housing in Winnipeg
Certified Social Enterprise Purpose Construction is creating change and impact as they create affordable housing in Winnipeg while employing individuals facing barriers!

Read the full article to learn more about this innovative approach.
Just Like Family Home Care

Just Like Family Home Care provides professional, compassionate care for seniors while supporting families with resources, choice, knowledge, and peace of mind.

Find a Just Like Family location in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Ontario.
Buddy Services Centre for Seniors

Buddy Services Centre for Seniors, based in York, Ontario, provides in-home care and companionship to seniors over the age of 65. The enterprise employs BIPOC people and persons with disabilities, and clients who participate in their buddy services program go on to live active and stimulating lives.

Buy Social Canada
910-1050 West Pender St
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