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Provides greater transparency and accountability to public tendering
St. John’s, February 22, 2018 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes yesterday’s government announcement that the Public Procurement Act will be proclaimed on March 24, 2018. Since the legislation was passed in the House of Assembly in December 2016, CFIB has been advocating for the proclamation of the Act.
“Public procurement in Newfoundland and Labrador is an important issue for many small business owners in the province,” stated Vaughn Hammond, Director of Provincial Affairs in Newfoundland and Labrador. “CFIB members who participate in the public tendering process have been eagerly anticipating when the new legislation would come into effect.”
There are many important provisions in the legislation and regulations, which should help small business owners, while allowing for government savings and keeping money in the local economy. By the end of September, small business owners can participate in supplier debriefings; use the complaint process, if necessary; and should be aware of the supplier performance provisions.
“The new Public Procurement Act provides greater transparency and accountability within the tendering process,” explained Hammond. “Knowing the issues small business owners have been dealing with on a regular basis, CFIB hopes the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer will be a valuable resource for small business owners, so they may avoid the high cost of legal action that can result.”
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Vaughn Hammond, Director of Provincial Affairs, CFIB
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region. Learn more at cfib.ca.