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Work with us

Welcome to BC Ferries' Business Opportunities information page.

Supply Chain Management has a team of knowledgeable staff responsible for procurement, contract, inventory and logistics activities. In addition, the company blends the benefits of central purchasing, inventory and logistics with decentralized access through the use of Material Coordinators strategically located throughout the fleet, which results in the ability to leverage centralized strategies while allowing for regionalized daily maintenance.

When the company posts a new competition or updates an existing one, notifications will be posted on this site. If you’re a vendor looking to bid on business opportunities with us, you can:
 

Purchasing guidelines

The purchasing guidelines of British Columbia Ferry Services are based on sound business principles coupled with industry best practices intended to foster the best value of resources and fiscal responsibility. Vendors who wish to supply goods and services to BC Ferries are invited to review our listing of current projects or to contact the Purchasing department:

phone: (604) 204-2221
email: supplychain@bcferries.com

Generally, phone quotations are sought for purchases of goods and services up to $25,000 and formal competitive bids are sought for purchases in excess of this value. Exceptions may occur if considered to be in the best interest of BC Ferries.
 

Doing business with BC Ferries' Retail department

Our 17 Passages retail stores are located on 17 vessels and are managed by the Retail Services Division of BC Ferries (Retail department). If you are interested in doing business with us, please view our procurement requirements.

Supplier requirements  
All suppliers must meet our Purchase Order Agreement Terms and Conditions. The requirements will be reviewed with suppliers in detail by the BC Ferries Retail department.
Contractor safety requirements
Special requirements    

Please direct any Passages onboard inventory or merchandising concerns to the Retail department:

Line 1: 250-655-6177
Line 2: 250-655-6157
Fax: 250-656-9788

Note: Please do not direct merchandising questions to the crew on board.

Supplier sample process     
Supplier samples will be held for three months. If the samples are not claimed within three months, they will be donated to charity. You can send samples to the Buyer of the Retail department.

Note: BC Ferries Retail department is not responsible for returning any samples.
Barcodes
  1. All products must be barcoded by the supplier
  2. Barcode format must be UPC and include leading and check digits (13 or 14 digit). Barcodes and white price tags for pre-pricing product for BC Ferries must indicate the retail price as well as the barcode.
  3. Prior to purchase order confirmation, suppliers must submit a physical sample of the correct UPC barcode and BC Ferries retail price
  4. Incorrectly priced or incorrectly barcoded products will be returned freight collect and de-listed at the option of BC Ferries with no penalty to BC Ferries
  5. Changes to barcodes must be submitted to the Retail Administrative Assistant 30 days prior to changes taking effect via fax at 250-656-9788
  6. Suppliers can discuss barcode details with the Retail Administrative Assistant at 250-655-6177

Barcode information & registry contact
Electronic Commerce Council of Canada: 1-800-567-7084
Statement of factory conditions - offshore manufacturing  
BC Ferries Retail department requires a signed statement of factory conditions for items manufactured off shore. The statement should detail that factory conditions meet safety requirements, employees have safe and proper working conditions, no child labour is used, and employees are paid fairly.
Listing a book from BC in Passages
If you want to list a BC Book in Passages, our retail store on board ferries, contact our contractor "TNG-Canada" for listing requirements at booksubmissions@tng.com