Become a Member


Local governments and other large purchasers spend billions of dollars each year on a wide variety of goods and services. Social procurement is becoming a best practice for purchasers to align their broader policy objectives with their spending to achieve better value for money.

BCSPI membership makes social procurement implementation manageable and achievable by adding capacity with step-by-step coaching, training, templates, and examples to support the heavy lifting involved in implementing new organizational practices and procedures.

BCSPI Membership benefits

  • No limit to staff participation
  • Professional development and training
  • Templates, guides, tools, and resources
  • Online knowledge hub and webinar library
  • Peer networking and Community of Practice
  • Supplier engagement tools and templates
  • Impact measurement tools and templates
  • Communications and engagement resources


BCSPI membership provides local governments and institutional purchasers with capacity building, training, tools, resources, and community expertise. By being a part of the BCSPI community, you will gain the skills to implement social procurement to align with your community’s priorities and values.

Maximize the benefits of your spending and get the best value for every dollar through strategic implementation of social procurement, with the support of BCSPI.

What Members Are Saying

BCSPI members are mobilizing their spending to create additional social, environmental and ethical value.

By implementing social procurement practices, these local governments and other organizations are ensuring that their existing purchasing is creating community value that contributes directly to the social and economic resiliency of their communities.

BCSPI memberSHIP journey

The BCSPI membership journey makes social procurement implementation manageable and achievable. Scaled to an organization’s capacity, each step is complemented by resources, templates and tools. From training your team, through pilot projects to full implementation and measurement, BCSPI membership makes social procurement implementation a community-supported process.

Principles of BCSPI membership

BCSPI is a community-driven initiative lead by Buy Social Canada, a national social enterprise and social procurement leader, and advised by an executive committee made up of representatives from the different member types: municipal governments, regional districts, institutional purchasers, and Crown Corporations. BCSPI is not an independent entity but rather a member-driven project and shared practice.

The BCSPI Membership Principles aim to capture and communicate the spirit and intention of the initiative and outline key collaborative aspects that make this initiative a success.

Membership fees

BCSPI is made possible through a combination of funding and membership fees. Membership fees are based on community population size for local governments, or annual spend for institutional purchasers.

Local Governments

Local governments include municipalities, regional governments and First Nations governments. The annual membership cost for a local government to join BCSPI is equivalent to BC Area Association dues.

Local governments interested in joining BCSPI please contact us for more information.

Anchor Institutions & Purchasers

The BCSPI fee structure for institutional purchasers such as post-secondaries, health authorities and school boards is based on annual organizational spend.

Institutional purchasers interested in joining BCSPI, please contact us for more information.

Elected Officials Guide: social procurement and BCSPI membership

This guide provides information for elected officials about social procurement and the benefits of BCSPI membership. Read the guide to learn more about how social and procurement can support the strategic goals and objectives of local governments.