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1 Doing Business with Government March 22, 2011 Holiday Inn, Kitchener

2 Who is the Cooperative Purchasing Group of Waterloo Region? The Cooperative Purchasing Group of Waterloo Region (CPGWR) represents tax-supported institutions and commissions within and around the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The intent of the cooperative is to maximize value for the taxpayer by working together to promote efficiency and economy in the areas of purchasing and materials management through enhanced communication tools, process standardization and resource sharing between the participating agencies Together we purchase more then $30 million dollars in shared contracts.

3 Examples of Shared Contracts which are currently cooperatively purchased Cleaning Supplies Photocopiers Toner Cartridges Nursery Sod Fuel Road Salt Electrical Supplies First Aid Supplies Stationery Pool Chemicals Document Destruction Water Meters Traffic Paint Manhole/ Catch basin Covers Sod Fertilizer Paper Propane Sign Blanks

4 We are Diverse and Driven! Currently, the CPGWR has 26 participating agencies. The CPGWR agencies also collaborate with the Guelph Cooperative and the Halton Cooperative Purchasing Group. The Cooperative has identified key components to its strategic plan including working to increase participation, coordination and leadership in contracts by promoting communication between the agencies and identifying possible contract opportunities as well as facilitating educational opportunities such as hosting the 2011 Ontario Public Buyers Conference

5 Regional and Municipal Governments Regional Government Region of WaterlooCounty of Brant Municipal Government agencies include: City of BrantfordTownship of North Dumfries City of Cambridge Township of Wilmot City of Kitchener Township of Wellesley City of WaterlooTownship of Woolwich

6 Academic Agencies Conestoga College University of Waterloo Upper Grand District School Board (Guelph) Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) Student Transportation Services (div. of WRDSB / WCDSB)

7 Other agencies that are members of the CPGWR: Cambridge Public Library Kitchener Public Library Waterloo Public Library Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Electric Company Waterloo North Hydro Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Center (Kitchener) Hospice Wellington (Guelph) Grand River Conservation Authority (Cambridge) Waterloo Regional Police Service

8 Overview of Purchasing Bylaws and Guidelines The participating agencies are governed by various boards / councils / trustees which develop purchasing bylaws and guidelines which govern how each agency purchases. Bylaws and policies direct how and when bid opportunities are advertised. When a need is identified, by more then two agencies, which can be a cooperative purchase (shared contract), one agency will be designated as the Lead agency. The Lead agency is the organization that will develop and advertise the bid opportunity.

9 Dollar Thresholds for when Bid Opportunities are Advertised Greater then $100,000 Region of Waterloo City of Cambridge Waterloo Region District School Board Cambridge Public Library Waterloo Public LibraryWaterloo North Hydro Waterloo Regional Police ServiceConestoga College Waterloo Catholic District School BoardUpper Grand District School Board Wilfrid Laurier University University of Waterloo Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Center Student Transportation Services (div. of WRDSB / WCDSB) Greater then $75,000 Grand River Conservation Authority Greater then $50,000 Township of WilmotTownship of WellesleyTownship of Woolwich

10 Dollar Thresholds for when Bid Opportunities are Advertised Greater then $25,000 Brant County City of Brantford Greater then $20,000 City of Kitchener City of Waterloo Greater then $10,000 Township of North Dumfries What happens to the spend below the advertised threshold? Most participating agencies encourage staff to gather three informal quotes and the award decision is then made at the Division level

11 Where to find bid opportunities? The following agencies post bid opportunities on their own websites: Brant CountyRegion of Waterloo City of BrantfordTownship of North Dumfries City of CambridgeTownship of Wilmot City of Kitchener Township of Wellesley City of Waterloo Township of Woolwich Conestoga College Grand River Conservation Authority Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Center Links to all of these websites are on the CPGWR website

12 Where to find bid opportunities? Ontario Public Buyers Association website Region of Waterloo City of Cambridge City of Waterloo

13 Where to find bid opportunities? Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Region District School Board Cambridge Public Library Student Transportation Services (div. of WRDSB / WCDSB) University of Waterloo Waterloo Region District School Board Upper Grand School Board Waterloo Catholic District School Board

14 MERX

15 Biddingo

16 Need further contact information? Visit the website!www.cpgwr.ca


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