The City of Saskatoon is committed to meeting the needs of our stakeholders through open, fair, and transparent procurement processes that afford equal access to all qualified suppliers, and to the maintenance of public trust through adherence to our procurement principles.
City Council approved the adoption of a new purchasing policy at its October 22, 2018 meeting. The new policy takes effect on December 1, 2018, and reflects best practices for public procurement and draws on criteria from federal and provincial procurement rules. It uses ‘best value’ rather than lowest price in the procurement of civic goods and services for the City of Saskatoon.
The new purchasing policy brings the City’s policy into compliance with the following trade treaty obligations:
- New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA)
- Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
- Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
With an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and transparency, the City conducted a procurement review in 2018 providing engagement opportunities for external and internal stakeholders to share their feedback and recommendations on the draft purchasing policy, new procurement manual, templates and standard contracts. An engagement workshop was held to gather feedback on the future inclusion of Social and Indigenous procurement best practices. At the request of City Council, engagement will be planned to also support the future inclusion of environmental best practices for procurement at the City.
Visit saskatoon.ca/engage for future engagement opportunities.