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B.C. government making changes to procurement process

System to be modernized to removes barriers for small, medium and Indigenous businesses


July 3, 2018
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—The British Columbia government is changing the system it uses to buy, sell and advertise for public services and projects.

Citizens’ Services Minister Jinny Sims says the system is being modernized to removes barriers for small, medium and Indigenous businesses.

The government spends $6 billion annually on goods and services, which includes everything from wildfire management to the maintenance and construction of bridges and roads.

Sims says the new procurement policy will focus on local firms while also meeting the province’s trade obligations.

Sims says more than 200 representatives from the technology, construction and economic sectors participated in the development of the new system.