Procurement & Contract Services home

It is our mandate, our objective, and our responsibility to ensure that University of Waterloo acquisitions and contracts are executed professionally, correctly, ethically, efficiently, and transparently.

Procurement & Contract ​Services can help you:

  • Procure equipment, supplies, and services.
  • Review, amend, execute and terminate University agreements and contracts.
  • Provide direction and counsel for procurement and provide performance management situations.
  • Conduct a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and help you with completing an RFP .
  • Provide Access to suppliers, prices, products and specifications.
  • Provide customs (PDF)  expertise, taxes expertise and co-ordination.
  • Access to a number of travel related contracts
  • Provide a central contact and resource for outside suppliers.
  • Liaise with other institutions and government agencies.
  • Build and maintain a data library of University acquisitions and contracts.
  • Project management for large and/or cumbersome acquisitions
  • Expedite delivery to University departments.

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Updates have been made to Policy 17 – Quotations and Tenders to:

  • Update the minimum requirement for the issuance of a Purchase Order from $5,000 CAD to $10,000 CAD, and
  • Remove the requirement for multiple quotations for purchases under $10,000 CAD.

This will bring our institution in line with other comparable institutions and reduce the unnecessary administrative burden around procuring one-time, small dollar transactions.  

In addition, we are also introducing Guidelines for Quotations and Tenders. This document supports the Policy by outlining our current practices around when exceptions to Policy 17 and Broader Public Sector Procurement (BPS) rules are permitted, as well as providing additional flexibility for making minor updates as requirements change. 

Effective date of changes

Effective May 1, 2024, purchases under $10,000 will no longer need a Purchase Order to proceed with purchasing.  Purchases under $10,000 will no longer need quotations.

If you have questions, please contact Procurement via email at

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Fraudulent Requests

The University of Waterloo is aware of fraudulent requests being sent to suppliers for unauthorized orders purported to be under an academic institution’s name, normally requesting shipping computer equipment to locations other than the institution’s primary address – if you have any questions or doubts about a request for quote and/or to ship goods on behalf of the University of Waterloo, we encourage you to contact one of our Procurement staff to confirm the validity of the request. We can be reached at or 519-888-4501.

The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union is effective Sept 21/17. This new trade agreement will bring about some changes in the way that we procure goods and services.