If you are a vendor or contractor selling to governments, the NWPTA establishes low thresholds above which government entities are obligated to have open and non-discriminatory procurement. This provides additional bid opportunities to vendors looking to supply governments in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The procurement rules of the NWPTA  apply to all British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan government entities as outlined below under (a) through (c).

(a) The NWPTA applies to provincial government procurement. It requires open and non-discriminatory procurement where the anticipated costs are at or above the following thresholds:

  • $10,000 or greater for goods
  • $75,000 or greater for services
  • $100,000 or greater for construction

(b) The NWPTA applies to the procurement of provincial Crown corporations, government owned commercial enterprises and other entities that are owned or controlled by an NWPTA provincial government. It requires open and non-discriminatory procedures where the anticipated costs are at or above the following thresholds:

  • $25,000 or greater for goods
  • $100,000 or greater for services
  • $100,000 or greater for construction

 (c) The NWPTA applies to procurement by municipalities, school boards, health regions and publicly-funded post-secondary institutions (the MASH sector) as well as corporations or entities owned or controlled by one of the preceding. It requires open and non-discriminatory procurement 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

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

  • 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.

How to Access Procurement Opportunities
Vendors can access these procurement opportunities through the procurement websites of each Party:

British Columbia -- Registration, Identification, Selection and Performance (RISP)
- for engineering, technical and environmental consulting services

Alberta -- Vendor Registry for Architectural and Engineering Services (VRAES)

Saskatchewan -- SaskTenders

Bid Protest Mechanism
As of July 1, 2015, a bid protest mechanism allows suppliers in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to challenge a specific procurement conducted by a public entity in any of these jurisdictions where the supplier believes the procurement was not conducted in compliance with the procurement obligations of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA).
For more detailed information, click here.

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