Purchase Card Manual: Cardholder Forms and Training


The following forms are used to administer the purchase card program within the ministries:

  • Request for Card/Card Detail Change FIN113 (PDF) (government access only) – to be used to request a new purchase card or to change an existing purchase card. Requests for new cards must be accompanied by the government purchase card, Acknowledgment of Terms of Use and Consent form. Completed forms are to be sent to the ministry card coordinator. When and employee transfers to a new position within a ministry the card is not cancelled and reissued.  When an employee transfers to a new position in a new ministry the card is cancelled, the employee is transferred to the new ministry and a new card is issued by the new ministry card coordinator.  The exception to this is during a government  reorganization.
  • Government Purchase Card, Acknowledgment of Terms of Use and Consent FIN113A (PDF) (government access only) – to be completed by the cardholder requesting a new purchase card. Completed forms are to be sent to the ministry card coordinator along with the Request for Card/Card Detail Change form. The Acknowledgment describes the responsibilities and obligations regarding the use of the card.
  • Purchase Card Transaction Register forms are available at the OCG Forms Site (government access only) for use by cardholders to log purchases and to automatically determine tax rates, STOB & GST amounts, and the 'zero invoice' summary entry. The form also supports reconciliation of the monthly MasterCard statement transactions and is to be signed off by the expense authority prior to forwarding to accounts payable for processing.
  • Commercial Card Coordinator/Alternate Change Application FIN182 (PDF) (government access only) – to be used to designate a ministry card coordinator. Please note, this form is also used for the travel card coordinator and business transaction account coordinator. Completed forms are to be sent to the Government Card Coordinator.

Card Coordinator’s Checklist

To ensure that cards are issued in accordance with policy and that all the necessary forms are completed and submitted, ministry card coordinators should follow the steps outlined in the purchase card coordinator's checklist.

Before requesting the card:

☐ Have the employee, the expense authority and I signed the Request for Card/Card Detail Change form?

☐ Is the Request for Card/Card Detail Change form complete and accurate?

Before presenting the card to the cardholder:

☐ Has the cardholder read and signed the government purchase card, Acknowledgment of Terms of Use and Consent?

☐ Have I explained the implications of willful misuse of the card?

☐ Does the employee understand the limitations placed on the card (dollar limits, merchant category code restrictions, policies for Internet use, etc.)?

☐ Does the employee understand what purchases may be made with the card, the need for sound purchasing practices and ministry practices regarding purchase authorizations?

☐ Have I provided the employee with a copy of the Purchasse Card Cardholder Information Guide and the ministry procedures?

☐ Does the employee know what to do if the card is lost or stolen and who to call?

☐ Does the employee understand that he or she is to inform me if the card is no longer required due to a change in employment status?

After presenting the card to the cardholder:

☐ Have I instructed the cardholder to signed the card?

☐ Have I discussed appropriate places to keep the card where it is inaccessible to others and won't be confused with personal credit cards?

☐ Does the cardholder know which issues must be brought to my attention, such as theft of the card, unauthorized use of the card by a co-worker or supervisor, items on the statement for which the cardholder has no record?

☐ Have I discussed that government is subject to PST and GST with the cardholder?

☐ Have I discussed ministry specific practices that the employee must be aware of, such as payment procedures, contract payments, requirements for obtaining expense authority, follow-up on phone orders, and changing card limits?

Checklist completed by:

Signature:  ___________________________________                   

Title:  ___________________________________  

Date:  ___________________________________

Purchase Card Training

Ministries are required by policy (Core Policy and Procedures Manual 4.3.19) to ensure that cardholders receive adequate training regarding purchase card policies and practices. Procurement Services Branch has delegated to the chief financial officer the authority to determine which cardholders require purchasing training offered by Procurement Services Branch. The chief financial officer may delegate responsibility for making this determination to other position(s) in the ministry.

In practice, responsibility for ensuring that cardholders are adequately informed regarding purchase card policies and procedures falls to ministry card coordinators. It is recommended that all training should, where possible, be completed before cardholders receive cards. If a cardholder requires Procurement Services Branch purchasing training, the ministry card coordinator is to notify Procurement Services Branch and assist in arranging for the training.

Cardholder training must include the following:

  • The Purchase Card Cardholder Information Guide – as a minimum requirement, all cardholders must read the guide.
  • Ministry specific policies and procedures (which may be incorporated into this manual or attached to the Cardholder Information Guide).

Obtaining Purchase Card Manuals and Necessary Forms

The Purchase Card Cardholder Information Guide and the Purchase Card Manual are available online.


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