BC Bid Replacement Project Updates

Between June 15, 2015 and September 30, 2015, the B.C. government asked for public feedback on the replacement BC Bid system through the OpenHub website. This engagement tool was designed to gather input on the detailed technology requirements that were documented earlier in the project. The requirements were developed through workshops with ministry staff and the broader public sector, and reflect government's best understanding of what the public sector needs from procurement technology. Public feedback has helped the Province understand whether it is asking for the right things, and whether or not they exist in the marketplace.

November 2015 - MNP LLP completed a Public Sector Procurement Research report to gain a greater understanding of the needs of broader public sector users of any future system and to inform a potential competitive process for the source-to-contract solution.

February 2016 - A request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued and four vendors were pre-qualified to participate in the Negotiated Request for Proposals (NRFP) process.

Winter 2016/17 - Province puts the project on hold to further evaluate the procurement opportunity.

March 2017 - Province cancels the RFQ procurement and determines that project will move forward in a new direction.

April 2017 - New scope for the project is defined where the Province formerly removes the contract management and supplier management components for the replacement system.

May/June 2017 - New NRFP is prepared with reduced scope

January 2018 - New NRFP launched

Estimated Timelines

  • January 2017 - Issued NRFP solicitation
  • Winter 2017/spring 2018 - NRFP process and negotiations
  • Summer 2018 - Planning phase
  • Winter 2018 - Implementation phase
  • March 2019 - Launch of new BC Bid

Visit the Question and Answer Forum to submit a question and view recent comments on the project.


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