SUPPLIER CERTIFICATION

What is Certification?

CAMSC offers national certification, giving Aboriginal and minority owned suppliers access to the leading Canadian network of organizations committed to diverse and inclusive supply chains.

Business opportunities span all sectors – from component manufacturing to food packaging, advertising to technology services, and everything in between. CAMSC Corporate Members are spending hundreds of millions of dollars every year with our competitive and innovative Certified Suppliers, and opportunities continue to grow!

Already an NMSDC Certified MBE? Learn More about reciprocal certification with CAMSC.

We thank our Board Members for their commitment and support:

Check out our full list of Corporate and Government Members.

Benefits of Certification

As a Certified Supplier, CAMSC will connect you to a wide range of opportunities, help strengthen and expand your business, and advocate on your behalf for diverse supplier inclusion. You can build relationships with Corporate Members, gain insights into upcoming opportunities, and develop skills to successfully win the bid.

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Certification Criteria

Must operate in Canada.
Must be a for-profit enterprise.
Must supply products or services to other businesses.
Must be at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by visible minority(ies)1 or Aboriginal2 person(s).
Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Due to reciprocity with NMSDC, US citizens and permanent residents are also accepted.

New Certification Process & Fees

  • 1. Visit  the CAMSC Portal and click on “Get Certified” to determine your eligibility and create a new account and login.
  • 2. Wait for CAMSC to determine your eligibility to apply within 1-2 business days.
  • 3. Check the email address you used to register and follow the instructions to set up a password.
  • 4. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $295.

 

  1. Complete all required sections of the application within 180 days (or your application will be considered lapsed and deactivated)
  2. Attach supporting documentation (see guidelines below for details).
  3. Pay the non-refundable annual membership fee based on your company’s annual revenue:
  • Annual Revenue: < $500K $500K to $5M > $5M
    Fee: $350 $590 $750
  • Note:  Once your application has been submitted, the full review and approval process takes 25 business days if all required documentation is correctly submitted. An optional 12 business day rush service is also available for an additional $300 non-refundable rush fee. If any documentation is missing or incorrect, the review period will reset and extend beyond the outlined business days for both review and rush options.

1. CAMSC staff will examine the application and supporting documentation. Additional documentation may be requested if clarification is required.

2. If you are providing additional documentation for your application, please ensure that you click “Send Notifications” to inform the team that changes have been made.

1. The Board Certification Committee will perform a final review of the application and supporting documentation. If approved your business will be certified within the searchable supplier database and you will receive your certificate by email.

1. Review your welcome package and register for upcoming events including a Supplier Onboarding Session.

2. Access the wide range of available resources from CAMSC.

Guidelines for Certification

After paying the one-time, non-refundable application fee, you will be directed to the certification application, which is broken down into 10 distinct sections. The online application system allows you to save and return to complete the application in multiple sessions as needed, and the sections may be filled out in any order.

All supporting documentation needs to be scanned and uploaded in the appropriate sections. Each document must be named as follows: “Company Name – Document Name” (ex: ABC Consulting – Articles of Incorporation). Ensure each document is saved as one complete file; do not upload individual pages of each document separately, as this will result in a delay in your application.

In Section 3 of the certification application, you will be asked to identify which commodities (products/services) are relevant for your company. Please be as specific as possible – this will also determine which Biddingo (public sector) automated bid notice emails are sent to your company.

For incorporated companies, the following supporting documents are required to assist CAMSC in confirming ownership and management control:

  1. Articles of Incorporation
  2. Company bylaws
  3. Corporate company ownership structure (showing upstream parent company(s), trusts, and personal shareholders)
  4. Shareholder register/ledger (current and up-to-date)
  5. Share certificate(s) of majority shareholder(s)
  6. Shareholders’ agreement (if more than one owner)

For Partnerships, the following supporting documents are required to assist CAMSC in confirming ownership and management control:

  1. Partnership Agreement
  2. Partnership Registration document

For Sole Proprietorships , the following supporting documents are required to assist CAMSC in confirming ownership and management control:

  1. Master Business License

It is mandatory to attach complete audited (preferred) or unaudited financial statements (including the Review Engagement Report signed off by your accountant) for the two most recent years. Failure to provide financials will disqualify your business from achieving certification. Businesses that are less than 1 year in operation need to submit a business plan and a 3-5 year financial forecast. Please note that the system has been carefully designed with various levels of security access permissions, and only the Certification Manager and President of CAMSC are authorized to review this confidential information.

As your application is confidential, only the primary or administrative contact you listed in the online form can follow up regarding the status of the application.  Your application will not be discussed with any other individuals due to confidentiality. Applicants will be contacted if further documentation is required, and notified via email upon approval.

Get Certified

As a Certified Supplier, CAMSC will connect you to a wide range of opportunities, help strengthen and expand your business, and advocate on your behalf for diverse supplier inclusion. You can build relationships with Corporate Members, gain insights into upcoming opportunities, and develop skills to successfully win the bid.

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Recertification

CAMSC certification is valid for one year after the approval date, and is renewable annually.

 

  1. Sign into the CAMSC Portal with your Username (e.g. [email protected], note: you must include .camsc at the end) and password. Please contact [email protected] if you have lost your log in credentials.
  • Note: For suppliers who have failed to renew before their current certification expires, you will need to pay the non-refundable administrative fee of $295 again to proceed.

 

  1. Review your existing information, and make updates as needed. If there has been a change of ownership, new supporting documentation is required to ensure the company still meets the certification criteria.
  2. Sign and upload the Declaration Form. Notarization is not required.
  3. Pay the non-refundable annual membership fee.
  • Annual Revenue: < $500K $500K to $5M > $5M
    Fee: $350 $590 $750
  • Note:  Once your application has been submitted, the full review and re-approval process takes 20-25 business days. Rush service is available for an additional $300 fee. Contact us
  1. CAMSC staff will examine the application and approve recertification.Note:  If there has been a change in ownership, the Board Certification Committee will also review the supporting documentation prior to CAMSC approval.

Reciprocal Certification

CAMSC NMSDC Reciprocity

Through our affiliation agreement with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), CAMSC Certified Suppliers may access the leading American network for supplier diversity. CAMSC Certified Suppliers must contact the NMSDC regional councils directly to apply for subscription services in regions of interest.

Similarly, NMSDC certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) may apply for cross-border reciprocal certification with CAMSC, to access our network of Canadian businesses.

 

  1. Visit the CAMSC Portal and click on “Get Certified” to determine your eligibility and create a new account and login.
  2. Wait for CAMSC to determine your application eligibility within 1-2 business days.
  3. Check the email address you used to register and follow the instructions to set up a password.
  4. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $295.

 

 

  1. Complete all required sections of the application within 180 days (or your application will be considered lapsed and deactivated)
  2. Attach supporting documentation for our records.
  3. Sign and upload the CAMSC Declaration Form. Notarization is not required.
  4. Attach your current NMSDC council certificate. Your CAMSC renewal date will align with your NMSDC certificate renewal date.
  5. Pay the non-refundable annual membership fee based on your company’s annual revenue:
  • Annual Revenue: < $500K $500K to $5M > $5M
    Fee: $350 $590 $750
  • Note:  Once your application has been submitted, the full review and approval process takes 15-25 business days as long as you have correctly submitted all required documentation. An optional 10-day rush service is also available at the end of the application for an additional $300 fee.
  1. CAMSC staff will examine the application and supporting documentation. We will request additional documentation if clarification is required.
  2. If you are providing additional documentation for your application, please click “Send Notifications” to inform the team that you have made changes.
  3. Once approved, the business marketing profile will become available on the searchable supplier database and the new supplier will have access to the wide range of available resources from CAMSC.

Need more help?

Please refer to the Guidelines of Certification or send us a message, we’d love to answer your questions.