Pri­or­ity Saskatchewan sets proper pro­cure­ment guide­lines

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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.”

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