The NWPTA contains two types of dispute mechanisms:

1. Dispute Resolution Mechanism

When a person or a government (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) believes one of the NWPTA provinces is not abiding by its obligations under the NWPTA, the dispute resolution mechanism provides a formal means to resolve such complaints.  This mechanism is available for all complaints under the NWPTA except those pertaining to a specific procurement. 

For Manitoba, there are some specific areas called “Transitional Measures” that will not be covered by the NWPTA - and therefore not subject to dispute resolution - until after the specified transition time is completed. A list of these areas and the dates that they will become part of the Agreement can be found at Key Dates.

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FAQs

Provincial Appointees to NWPTA Disputes Roster

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba

Supplementary Dispute Documents

2. Bid Protest Mechanism

The bid protest mechanism is an administrative review process which provides suppliers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with a fast and simple way to resolve complaints that specific procurements by government entities were not conducted in compliance with the Agreement (i.e., in an open, transparent and non-discriminatory manner).

Specific procurements will become actionable by January 1, 2019 when procured by Manitoba Crown corporations, government-owned commercial enterprises and other entities that are owned or controlled by the government through ownership interest; regional; local; district or other forms of municipal government; school divisions or publicly-funded academic, health and social service entities, as well as any corporation owned or controlled by one or more of the preceding entities.

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FAQs

Provincial appointees to NWTPA Bid Protest Roster

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba

Bid Protest Arbiters’ Reports

PMH Insights Inc. and Parkland County, Arbiter’s Final Report, April 5, 2017



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