Innovative Procurement Initiatives
A New Approach to Procurement
Each year, the Province spends close to $7 billion on goods, services and construction. It is in the interest of British Columbians that public sector procurement delivers high quality products and services for the people of B.C. The BC Procurement Strategy was introduced to make it easier for businesses to access opportunities.
BC Procurement Strategy
Released in 2018, the BC Procurement Strategy aims to modernize government procurement by:
- Enabling better access to procurement opportunities for small, medium and large businesses;
- Making it easier for companies to do business with government;
- Providing best value and increased benefit for people by promoting innovation and improving social, Indigenous and environmental outcomes; and
- Enhancing procurement capacity within government.
The Province has been and continues to introduce a number of new initiatives to help achieve the Strategy goals and embrace market driven innovation including:
BC Developers’ Exchange
BC Developers’ Exchange makes it easier for the BC public and tech sectors to innovate and collaborate on digital products and services. This is an open network of developers, app builders, startups and public-sector innovators working collaboratively on software challenges, while seeding business opportunities for BC tech companies. Developers work on digital products that improve public services, and BC tech entrepreneurs find code and application programing interfaces (APIs) to grow their business.
BC Startup in Residence (STIR) Program
Modeled after San Francisco’s successful program, the B.C. Startup in Residence (STIR) program connects tech startups with provincial government business areas to collaboratively and iteratively develop technology-based solutions for public-sector challenges within a 16-week timeframe.
Procurement Concierge Program
The Procurement Concierge Program has been designed to match government buyers with vendors’ innovative solutions to make it easier for businesses of all sizes to do business with government, to improve government operations, and to realize increased benefits to British Columbians by using procurement strategically. It includes both advanced marketing tools to assist with planning what to buy, as well as a streamlined solicitation model. It can be used to acquire any type of goods and services and is particularly helpful for those industries that change frequently, have had recent new innovations, or for those times when the government buyer isn’t sure what would best meet the need.