Buy Social Canada September Newsletter
Here's the latest in social enterprise and social procurement news
Last Procurement for Social Value Suppliers Training of the year starts September 22
The next cohort of ‘Procurement for Social Value Suppliers’ starts on September 22nd. This four-part, 8-hour course is taught by Buy Social Canada and funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program.

Here are the details:
  • $60 per participant
  • Wednesdays September 22, 29 and October 6 and 13 10am – 12pm PT / 1 – 3pm ET

Is this training right for you?
  • You are a social value supplier. You could be a social enterprise, a diverse-owned business or you could incorporate social value creation in your business activities.
  • You sell goods or services which can be bought by businesses, governments or institutions. These purchasers are thinking about your social value creation when they consider what to buy.
  • You are ready to learn about procurement and grow into opportunities that can mean big contracts, and therefore big social value creation!

Find out more here and apply to join the September cohort here.

If you have any questions please contact
Register Now for Storytelling for Social Value Suppliers final cohort of 2021
The final cohort of ‘Storytelling for Social Value Suppliers’ for 2021 begins on October 20th. This three-part, hands-on training will delve into the art and importance of storytelling through the unique lens of social value suppliers. Discover how to utilize these skills for marketing, bidding, pitches, connecting with your ecosystem, and creating an impact.

Here are the details:
  • $60 per participant
  • Wednesdays October 20, 27 and November 3 10am – 12pm PT / 1 – 3pm ET

Is this training right for you?
  • You are a social value supplier
  • You are engaged in communications activities at your business
  • You want to learn some simple tools to make easy videos and share your stories of impact

Apply now to join the Oct/Nov Cohort, or contact with any questions.
Register for upcoming Social Procurement Professional Certificate training cohorts
Register now to save your space in our upcoming Social Procurement Professional Certificate cohorts! There are a few spaces left in the October-November 2021 cohort, and more still available for February 2022.

Here are the dates:
  • 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

This certificate program has been developed to provide both private and public sector participants with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of social procurement, and consists of four 2-hour virtual training sessions.

Read the course outline to learn more.

BCSPI Updates

Greater Victoria civic agencies help drive B.C. social procurement initiative

BCSPI has seen its members procure more than $200 million in socially beneficial goods and employment in the last two years, according to the organization’s first report. Get an inside scoop on how Greater Victoria civic agencies help drive BCSPI, and read more about the impacts from Phase 1 of the Initiative.

City of Powell River adopts social procurement policy

BCSPI member Powell River has officially adopted a social procurement policy, after five years of research, testing and policy development. We're thrilled to see this great next step approved! Learn more.

Upcoming BCSPI info sessions

If you're curious about what BCSPI is doing, who it's for, and why you should get involved, join us at one of our upcoming information sessions:

  • September 23, 2021 | 2-2:30pm
  • November 9, 2021 | 2-2:30pm

Collaborative report recommends social procurement for the province of Alberta
A report outlining the positive economic and social impacts of social procurement and making recommendations to the Government of Alberta has been published by Momentum and their partners. Momentum is a change-making organization that takes an economic approach to poverty reduction and adds a social perspective to economic development initiatives.

This short read provides a clear overview of current social procurement practices across Canada, the benefits of social procurement, and provides links to resources and support.

Welcome City of St. Albert: the newest Buy Social Canada Social Purchasing Partner!
The City of St. Albert is "vibrant, innovative and thriving." They value long-term economic health from an economic base that is vibrant, diverse and resilient.

We are proud to support the City as they leverage social procurement to achieve their economic and social goals of diversity and resilience.
Social Enterprise World Forum September 28 & 29 2021
Join us at the annual Social Enterprise World Forum on September 28 and 29, and keep an eye out for our very own Director of Education and Communications Tori Williamson, on day 2.

Designed by and for social enterprises, SEWF 2021 will champion the potential of social enterprises – small and large, rural and urban – to bring about inclusive and sustainable economic development.

Join leading social entrepreneurs and change-makers from across the world with over 3,000 participants from over 70 countries at the social enterprise event of the year.

Social Enterprises who sell gifts: get featured in our upcoming holiday campaign!
Calling all social enterprises who sell gifts - we want to feature you in our upcoming holiday campaign!

Please contact Maham to get involved.
Thank you to our summer intern, Mariana
Thank you so much to Mariana Jimenez Ojeda for working with Buy Social Canada this summer.

Mariana was a wonderful addition to our team and brought a true passion for social enterprise to her work. She helped us conduct a complete digital audit of our online presence and where we could improve and started the #FiredUpFriday motivational quote series on our social media.

We know you'll continue to do great work and continue making a positive impact in so many lives, Mariana! All the best with what comes next.

FoodWorks Ottawa is a social enterprise that works to engage Ottawa’s at-risk youth recruited from Operation Come Home to assist in the development of culinary and employment skills.

Participants, who are trained and supervised by a professional chef, gain real world cooking skills that they can translate into a fulfilling culinary career. All proceeds from the catering business support Operation Come Home’s mission of preventing homeless youth from becoming homeless adults.

BottleWorks is a social enterprise operated by Operation Come Home that employs youth facing barriers to employment in collecting empty alcohol bottles donated from businesses, residents, and bottle drives across Ottawa.
While learning skills such as punctuality, team work, and customer service, youth are paired with a social support worker who they work with on the truck each day. BottleWorks social support staff also work with youth to build their resumes and find future employment.

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