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​​​​​​​Purchasing Services

Catholic schools in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) inspire and nurture strong communities of faith, engaged communities of learning and compassionate communities of service.
We educate our students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and love.
We are committed to academic excellence and the relentless pursuit of success for each student and staff member, fostered within a faith-filled Catholic learning environment.
The Purchasing Department supports this initiative by focusing on the strategic acquisition of goods and services. In keeping with the Board's vision, the department strives to encourage diversity and sustainability through thoughtful and ethical purchasing practices. 
The department ensures fiscally responsible, transparent and accountable practices that are compliant with the legislation set out at the Provincial and Federal levels. The Board has developed their procedures in accordance with the legislation and commits to obtaining best overall value. 
Some examples of the governing laws are:
The ALCDSB is also a member of several Buying Groups (listed below) that offer a wide range of collaboratively-sourced and competitively priced products and services:
Vendors looking to become a member of one of our Collaborative strategic sourcing groups listed, can reach out directly for more information.

What we do

  • ​Research the market to understand current trends and ensure timelines for purchasing are appropriate
  • Encourage diversity of spend
  • Encourage ethical and sustainable buying
  • Facilitate high dollar competitive procurement processes
  • Participate in cooperative and collaborative strategic initiatives
  • Develop and support risk mitigation strategies
  • Advise on low dollar purchases
  • Develop and manage vendor relationships
  • Manage processes for compliance to legislation and signing authority
  • Understand changes to government legislation
  • Report per government regulations

Bids and Tenders:

The Board's open, competitive processes promote fairness and transparency to ensure equal treatment without preference to responsive and responsible vendors. The Board publicly advertises procurements projected to cost $100,000 or more on Biddingo.com. Vendors are encouraged to check the site often for current opportunities.  


The Board's method of payment, direct deposit as electronic funds transfer (EFT), has proven to be faster and more secure. Contact Accounting Services in order to register for EFT payment by email: [email protected] 

Terms and Conditions: 

The Board's purchase orders are issued subject to the following terms and conditions. Additional terms, conditions and requirements may be specified in a competitive process issued by the Board.