In 1974, the Halton Co-operative Purchasing Group was established. It is comprised of various publicly funded agencies within the Region of Halton. The group is charged with the task of assuring that all group contracts called on behalf of the membership are managed in a professional and ethical manner.

The Halton Co-operative Purchasing Group was created to maximize value for all municipal ratepayers by working co-operatively to promote efficiency and economy in the areas of purchasing and materials management. It emphasizes communication, standardization and resource sharing. Award of an HCPG bid takes the form of a contract between the successful vendor and each of the individual agencies.

Control of ordering, scheduling and payment against each contract is retained by the individual purchasing agency. The designated agency responsible for calling HCPG bids is decided on a group basis.

All agency members have endorsed the concept of co-operative purchasing through their continued participation in the group. Considerable dollar savings have been realized, product standardization has occurred and a sharing of product knowledge and specifications freely exists between agencies on a daily basis. Management meetings are held monthly to monitor activities relative to the strategic plan.

Each year, the Halton Co-operative Purchasing Group sets a Business Plan, a list of commodities which have been, or will be, procured co-operatively.