Procurement Policies and Trade Agreements
- The Ontario government’s procurement policies require that:
- Goods contracts valued at $25,000 or more and service and construction contracts valued at $100,000 or more must use open competition.
- Consulting contracts, of any value, must use competitive tendering.
- Open competitive procurements are advertised by the Ontario government.
- Ministries and agencies must use an electronic tendering system to advertise any open competitive procurements of goods valued at $25,000 or more and services valued at $100,000 or more. All ministries use BravoSolution as their designated electronic tendering system.
- The Ontario government has made procurement commitments under two trade agreements – the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between Ontario and Quebec and the Agreement on Internal Trade – so that Ontario vendors can access public procurement contracts and other business opportunities across Canada. To ensure Ontario vendors have equal access to opportunities outside Ontario, the Ontario government does not apply any local preferences in its procurements.
- The Ontario government encourages environmentally responsible purchases. Environmental factors are given consideration in procurement decisions for all contracts worth more than $10,000.
- Ministries must comply with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and its standards when acquiring goods, services and facilities.
- Ontario government employees managing procurements and contracts are not allowed to receive a benefit of any kind, directly or indirectly, from any vendor. Vendors must not have any conflict of interest that may give them an unfair advantage in bidding on government contracts.
- The Ontario government is committed to open, fair and transparent procurement processes. Vendors bidding on Ontario government contracts may request debriefings to understand how their proposal was evaluated and to learn how to improve their future proposals.