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Paying Vendors

To initiate payment to a vendor, an invoice must be submitted to Financial Services. Payment will be made within TMU’s payment terms as long as:

  • an approved purchase requisition (PR) is in place;
  • a purchase order (PO) has been created prior to the delivery of goods or commencement of services;
  • a TMU PO number is included on the vendor’s invoice

Note that payment processing will be delayed if your vendor submits an invoice without a PO number. For more on the invoice requirement process, visit the Vendor Guidance page.

If you’re paying an independent contractor, please be sure to review the Human Resources website for guidance on determining independent contractor status. If independent contractor status is met based on the Employment Relationship and Payment Decision Tree, please remember to include the completed Professional Services Agreement document with your submission.

To obtain the latest version of the Professional Services Agreement, or if you have questions regarding this document, please contact the Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat at or 416-979-5004.

Purchases less than $5,000

You can now place all orders less than $5,000, including service-related orders, directly with vendors without the need for a purchase order. For service-related purchases, please instruct vendors to complete the new  (PDF file) Service Agreement (Under $5,000) contract prior to commencing the work.

Forms of payment

By default, payments in Canadian and U.S. currency are made by cheque while payments in all other currencies are made by wire transfer.

However, if you are an established TMU vendor, we encourage you to register for electronic funds transfer (EFT) payments for quicker and more secure payment. Please contact for EFT registration details.

Additional forms of payment

There are two additional methods for vendor payments:

If accepted by the vendor, paying with a P-Card is the preferred method for low-dollar purchases less than $5,000 CAD, although some exceptions apply.

To apply for a P-Card, visit the Purchasing Card page.

EFTs are recommended for vendors wishing to receive payments directly into their Canadian bank account. Currently, we do not offer EFT payment for non-Canadian bank account holders.

Vendors who prefer this method can request an EFT Registration Form by contacting Once completed, submit the form with a void cheque or bank letter via the Financial Services dropbox at 1 Dundas West, 9th floor.

Information collected by TMU remains confidential and will not be released under any circumstances, unless required by law.

Alternative payment methods

If credit cards are not accepted or if an invoice is not available from your vendor, we offer payment options for both scenarios:

The Self-Service Invoice (SSI) entry process in the Invoice Approval System is appropriate for processing payments less than $5,000 CAD when the TMU Purchasing Card (P-Card) is not accepted by the vendor, although some exceptions apply.

Note this option requires an SSI training session. Find available dates on the HR Learning Events Calendar.

To use the SSI process:

  1. Place an order directly with your vendor and have the vendor’s invoice sent to your department.
  2. If your vendor is new to TMU, please have them complete a Vendor Application Form (external link) . Details from this form will be used to set up the vendor in TMU’s financial systems.
  3. Once goods are received, enter the vendor’s invoice using the self-service invoice (SSI) entry process in the Invoice Approval System (MarkView). Be sure to upload a copy of the vendor’s invoice with your SSI entry prior to submitting for approval.

Invoices entered into SSI will be forwarded for approval and payment once approved. Note the following when using the SSI option:

  • purchase requisitions are not required
  • the vendor must send the invoice directly to the requesting department
  • requests for payment must have the supplier invoice electronically attached prior to being sent to the approver

Two tips when starting the SSI entry process

If SSI entries are new to you, here are two tips that can help you navigate the process:

  1. Most purchases are subject to a 13 per cent HST payment. When submitting your SSI entry, be sure to select a tax code that reflects the applicable taxes listed on the vendor’s invoice. If you need help identifying the correct tax code, please contact Payment Services.
  2. TMU’s payment terms are net 30 days from the invoice date. If you need to check the status of an invoice payment or cancel an entry you submitted, please contact Payment Services.

Cheque requisitions can be submitted when an invoice is not available from the vendor. Examples of such instances include:

  • accountable advance requests (employees only)
  • competition award payments (not under student financial assistance)
  • external donation payments
  • expense reimbursement claims (for employees on term contract and non-employees)
  • fellowship or stipend payments
  • honorarium payments (all non-Canadian currency)
  • membership or subscription renewals
  • refund of deposits or fees
  • registration fees
  • royalty payments
  • sponsorship payments
  • transfer of research funds to other institutions
  • vendor deposit payments (only when stipulated in a signed agreement and there’s no pro-forma invoice)

Note when submitting cheque requisitions, original receipts and/or other backup documents are required to substantiate the payment request. Some purchases require backup documents with each submission, including:

  • airfare expense—submit original receipt and boarding passes
  • restaurant expense for group—submit itemized receipt from restaurant, list of attendees and purpose of meeting
  • accommodations—itemized receipt from hotel

The Cheque Requisition Form generates a new internal tracking number each time you click the form link. Please use a new form for each payee.

Exceptions when using P-Card or SSI for purchases less than $5,000

There are a few scenarios where the P-Card and SSI processes will not apply, even if the cost is less than $5,000 CAD. In such cases, please submit a purchase requisition. These include:

  • paying vendors who are under a blanket PO number;
  • processing payment for purchases where the cost will be split between departments;
  • payments that must be paid via wire payments, i.e. vendors that request payment via wire or a payment in a currency other than Canadian or US funds. 
  • processing any payments related to deposits, accountable advances, or final outstanding balance. Exceptions will be considered and approved, on a case by case basis, by Financial Services.

Check out additional exceptions specific to P-Card and SSI payments:

The TMU P-Card also cannot be used for:
  • Business meals where the cardholder plans to use their RFA per diem
  • Gas purchases where the cardholder plans to use a mileage claim for that trip
  • Tax and duty/border brokerage invoices
  • Tuition fees
  • Professional Services paid to individuals directly (e.g. PayPal directly to an individual’s bank account)
  • Personal expenses
  • Hazardous materials that requires a permit (e.g. Explosives)
  • Cash advances (disabled on card)
  • Loading funds on gift cards for TMU employees to pay for office supplies
  • Internal TMU stores or services. Note there is a tax savings component if the chargeback process is used for purchases from the the TMU Campus Store or TMSU Catering. Taxes may apply if the P-Card is used for inter-department purchases.

The SSI entry method also cannot be used for:

  • Processing payments for a preferred vendor 
  • Processing final payments related to vendor deposits
  • Wire transfer payments or payments in a currency other than Canadian or U.S. dollars