MASH Sector - Municipalities, School Boards, Health Regions and Publicly-Funded Post-Secondary Institutions

The procurement rules of the NWPTA apply to the MASH sector where the anticipated costs are at or above the following thresholds:

  • $75,000 or greater for goods
  • $75,000 or greater for services
  • $200,000 or greater for construction

Procurement Exceptions

There are certain exceptions to procurement under the NWPTA, including:

  • Procurement of health and social services, and services provided by lawyers and notaries
  • Purchases from philanthropic institutions, prison labour or persons with disabilities
  • Purchases from a public body or non-profit organization
  • Goods required to respond to an unforeseeable situation of urgency
  • Goods intended for resale to the public

For the complete list, refer to Part V (Exceptions) of the NWPTA.

Bid Protest Mechanism

A bid protest mechanism (BPM) is available for procurements covered by several trade agreements, including the NWPTA. A BPM is an administrative review process which provides suppliers with an independent arbitral process to resolve complaints that a specific procurement by a government entity was not conducted in compliance with the rules of one or more agreements.

Land Use

Land-use measures (e.g., zoning decisions) are excluded from the NWPTA, provided they treat persons/businesses from the NWPTA provinces the same.

Business Licensing

Under the NWPTA, the reconciliation of local government business licensing processes between municipalities is currently voluntary.

Frequently Asked Questions

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