About Us

Since 1976

In 1976, a great idea was born. Several independent office supply Dealers gathered together to share a dream. They agreed that by working together - pooling their resources and buying power - they could each grow their businesses and become dominant forces in their markets without sacrificing their independence or responsibility to their communities.

Canada's largest network of independent office supply Dealers

Over the next few years, the eleven founders actively recruited other members. Today, Basics® boasts over 65 locations across Canada, coast to coast. Many things have changed since 1976, but our Dealers' commitment to Canadian business is as strong as ever.

We build relationships

Basics® Office Products Dealers take your business seriously. That's because they live and work in the same communities as you. Their business decisions affect more than just the bottom line, they affect their neighbourhoods, too. That's why you can be sure of their commitment to their customers and the health of their communities.



The Basics® Experts

Introducing the Basics®  Experts. They're small in size, but big on advice! Throughout our catalogue, flyers and the Frequently Asked Questions page of this website, you'll find them dispensing valuable tips and tricks to make your buying decisions easier.

    Norm Knowsitt™ FAQ Expert Pippa Clip™ Basics Brand Expert Kenny Canuck™ Canadian  Expert Ella Green™ EPP Expert  Officer Shield™ Security Expert
    Norm Knowsitt Pippa Clip Kenny Canuck Ella Green Officer Shield
    FAQ Expert Basics Brand Expert Canadian  Expert EPP Expert Security Expert