Procurement Services, part of Shared Services BC (SSBC), helps its clients in the Province and the broader public sector to obtain the best rates, terms and conditions when buying goods, services and/or construction. Its main services include:
- Goods Procurement to select vendors and issue purchase orders to the bidder offering the best value for specified goods.
- Consulting and Advisory Services for advice and assistance from experienced procurement specialists and other professionals to select vendors for a wide range of services and strategic arrangements that ensures best value to customers in a fair, open and transparent manner. Note that ministries should first direct any procurement-related questions to their own ministry procurement specialists before contacting Procurement Services.
- Information Technology / Information Management Procurement where dedicated resources are available to lead or assist with IT/IM projects, negotiate contracts for IT/IM services, and advise on software licensing agreements.
- BC Bid for opportunities to bid on government contracts, including advance notice of contract opportunities. This is the provincial government’s electronic sourcing solution where requests for proposal, invitations to quote and other opportunities are listed.
- Advice for vendors on how to sell to government, use the BC Bid website, including how to find opportunities and how to sign up for e-Notification and e-Bidding.
In addition to the services noted above, Procurement Services is responsible for or can assist with any of the following:
- Goods and Services Catalogue to obtain the government discount rates on frequently purchased goods and services.
- Green Procurement with suggested language that can be used for solicitations and in evaluations of submissions.
- Purchasing and Travel Cards to streamline the payment process for employee travel and small-dollar transactions.
- Procurement Training and Development to learn about available training designed to build capacity in all areas of the procurement lifecycle.
- Customized Ministry and Vendor Training to support unique procurement projects, to ensure bid results deliver value, and to build capacity in procurement expertise.
- Procurement Community of Practice to connect with other public sector procurement professionals and to learn more about good procurement practice.
- Vendor and Ministry Outreach Sessions to engage in conversations across the province on how to improve government procurement.
Procurement Services Fee Structure
Procurement Services operates as a cost-recoverable entity within the Province. Fees are charged for a variety of services that they provide. Learn more about Procurement Services fee structure.
Shared Services BC
Procurement Services, part of Shared Services BC (SSBC), supports government as the lead agency for procuring and supplying the technology, accommodation, products and services required by government and the broader public sector to provide services to the people of British Columbia.