Why Join BCSPI?

Social procurement is becoming a best practice for purchasers. BCSPI membership provides local governments and institutional purchasers across British Columbia with the tools and expertise to turn their procurement dollars into achievable and measurable community benefits.

Local governments and other large institutional purchasers in British Columbia spend billions of dollars on a wide variety of goods and services each year. These institutions are exploring how and/or taking steps to align their broader policy objectives with their spending to achieve better value for money.

Purchasing goods and services from local businesses with social values, social enterprises and social purpose organizations can create immediate and measurable community impact by unlocking additional social value. 

Members Have Access To:

  • Professional development and training
  • Templates, resources & examples
  • Pre-recorded topic-specific webinars
  • Expert consultation, advice and support
  • Peer networking and community of practice
  • Vendor and supplier outreach and engagement tools
  • Communications and engagement resources
  • Impact measurement and evaluation tools

What Members Are Saying

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

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

BCSPI Principles of Membership

BCSPI is a community-driven initiative that is governed by a Steering Committee comprised of local government members, with services delivered by contractors. BCSPI is not an independent entity but rather a community 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 becoming a member of BCSPI should contact BCSPI Steering Committee Co-Chair, Councillor Colleen Evans.

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.

Other Resources for Organizations

Become a Buy Social Purchasing Partner

Buy Social Canada’s Purchasing Partners program recognizes your organization as a verified social purchaser, and enhances your marketing potential as a business that actively prioritizes social procurement and contributes to the social and environmental wellbeing of communities.

Guide to Social Procurement

This guidebook is an introduction to the why, what, and how of social procurement in Canada. It was developed by Buy Social Canada for several audiences: organizations taking the necessary steps towards social procurement implementation; others considering whether to or how to integrate social value into their current procurement practices; or simply those curious about social procurement more generally.

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