Priority Saskatchewan sets proper procurement guidelines
A Saskbuilds spokesperson provided the following statement regarding public and Crown sector procurement and Saskatchewan and local supplier content on public projects.
“The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to ensuring that local companies have the opportunity to compete in and win contracts fairly. That’s why Priority Saskatchewan was launched in June of 2014.
Priority Saskatchewan developed a procurement transformation action plan which was released in March of 2015 as a result of broad consultation with Saskatchewan’s business community, suppliers and industry. The plan continues to enjoy industry support including Chambers of Commerce, the Saskatchewan Construction Association, the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association and the North Saskatoon Business Association.
The action plan has improved how we award contracts, including the implementation of Best Value in procurement legislation which ensures that “Best Value” is the new basis for awarding contracts (rather than simply lowest price), which can take into account factors like quality, supplier experience and knowledge of local conditions.
Priority Saskatchewan is actively engaged with the Saskatchewan supplier community, and with Crowns to ensure the Crowns are familiar with the goods and services Saskatchewan suppliers can provide, and so that suppliers are familiar with procurement needs of our province’s Crown sector.
In fact, the Chinook Power Station project has recently achieved $125 million in Saskatchewan supplier content – a significant milestone.
We consider “local” companies to be those that keep an office, hire workers and pay taxes in Saskatchewan. The location of their head office/suites is not the determinant. This definition was proposed by industry during consultations.
With respect to P3s, we know that P3s support local businesses and local jobs. 255 Saskatchewan-based companies have been involved in the four P3 projects so far – that’s 70 per cent of all business involved:
· Regina Bypass: 106 Saskatchewan-based companies; · Joint-use Schools: 73 Saskatchewan-based companies;
· The Meadows (Swift Current long-term care centre): 54 Saskatchewan-based companies;
· Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford: 31 Saskatchewan-based companies;
Saskatchewan’s P3 projects have created more than 12,000 jobs during a time of low resource prices.”