Resources and information

Each year the Procurement & Contracts Department works with thousands of requests to purchase millions of dollars worth of goods, services and equipment. With such a large volume, everyone benefits when University departments follow standard purchasing procedures. The purchased materials arrive sooner.

Why does the university have a central Procurement & Contracts Depart​ment?

Our goal is to provide quality goods and services for the University of Waterloo in a co-ordinated "best buy" situation. The Board of Governors has delegated purchasing authority to the University of Waterloo's Procurement & Contract Services Department - see Policy 17
Along with purchasing authority, Procurement & Contract Services is responsible for ensuring that all University acquisitions and contractual arrangements are in accordance with various trade agreements and follow Federal and Provincial Government rules and regulations. When finalizing your acquisition needs, Procurement & Contract Services assists with and verifies that:

  • Competitive bid requirements are met.
  • Tax status is appropriate.
  • Purchase is compliant with Ontario/Quebec trade and the inter provincial trade agreements.
  • There are no known conflict-of-interest problems.
  • Proper approvals have been granted, internally and with various government agencies (e. Canadian Space Agency, Canada Foundation for Innovation).
  • Purchase/Contract does not conflict with university policies or government regulations.
  • Services could not more appropriately be provided by a university department.
    • Furniture: The university has certain standards for furnishings. Purchasing will work with the end-user and Plant Operations should the request be for items outside of the policy.
    • Design: Design services for projects that involve university branding are available through the university's Creative Services  unit. Should you have a design request, it is suggested that end-users consult with Creative Services prior to contacting Procurement & Contract Services.
    • Printing: W Print  can facilitate any print job. Once your project has a finalized design, a print-ready PDF file is all that is required to print your project (e.g., reprinting a previously designed project that is still on-brand; projects for which approved templates exist, such as posters, name tags; etc.). Creative Services is able to handle print projects all the way from design to finished product in cases where university branding is involved.
    • Books: W Store is the campus' best resource for all book and course materials purchases.
    • Branded Apparel and Gifts: W Store has staff members who are dedicated to sourcing university-branded products that meet the university’s brand guidelines, and has established relationships with many vendors who can produce high-quality items at competitive prices. To initiate a request for a quote, or to simply find out what product options are available, please email
    • Catering Services: University of Waterloo Catering & Event Services Experience excellence with every bite. Catering and Events Services at the University of Waterloo offers state of the art meeting and banquet facilities in Federation Hall, along with delivery options on and off campus. Impress your guests with customizable dining selections from locally sourced ingredients from as many as 75 local farmers. Plus, internal staff and faculty clients can anticipate costs with no gratuities! Book your catering experience today by calling (519) 888-4700.

We are responsible for ensuring that University procurement process, and our relationship with our partners and suppliers is completed professionally, correctly, efficiently, and inexpensively.  The sooner we can be involved with your project/acquisition, the more confident you can be in a smooth and efficient outcome.

What services are provided by Procurement & Contract Services?

  • Procure equipment, supplies, and services for all within the university community
  • Co-ordination and administration of all university business related contracts
  • Liaise with other institutions and government agencies.
  • Ensure University of Waterloo is aware and in compliance with all government laws and initiatives and trade agreements
  • Acquisition project management within the campus, and amongst supplier base
  • Provide market research and information. Access to suppliers, prices, products and specifications
  • Provide a central contact location for outside suppliers
  • Form and maintain data and records of university acquisitions and contract

New and/or upgraded software and information systems

IST and Finance should be consulted prior to any software purchases as there may be a suitable solution already on campus. If not, any new system would need to take into consideration Privacy, Security, Financial, technical, and Accessibility requirements prior to any purchases being made. For more information, please see IST’s Information on purchasing software and Finance’s Financial System Implementation Requests or reach out to Anne Paulson, Manager, Departmental Systems and Mike Gaspic, Manager, Enterprise Systems to initiate a consultation on your project or walkthrough of the various steps involved. Policy 17 guidelines apply to all new and upgraded software purchases.  Please contact Procurement if you require assistance.