Released on March 27, 2015
The government is taking decisive action through the new Procurement Transformation Action Plan to ensure there is an open, fair and transparent bidding environment for Saskatchewan businesses, and that taxpayers receive best value.
“Our government is committed to ensuring Saskatchewan businesses are treated fairly, respectfully, and consistently,” Minister responsible for SaskBuilds Gordon Wyant said. “We are taking immediate action to ensure there is a level playing field for local businesses and to ensure contracting is strategic so taxpayers get the best possible value.”
The action plan’s initiatives are based on input from more than 140 Saskatchewan businesses, associations, municipalities, colleges and universities, and other government partners.
“The plan looks at procurement from all angles,” Wyant said. “Everything was on the table from simplifying documentation and language, to awarding contracts on best value versus lowest cost, and ensuring we use all available room in the trade agreements to benefit Saskatchewan businesses.”
“This is a bold plan based on Canadian best practices,” Saskatoon Meewasin MLA and Legislative Secretary for Priority Saskatchewan Roger Parent said. “Priority Saskatchewan will lead the implementation of the plan and will continue to consult with Saskatchewan businesses and our broader government partners.”
Priority Saskatchewan, a division of SaskBuilds, was created in June 2014 to lead a cross-government and Crown corporation review of current procurement practices and implementing improvements on an ongoing basis.
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