Construction Association of Nova Scotia Launches Online Bidding for Construction Procurement
DARTMOUTH, NS and VICTORIA, BC – BC-built online procurement technology is being implemented in Nova Scotia for construction projects, through an agreement between the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) and the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA).
This reflects an industry move toward comprehensive online bidding technologies which replace the traditional “sealed envelopes” system, enabling fair and open procurement for public agencies and maximizing competition and opportunity for contractors. The inaugural Nova Scotia project, a tender from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal launches this week.
Effective immediately, select public projects listed through CANS will be publicly accessible through CANSnet (www.cans.ns.ca) with a free login for interested contractors to post bids through the new CANS Online Bidding System for Trade Contractors. The online system reduces risk of costly disqualifications for noncompliant bids and includes e-bonding technology that meets the stringent requirements of the Surety Association of Canada.
The BC-built technology was customized for the Nova Scotia market: the BC platform (known as BidCentral Online Bidding for Subcontractors, or BOBS) has been in operation since 2009 and is now the largest online construction marketplace in the province, closing more than 170 public projects.
As Duncan Williams, President of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia says, “The move to an online Online Bidding System for Trade Contractors means buyers of construction and owners can expedite the bidding process while meeting the highest ethical standards set for them as public agencies. At the same time, we are delivering more opportunities to trade contractors in a more efficient and cost-effective solution.”
“The BidCentral system has benefited numerous public agencies in BC and it’s great to partner with our eastcoast colleagues,” says Manley McLachlan, BCCA President. “The continuing online migration of procurement system benefits our industry and our country.”