What is Canoe?
Canoe is a cooperative buying group tailored to municipalities, non-profits, and the public sector across Canada. Canoe is the largest municipally-focused cooperative purchasing group in the country.
Where are Canoe programs available?
Canoe’s programs are also available to local governments in the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
What is cooperative purchasing?
Cooperative procurement, at its core, is the concept of combining the purchasing power of more than 5,000 public and not-for-profit organizations across Canada to get better prices and service for everyone.
What procurement options are available through Canoe?
Canoe offers procurement options for most of the major things that municipalities need. Popular programs include tires, heavy construction equipment, office supplies, bulk fuel, aggregate, and employee benefits.
What do Canoe members have access to?
Canoe offers more than 200 approved suppliers
in over 60 programs
What is Canoe’s relationship with the RMA?
Canoe is fully-owned and operated by the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), meaning it contributes financially to RMA advocacy and gives back through member patronage rebates.
What is Canoe’s relationship with the other municipal associations in Canada?
Canoe collaborates with like-minded municipal associations across Canada to bring its trade-compliant cooperative procurement programs to members throughout the country. This relationship provides financial benefits to these associations, which, in turn, enables increased service levels to municipalities, public agencies, and not-for-profit organizations in each province.
Is procuring through Canoe compliant with trade legislation?
Yes! Canoe has gone to RFP on behalf of the entire membership, meaning member organizations just need procure what they need directly through the program. Canoe Procurement’s programs meet all legislative and trade agreement requirements.