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York Public Buyers Co-operative

The Town of East Gwillimbury is a member of the York Purchasing Co-operative. The co-operative helps foster the effective management of common procurement activities of its member agencies. 


The York Purchasing Co-operative (the “Co-op”) began in 1990 as a group of four public agencies. The founding agencies were the Town of Richmond Hill, Town of Markham, Town of Aurora, and City of Vaughan. Over the years, membership has grown to 14 members and now represents a wide cross-section of public entities in the York Region.  Additional information regarding the York Purchasing Cooperative and bid opportunities may be found at

Why Buy Co-operatively?

Membership is a win-win situation. Every agency benefits from the efforts of all. Agencies realize savings by combining individual requirements and seeking bids for larger volumes of goods and services. One agency (often with another partner) takes the lead and awards the bid on behalf of the group. This eliminates the workload which would normally be done by each agency.

Members look for innovative solutions to joint public procurement problems. Our efforts over the years have earned the respect and trust of the supply chain community, senior management within each agency, and elected officials in York Region.

Goals and Objective

The goals and objectives of the Co-op are:

1. To promote ethics, ownership and unity to all member agencies through participation in all Co-op activities;

2. To achieve maximum savings through increased purchasing volume;

3. To maximize procurement efficiency through the elimination of duplication of effort;

4. To maximize and promote effectiveness through standardization;

5. To continue to inform member agencies through education, information sharing, and communication of current issues;

6. To establish and promote a high standard of professional conduct.