The City of St. Albert purchases in excess of sixty million dollars of
goods, services and construction annually. The primary objective of the
Purchasing Branch is to ensure that purchases made by the City are at the
lowest possible overall price in consideration of quality, availability and other
criteria relevant to the procurement, while ensuring that the process is
conducted in a fair and transparent manner.
The purchasing model employed by the City of St. Albert is a decentralized approach to the acquisition of goods and services. While many purchases are handled directly by the Purchasing Branch, all other City departments are also authorized to conduct their own purchasing activities. Most capital equipment purchases and commodity contracts are handled by the Purchasing Branch while Planning & Engineering is responsible for most construction, renovation and maintenance types of acquisitions.