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

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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(s)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.

Certification Process & Fees

  1. Visit Biddingo and start an account by creating a User ID and password.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $295.
  • Note:  You can save your application online at any point in the process.
  1. Complete all forms.
  2. Attach supporting documentation (see Guidelines below for details).
  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 approval process takes 30-60 business days. 25 day rush service is available for an additional $300 fee.
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  1. CAMSC staff will examine the application and supporting documentation. Additional documentation may be requested if clarification is required.
  1. The Board Certification Committee will review the application and supporting documentation. If approved, business information becomes visible on the searchable supplier database.
  1. A meeting is scheduled with company owners to familiarize CAMSC with the new Certified Supplier business offerings.
  2. The newly Certified Supplier is guided through the available resources from CAMSC and the wider network.

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)

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.

Become a Certified Supplier

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.

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  1. Sign in to Biddingo with your User ID (email) and password. Contact Biddingo customer service (416-756-0955) if you have lost your log in credentials.
  • Note:  For suppliers who have failed to renew before their certification expires, there is a non-refundable re-application fee of $295.
  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 Biddingo and start an account by creating a User ID and password.
  • Note:  You can save your application online at any point in the process.

 

  1. Sign and upload the Declaration Form. Notarization is not required.
  2. Attach your current NMSDC home council certificate. Your CAMSC renewal date will align with the date for your NMSDC certificate renewal.
  3. Complete all sections with your company information. You can save the information at any time during the process. You MUST complete mandatory information to submit your application.
  4. 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 approval process takes 15-25 business days.
  1. CAMSC staff will examine the application and approve reciprocal certification. Once approved, business information becomes visible on the searchable supplier database.
  2. The newly Certified Supplier is guided through the available resources from CAMSC and the wider network.

Need more help?

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