Social Procurement for COVID-19 Recovery
COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our local economies
- Small businesses in BC represent 98% of all businesses and employ 57% of all private sector employees
- 90% of SMEs are currently being impacted with many facing closure
- The tourism industry has seen cancellations on 90% of bookings
- The tourism and hospitality industries are heavily affected
- Unemployment rates are rising
- Social impacts are becoming increasingly evident.
Are the dollars you spend supporting your local economy?
Social procurement is a solution that governments and institutional purchasers can implement to stabilize and recover local economies and unlock additional social, environmental & ethical outcomes from existing purchasing. Social procurement practices can help ensure the dollars you spend are aligned with local community and economic needs during COVID-19 recovery.
The British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) provides the capacity building resources, training and support and support required to implement social procurement effectively as a key tool in the COVID-19 recovery toolbox.
Procurement, Resilient Economies and COVID-19
This special webinar, presented by David LePage of Buy Social Canada and Rory Kulmala of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, outlines how social procurement approaches can support local COVID-19-related adaptation and recovery efforts.