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bids and tenders

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board uses bids&tenders to post projects within the board or to inquire about current market suppliers. This service makes it easy for you to review, register and submit bids for goods and services online, 24/7. With a subscription, you have access to bid on our board's opportunities, as well as thousands of other bids from across North America. Bid documents will be posted on bids&tenders™ for viewing and downloading and all bids will be electronic. Bid documents posted before this date will be available on Biddingo.

Learn more about bids&tenders™ by registering for their free webinar demo. This demo provides a tutorial about how to create a vendor account; explore the vendor dashboard; view and find bid opportunities; submit and withdraw a bid; and manage your bid history.

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Please visit the FAQ below for more information.

Do I need to subscribe to bids&tenders™?

Although you are able to see all open bids on bids&tenders™ without a subscription, you will need to subscribe in order to download bid documents and receive notifications about new Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board bid opportunities. 

Once you have subscribed, you can make unlimited bids without paying additional fees during the year.

How much does it cost to subscribe?

You are able to see all open bids without a subscription. An unlimited subscription is available which provides unlimited bids throughout the year and access to all agencies using bids&tenders™ in Canada.

Please visit  for annual and pay-per-bid pricing.

*Please note, other purchasing agencies may charge their own individual bid submission fee.

What does my subscription include?

An unlimited subscription includes:

  • unlimited bids throughout the year
  • access to hundreds of purchasing agencies and thousands of bids across North America, including:
    • government
    • education/school boards
    • energy
    • police
    • health organizations
  • What tools does bids&tenders™ offer?

    Some of the benefits of a subscription to the service include:
    • 100% electronic submission
    • A secure, custom dashboard
    • Category selection, so you only see the bids you want
    • Automated email notifications of new bid opportunities, including addenda
    • Automated confirmation when your bid has been submitted, received, or withdrawn
    • Ability to work on a bid, save your work, and see the bid closing countdown in real time
    • Ability to withdraw and change your bid, then resubmit if desired
    • Built-in calculator that does the math for you, eliminating calculation errors
    • Built-in compliancy checker so your bids are not rejected for incomplete information
    • Built-in reminders sent to you if a bid has been started but not submitted


    What current bid opportunities does SMCDSB have?

    All current bid opportunities are posted below and on

    Does SMCDSB participate in co-operative purchasing?

    The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board participates in the following co-operative purchasing ventures (buying groups):

    • Catholic School Board Services Association (CSBSA)

    • Georgian Bay Area Public Purchasing Co-operative (GBAPPC)

    • Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO)

    • Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (OECM)

    • Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)

    • Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGS)

    For all other inquiries about
     bids&tenders™, please direct an email to:

    Email address:  [email protected]

    Subject line:     bids&tenders inquiry