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Increasing Ryerson’s purchasing from Indigenous and racialized-owned businesses

November 05, 2020

To: All employees

Financial Services in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI) are proud to announce a new partnership with the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC).

Ryerson will now have access to a new range of products and services from Indigenous and and racialized-owned businesses that operate in Canada. These suppliers are vetted by CAMSC certification, external link, which includes the criteria that the business is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by an Aboriginal Person(s) or racialized person(s).

Not only will this enable the university to diversify the supply chain within which Ryerson conducts business, but also allows us to support the CAMSC’s efforts to increase engagement, inclusion and utilization of products and services from its diverse network.

The premise is that every purchase the university makes carries an economic, environmental and social impact. So when we make purchases with social procurement as a consideration, we are intentionally placing social value alongside economic value in our decision-making process. 

What does this mean for Ryerson and your purchasing decisions?

This new partnership means that Ryerson employees, faculties and departments making purchasing decisions now have access to over 450 certified suppliers in the CAMSC network. Selecting suppliers from the CAMSC network means we can make purchases with the confidence that our choice invests in the advancement of equity-seeking communities.

How Purchasing Services can support you

Wherever possible, Purchasing Services will proactively prioritize suppliers from the CAMSC network on behalf of Ryerson. Our purchasing analysts will be reviewing our vendor spends across the university to identify opportunities to engage vendors from CAMSC. 

If you are beginning a new procurement process, contact Purchasing Services who will review the list of CAMSC suppliers and provide you recommendations and support. 


To learn more, please visit the Social Procurement page on the Financial Services website. 

For assistance finding and connecting with a supplier from the CAMSC network, or if you have any questions about social procurement at Ryerson, please contact the Financial Services Purchasing Services department.