At its July 2016 meeting, City Council adopted recommendations to revise the City’s Purchasing By-law and Procurement Processes Policy. See the staff report.

Effective January 1, 2017, the revised bylaw and policy will allow for the City to:

  • prepare for upcoming trade agreements legislated by the provincial and federal governments
  • improve clarity in the Purchasing By-law
  • align with provincial procurement directives that ensure procurement processes within the public sector are consistent, fair and transparent
  • reinforce an ethical procurement process with suppliers who do business with the City

Some of the changes to the Purchasing By-law and Procurement Processes Policy include:

  • providing more notice of an upcoming procurement to the vendor community (a Notice of Intended Procurement)
  • revisions to the dispute process
  • the addition of a Supplier Code of Conduct
  • providing opportunity for suppliers to debrief with the City after an unsuccessful bid

More information about the changes can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions below. You can also view the City’s Purchasing By-law, and the Procurement Processes Policy for more details.