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Selling to CP

Enrolling with Ariba

Canadian Pacific Railway (“CP”) is streamlining procurement and accounts payable processes by partnering with SAP Ariba to support our end-to-end supply chain processes.

Impacted CP suppliers can expect an email with more details of this initiative. To learn more about the ongoing program in the interim, please see CP’s Supplier Information Portal

CP suppliers have the choice to do business with CP using one of two Ariba account types (Standard and Enterprise). Suppliers are not required to enroll with a particular type of account, however, CP may recommend transacting under a fee-based Enterprise account due to historical volume of transactions in some cases. Click here for more information on account types.

What we buy

CP purchases a wide variety of goods and services from suppliers across North America and beyond. Below are the goods and services currently purchased and consumed at CP. 

If you are interested in becoming a supplier to CP, you may contact our supply chain team through our Strategic Procurement & Supply Contact Form.

Corporate Services

Goods and services for human resources, law & risk management, finance, occupational health services, marketing & sales, corporate travel (including hotel, car rental & air)  and office services (including printing services, storage services, courier & shipping services).


Goods and services for facilities management & maintenance, building & office needs, leases, public utilities including water, gas & electricity and crew transportation & accommodation.


Locomotive diesel fuel and fuel delivery and logistics services, lubricants, greases, propane, miscellaneous petrochemical products and locomotive sand.

Information Technology

Information technology and telecommunication goods and services including computer software, technological hardware (including desktop and printers), telecommunication goods & services, technology consulting services and outsourced services.

Intermodal & Automotive

Third-party services and equipment for intermodal trucking, intermodal terminal operations, and automotive terminal operations.


Goods and services associated with maintenance, repair & operations, shop supplies and other miscellaneous goods.

Operations Services

Crew transportation, wreck services, transportation and environmental services.


Track materials, track equipment & services, construction, facilities construction, design & specialized services, engineering consulting services, signals & communication materials, signals & communication equipment & services, work equipment & related materials/services and vehicle acquisition, parts & maintenance.

Rolling Stock

Locomotives, railcars, rolling stock components & associated maintenance/reconditioning services, cleaning & inspection services.


The suitability of a new supplier, product or service for CP is assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Quality and service enhancements 
  • Improved dependability
  • Capacity constraints with current suppliers and need for alternate suppliers
  • Cost advantages
  • Technological improvements in service and performance
  • Improved competition
  • Record of supplier

Each service or product will be evaluated on an individual basis where applicable.  Suppliers must satisfy CP's Supplier Quality Certification Standard before being certified as an approved vendor. Certification does not automatically guarantee approval from CP for a specific service or product. For more information on standards and technical certification, contact the relevant sourcing manager or engineer.

The satisfaction of our suppliers is very important to us and the early identification of potential problems and open discussion is encouraged to minimize disruptions or losses to either party. The ability of our suppliers to give and maintain low prices consistent with quality and service is also integral to the CP supplier selection process.​


CP recognizes that our supply chain is not only critical to our operations but is also a critical component to achieving our corporate sustainability objectives and as such we are dedicated to partnering with economically, socially and environmentally responsible suppliers. 

As part of this commitment, we have introduced a Supplier Code of Conduct which outlines the principles for how we will improve visibility within our supply chain and drive accountability with you our suppliers on environmental, social and governance.