Who Uses BC Bid
Learn about the various organizations that post opportunities to BC Bid, the range of goods and services that these entities procure, and how to find out about current and upcoming opportunities.
For opportunities that meet or exceed the thresholds established by trade agreements, ministries publish opportunity notices and distribute solicitation documents on BC Bid (visit Ministries for a list of all provincial ministries). More than 400 other public sector organizations use the application BC Bid to advertise their procurement opportunities for a wide range of goods, services and construction. These entities include local governments, school districts, Crown Corporations, post-secondary institutions, health authorities, tribunals, advisory organizations, libraries and art galleries.
The items procured by these organizations fall under the three main headings of “Goods”, “Services”, and “Construction, Hydroelectric and Public Works”, each of which have many sub-categories. Visit BC Bid and “Browse for Bid Opportunities” to view all the commodity sub-categories.
With such diverse users, BC Bid has hundreds of postings at any given time; however, you should read all opportunities that interest you carefully as procurement templates, policies and procedures can vary amongst those that use BC Bid. Downloadable guides for vendors are available through BC Bid that may assist you when responding to opportunities.
To learn about current opportunities, you can subscribe to the optional email notification service on BC Bid. This service costs $100 plus tax for a one-year subscription. After specifying categories of interest, emails are sent daily to highlight new opportunities and amendments that match the vendor profile you establish. For an additional $150, you can also subscribe to the eBidding service, which will allow you to electronically submit a response to those opportunities posted on BC Bid that allow for this option. Note that not all opportunities permit eBidding; be sure to carefully review each to find out if eBidding is allowed.
To learn about potential upcoming opportunities, review the Contract Opportunities Advance Notice list. This provides a list of known supply arrangements and their expiry dates, and is updated quarterly.