8. Procurement Review

The GNWT is changing its requirements for bid security and contract security. These changes are for construction contracts only and are effective July 15, 2023. More information on these changes can be found here.

The GNWT initiated a review of how it contracts and purchases goods and services (known as procurement).

An independent panel advisory panel was appointed by the Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment to engage with Indigenous governments and organizations, elected leaders, the business community, stakeholders, and residents on this important issue.

The Independent Panel for the Procurement Review has completed the engagement and research phase on procurement in the GNWT, which has informed the Report on the Procurement Review.

The Procurement Review Panel (PRP) delivered the report to the GNWT on June 30, 2021. The Report summarized what the PRP heard from the public engagement process and has 50 recommendations. In preparing these recommendations, the PRP engaged with a wide range of organizations and individuals through many hours of discussions across the NWT over five months that provided the opportunity for every interested stakeholder to have their say. 

The PRP held a total of 32 external engagement sessions and met with 103 participants during the course of the review. In addition to four organized public engagement sessions, the PRP held 13 sessions with business or industry organizations, ten sessions with Indigenous business representatives, and additionally over 35 briefings with public sector staff including GNWT, Yukon, Nunavut, and federal officials. Due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, all engagements were conducted online. In addition, the PRP received written input from 11 individuals and organizations, as well as comments through an online discussion page hosted by GNWT. 

Further consultation, particularly with Indigenous governments, will be required before making any changes or introducing any new policies. 

For more information, contact the GNWT’s Department of Industry Tourism and Investment in Yellowknife.