Certification can open new doors for your business
Why IWSCC for Diverse Suppliers
In addition to certification, the IWSCC provides best practices, research and other tools to allow disabled and/or Veteran owned enterprises to improve their competitive positioning in the market. Our Certified Suppliers have access to networking and educational events that are geared to increase opportunities for growth.
The IWSCC will assist disabled and Veteran owned enterprises how to best respond to the procurement needs of large private and public-sector organizations.
Who we are :
The Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC) is a non profit certifying council that connects disabled and Veteran owned businesses with corporations, public sector, and governments that understand and appreciate the many benefits of engaging with diverse suppliers.
What we do :
The Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada certifies firms owned by Veterans and/or persons with disabilities. Qualifying businesses are at least 51% owned, managed and /or controlled by one or more persons with a disability, or one or more Veterans.
IWSCC Certification applies a rigorous review process to certify potential diverse suppliers. The intent is to ensure they meet with requirements of the purchasing organizations. This will enhance the opportunity for disabled and/or Veteran owned businesses to competitively engage in procurement processes and ensure they are well represented.
Getting certified is the most important step in being recognized as a Diverse Supplier. Once certification is achieved, you’ll qualify to bid on work that might otherwise have been unavailable to you. Certification does not mean that you’ll automatically be awarded contracts, but it may just give you the edge you need through introductions, awareness and relationship building.
The process of certification is rigorous, but the integrity of our approval is invaluable to the procurement community and can lead to the growth of your business. For Veteran-owned and/or disabled-owned businesses, certification is well worth your time and attention to the details of the application and verification process.
Our audit process is designed to verify 51% or more ownership, management, control and independence by a Veteran(S) and/or a disabled person(s). It consists of:
- Business verification and owner ID(s) resumes
- Legal documentation proving Veteran status and/or disability
- Corporate organizational structure
- Operational Management
- Financial Statements and CCRA NOA status
- Site Visit
The IWSCC Certification process is intuitively designed to make the process as simplified as possible. We have a staff member dedicated to assisting with the process.
Once a business owner has made the decision that certification is a good fit, a certification application is completed. The completed certification application, along with required supporting documentation is then submitted to the IWSCC. The business is reviewed initially by the certification committee and then a site visit is scheduled. Once the site visit is complete, the certification committee does a final review and takes a vote. The business owner is advised of the results within five business days.
Every measure is taken to ensure business owners understand the process and requirements for certification, to limit rejection. Membership is subject to a review (re-certification) annually to ensure ownership remains diverse.