The City of St. Albert purchases more than forty-six 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 fairly and transparently.
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 purchasing activities. The Purchasing Branch manages most capital equipment purchases and commodity contracts while Planning & Engineering is responsible for most construction, renovation, and maintenance-related acquisitions.
NEW Digital Procurement Platform – bids&tenders
To improve service delivery, competitive purchasing is moving to a new digital procurement platform. Competitive purchasing, over trade agreement thresholds, will be completed through bids&tenders.
Information Session Video
On September 8, a Virtual Supplier Information Session was held and recorded. During the session they discussed how to find opportunities, submit bids, etc.
Create a Free Supplier Account
You will need to create a free account via the City’s bids&tenders portal. Set up your account to start bidding on relevant opportunities. It only takes a few minutes to create an account and there is no cost to sign up or respond to the City of St. Albert’s opportunities.
If you have an existing bids&tenders account you do not need to create a new one, simply sign in.
The City does not maintain a central, formal vendor registry, so to do business with the City of St. Albert, you must make yourself known to the department(s) most likely to require your goods/services. While we do try to keep current with the vendor community, it is in your best interest to keep us informed of the nature of your business and how your goods/services may be of value to us.
Contact the Purchasing Branch
If you’re in doubt as to who to contact at the City, it’s always best to start with Purchasing. We can advise you if your firm’s products/services are typically required by the City and, if so, who best to contact.
Contact the User Department Directly
If you’re familiar with the operations of the City, then you are welcome to contact the Manager or Director of the user department directly.
Check the Media
All significant purchases are posted on the City’s website stalbert.ca, major capital purchases are typically posted to the Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) website, and construction requirements are usually advertised on both APC and with the Edmonton Construction Association.
Last edited: October 15, 2021