Published On: Thursday, 07 December 2017

Government Seeks Developers for B.C. Bid Upgrade

Government Seeks Developers for B.C. Bid Upgrade
The familiar interface of B.C. Bid will change as of 2019. The provincial government is calling for bids to upgrade the 20-year-old procurement portal.

BC - After 20 years, the Government of British Columbia procurement portal needs updating.

A recently posted negotiated request for proposals (NRFP) by the Ministry of Citizens' Services (document SBPT-05) is looking for submissions to update the B.C. Bid system with a focus on improved transparency and better access so more companies, especially small- and medium-sized ones, can do business with government, announced Minister of Citizens’ Services Jinny Sims.

Sims noted the B.C. Bid application is 20 years old and it is time to bring it up to date. By making the system more nimble and user friendly, Sims hopes to make it easier for all companies, especially small- and medium-sized ones, to do business with government,

Updating B.C. Bid is the first step in overhauling the government’s approach to procurement and will help ensure that companies from every region of British Columbia have an opportunity to compete for the Province’s business.

The provincial government has relied on the current online process since 1996. Government is seeking new, innovative ways to engage and work with B.C. contractors and companies. Sims said the updated B.C. Bid will ensure ease of access and improved transparency in the procurement process.

Companies able to provide a new, automated procurement application with standardized processes are encouraged to participate.

Goals of the upgrade are to:

  • Offer a modern user experience on a reliable application;
  • Save time, reduce complexity and increase the number of vendors competing for and ultimately winning B.C. government contracts; and
  • Make it easier for companies to do business with the B.C. government.

Bids can be submitted until Jan. 26, 2018. After the process closes, the government will take time to thoroughly review the applicants and determine the best fit for British Columbians. The new is expected to be launched in 2019.