Construction File: The Importance of Providing Bid Results

Why is knowing the bid results after closing so important to the construction industry? Firstly, providing bid results is an important part of a fair, open and transparent bidding process. Secondly, this information is an expedient resource to bidders and suppliers. These businesses rely on this information for the life blood of their procurement world and are a mainstay of the way they do business.

Having this information available to the construction community is of great benefit to all those up the construction procurement chain as well:

  • It allows for greater competition when all contractors and suppliers have the opportunity to be aware of the successful bidder and the final bid amount.
  • For suppliers they can make sure all contractors have the best pricing.
  • For contractors they know what the market trends are and can make sure they are always providing the most competitive bid. The process of preparing bids and responding to tender calls is a time consuming and expensive process for contractors, and it is only reasonable that owners respect this by providing information on the results of their call for tenders.
  • For the surety industry bid results allow the surety to review a contractor’s capacity to bid on and engage in additional work.
  • In the long run, this greater competition benefits the owner with lower pricing.

To ensure you are maximizing the competition we recommend making all information about your project as easily accessible as possible.

Providing this information is a core service provided by the Construction Associations for almost a century. By providing access to the information about the successful bid from one reliable source is efficient and reasonable, for if businesses had to scour the industry looking for results, it would be a time consuming and not always fruitful exercise. Lists of successful bidders that are provided to the Construction Associations are a centralized and efficient method of disseminating useful information.

Recently, we have had increasing concerns about owners not providing accessibility to this project information. One question that comes up from time to time on the release of the information is whether its release compromises Freedom of Information legislation in any way:

  • Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Part 2, Division 2, Clause 21 it says, in summary, that the release of third party information can be withheld when it reveals trade secrets, it was supplied in confidence or results in undue financial loss to anyone.
  • It also requires the information to be released if the third party consents to disclosure.

We don’t believe that any of these conditions give legal justification for withholding the information. If the construction industry was to start making Freedom of Information requests to get the bid results information it would end up being a time consuming exercise for an owner.

In British Columbia there is almost 100 years of history supporting the sharing of this information to industry. We are not aware of any overwhelming downside that has led the industry to change how it has done business for the past century or a desire to change how it continues to do business.

Providing bid results to those down the construction procurement chain provides efficient access to information for contractors and suppliers. Providing this information allows owners and others up the construction procurement chain to maximize the competitiveness for their construction procurement opportunity. Additionally, for owners it serves to confirm that their procurement was done in a fair, open and transparent manner. In the public sector this has enormous benefit to the taxpayers in British Columbia.

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August 23, 2019

BCCA Welcomes Trans Mountain Announcement Resuming Work on Pipeline Expansion Project

The BC Construction Association welcomes Wednesday’s (Aug. 21) announcement by Trans Mountain Corporation President and CEO Ian Anderson that construction work on the project will resume in communities along the route, including an immediate return to work at B.C.’s Burnaby Terminal and Westridge Marine Terminal. According to Trans Mountain, this will see 4,200 contract workers working along the route in B.C. and Alberta in the fourth quarter of 2019.
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August 20, 2019

Builders Code Ramps Up Services Across Northern Region

New Builders Code training for site supervisors, forepersons and union business managers on how best to deal with the perpetrators and targets of worksite bullying and harassment was announced today in Prince George, along with a new local Employer Advisor for the northern region. The training, which supports the construction personnel that work most closely with tradespeople on construction sites, was announced by Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA) CEO Scott Bone.
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July 04, 2019

Aligning the Construction and Technology Sectors

Construction is changing. With a skilled labour shortage and other pressures affecting our industry, it is more important than ever to innovate and become a future-forward construction company. New technologies that help us become more productive and efficient are critical to moving the construction industry forward, but can also feel overwhelming at times.
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June 27, 2019

Multibillion Dollar BC Construction Sector Untapped by Tech

In the midst of a sector-wide drive for greater innovation and productivity in the face of a booming industry and a looming skills shortage, a recent State of Construction Technology survey conducted by the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) shows B.C.’s construction employers are underserved by a tech sector that is largely unaware of the huge potential market they represent.
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March 19, 2019

Builders Code Expansion: First Advisor Now Available to Vancouver Island Construction Employers

Industry Seeks to Improve Retention of Skilled Tradeswomen by Addressing Worksite Behaviour. Construction employers who want to address diversity or harassment issues on their worksites but lack the human resources personnel or expertise to do so will now have access to confidential advisors with experience in HR management, mediation and conflict resolution as part of the Builders Code recently launched by the BC Construction Association and project partners.
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March 08, 2019

BC Construction Industry Introduces Worksite Conduct Standards to Improve Worker Retention

The Province of B.C. and the BC Construction Association (BCCA) marked International Women’s Day today with the launch of the Builders Code, a comprehensive program that aims to address B.C.’s skilled labour shortage by reducing harassment, bullying and hazing on construction worksites. The Builders Code defines an Acceptable Worksite and provides employers with tools, training and resources to improve and promote safe and productive worksite behavior.
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February 25, 2019

Risk Alerts Issued for Two Provincial Construction Projects

The BC Construction Association (BCCA) has today issued two Contractor’s Alerts warning BC contractors of “Onerous Bidding Conditions” on two Prince George construction projects being procured by BC Housing. The projects are a building envelope remediation on Westwood Court and renovation work on the Hart Haven Group Home at Dagg Road, both in Prince George. Total value of both projects is $9.5M - $5M on Westwood Court and $4.5M on the Hart Haven project.
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February 07, 2019

Supporting BC's Skilled Workforce

LNG Canada and the BC Construction Association (BCCA) today announced that Marissa McTavish, an electrical apprentice from Prince George, has become the 1,000th participant in LNG Canada’s Trades Training Fund (TTF) and her employer, Primus Electric, the 500th employer to sponsor an employee with the Fund.
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January 22, 2019

British Columbia Construction Association Selected to Provide Pre-Arrival Services

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September 17, 2018

BCCA Integrated Membership Update 2017

There are a record-breaking number of significant issues applying pressure to BC’s construction industry this year, and BCCA is working at the provincial level to make sure industry’s concerns and recommendations are heard loud and clear.
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August 30, 2018

Response to Federal Court of Appeal's Trans Mountain Pipeline Decision

BCCA is extremely disappointed by the Federal Court of Appeal's Trans Mountain expansion project decision today which undermines Canada’s economy and role on the global stage. This blow to investor confidence comes at a time when BC is already under pressure from new tariffs, taxation, and policy directives.
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August 24, 2018

New BC Building and Plumbing Code 2018

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August 02, 2018

Industry Voices - Industry Must Come Together

Premier Horgan's Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is the most dangerous and disruptive policy to be introduced by any government into our industry in recent memory. Whether you are a union or an open-shop employer, your basic rights and freedoms as Canadians are being blatantly disregarded, as is government's obligation for fair, open and transparent procurement practises.
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July 27, 2018

Pattullo Procurement Strategy Takes BC Construction a Bridge Too Far

The new Pattullo Bridge Community Benefits Agreement patently illustrates what is unfair with our current government’s policy decision to mandate the nature and extent of procurement requirements in major public construction projects. For BCCA, an association that hinges its principles on fair, open and transparent procurement practices, this agreement is taking public policy in construction tendering a bridge too far.
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July 18, 2018

Response to the Province’s Community Benefits Agreement Announcement

BCCA is working with our counterparts at the local, provincial and national levels to inform government on the risks of Community Benefit Agreements, and to educate public owners on the use of fair, open, and transparent procurement processes which are an obligation and responsibility of government to taxpayers.
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June 21, 2018

Tackling the Late Payment Epidemic: What Will It Take?

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May 30, 2018

Understanding Risk British Columbia (UR+ BC) Video #URBC

The Understanding Risk British Columbia (UR+ BC) symposium, hosted April 16 & 17, 2018 in Victoria BC, marked the first time the construction industry played a leadership role in bringing together builders, designers, engineers, scientists, and policymakers to tackle the challenges of hazard mitigation and increased resilience in the industrial, commercial, and institutional built environment.
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May 29, 2018

BCCA Response to Federal Purchase of Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 Billion

Official Statement - The BC Construction Association has long been a strong public supporter of BC’s oil and gas strategy and of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in particular, recognizing the significance of the project for the economic prosperity of British Columbia and the rest of Canada provided that all environmental safety stipulations are met.
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April 17, 2018

Construction Leadership Award Winners 2018

#ConstructionMonthBC wouldn't be complete without a Construction Leadership Dinner. We honoured Amy Carr, Mary-Anne Bowcott, Karen Anderson, Becky Lupton, Max Ignatiuk, Jerry Pasitney & Tracey MacKinnon for their industry leadership roles.
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April 12, 2018

UR+ BC Panelist: Jessica Shoubridge

Principal, Thrive Consulting, Director, EERI-BC, and UR+ BC Organizer, Jessica Shoubridge, has worked across all orders of government, academia, non-profits and the private sector to help bridge gaps between science, policy, and action for risk reduction and resilience building.
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March 19, 2018

A Conversation with Dr. Lucy Jones

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February 20, 2018

BC Budget 2018 – What you need to know

“It’s an ambitious budget that is working hard to provide assistance to equity seeking groups, which we can all appreciate. But it’s likely to be hard on small businesses who will see increased expenses – this is concerning because employers already have a significant cost burden. “ - Chris Atchison, President, BCCA
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February 14, 2018

BCCA responds to throne speech

The BC Construction Association is encouraged that yesterday’s Speech from the Throne means good things ahead for all of BC’s tradespeople.
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December 18, 2017

"Best bid" named construction phrase of the year

BCCA named “Best Bid” the most important two words in construction this year, following a statement by Premier Horgan in October to the BC Federation of Labour: “Low bids might be good for BC Liberals, but “best bids” are what we are going to do” said the Premier.
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October 30, 2017

Women Build Nations

In Chicago on October 14-15, nearly 1700 tradeswomen from across North America came together with their own anthem, Women Build Nations.
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October 03, 2017

Fewer BC Youth Entering Trades for First Time in 4 Years

The BC Construction Association (BCCA) is reporting a decrease in the proportion of BC high school graduates entering the construction trades, in key figures released today for the province’s industrial, commercial, and institutional construction sector.
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September 25, 2017

Deputy Minister’s Industry Infrastructure Forum (DMIIF)

After a brief hiatus during the recent election period, the DMIIF brings together Deputy Ministers from the six big infrastructure ministries with industry representatives to work together on big issues that impact the construction industry.
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September 12, 2017

BCCA Responds to Budget Announcement

BCCA fully supports a budget that puts families and working people first. Given the size of our sector and the role that contractors and their workforces play in the provincial economy, we believe that all issues are in some way construction industry issues.
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September 07, 2017

Letter to Michael Atkinson, CCA

The BC Construction Association, as the voice for the industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) construction sector in British Columbia, supports CCA’s participation in the above-mentioned coalition letter opposing the federal government’s tax proposals affecting incorporated small businesses.
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