Electronic Plans Rooms
TCA's Electronic Plans Room (EPR) service known as Bestbidz can be added to your basic membership at any time, this service provides TCA members with round-the-clock online access to construction projects. An easy to use platform that allows members to retrieve plans, specs and addenda anytime, from anywhere with virtual and phone support available.
To meet the growing demands of the industry, In an effort to provie you with even more project opportunities, TCA has partnered with other Local Construction Associations (LCA)’s to give you online access through our Bestbidz platform to numerous construction projects across Ontario - which means you get centralized access and equal opportunity to projects throughout Ontario across the province.
For questions about adding our Electronic Plans Room Service BestBidz to your TCA membership or for any other help with our electronic plans room service, please contact one of our plans room team members:
Already a TCA member and want to login to BestBidz – login here.
What is the Electronic Plans Room (EPR) / BestBidz?
TCA’s electronic plans room (EPR) service known as BestBidz provides around-the-clock, unlimited online access to hundreds of province-wide electronic construction project drawings, specifications and addenda at your convenience.
How much does the this service cost?
TCA's electronic plans room service known as Bestbidz is available at an additional cost. Please contact us directly to learn more about our electronic plans room pricing.
Do I need to be a TCA member to use the electronic plans room BestBidz service?
Why is the electronic plans rooms service known as BestBidz better than other plans room serivce providers?
Other electronic plans room service providers often charge additional fees for access to certain projects in addition to your regular monthly or annual fees - we do not.
Members can save projects they are intersted in and will automatically receive email notifications of all updates to those projects without having to manually check for changes.
Our electonic plans room service Best Bidz offers a “Request Project Feature” option where you can request deatils on a specific project not listed and we will try our best to get you project information. (Please note certain conditions may apply).
Our electonic plans room service BestBidz allows you to keep track of who won a particular project; you can also export a Project Bulletin (Project Information List and Post Tender Report) online.
Our project documents are sorted by type and include helpful descriptions of the project; they are also available in PDF and TIFF formats.
How do I get access to BestBidz?
As TCA members you can add this service into your membership. Our Plans Room Staff will create your EPR username and temporary password by email. Each member company is eligible to register up to ten (10) users with the TCA EPR.
What should I do if I’m having trouble logging in?
TCA will have provided you with a user account and temporary password at the start of your membership. If your log in information does not appear to be working, please use the ‘recover password’ option.
If you are still unable to log in after double checking your user information and resetting your password, please contact us.
Please also ensure that your browser is Windows XP or higher and Internet Explorer 7 or a more recent upgrade in order to view files online.
Are there any technical requirements?
Operating systems: Windows, MacOS, Linux
High Speed Internet with the latest version of one of the following internet browsers:
- Internet Explorer , Mozilla (Firefox), Chrome, Safari
The minimum browser requirements to view files online are Internet Explorer 7 and Windows XP. Note that each downloaded drawing will take up approximately 1MB of space.
Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5 or newer) & Java Virtual Machine (JVM 1.6 or newer)
How do I search for project?
Use the “keyword” search tool to browse through all relevant projects. You can also run a keyword search within the specs of a project, for example you could search inside Division 9 for “epoxy”.
If you are having trouble locating a specific project, simply use our “Project Request Feature” OR please contact one of our plans room team members
How will I know when NEW projects are available?
Get a customized email sent to you every day notifying you about projects relevant to your line of work.
A detailed Projects List is accessible to all BestBidz users and can be emailed to you.
If you do not want to receive daily email notifications, simply update your account settings.
Can I access the EPR from TCA’s regular plans room locations?
Yes, for your convenience, BestBidz Viewing Stations are available in our Richmond Hill and Mississauga locations during our regular business hours. For directions to our facilities, click here.
We also have staff who are available on site to assist you with any questions or concerns.
Will I still be able to access BestBidz after my TCA membership expires?
Access to our electonic plans through BestBidz is contingent on membership. All members will be notified when their membership is approaching its expiration date.