Ontario eliminates fees on government procurement opportunities
Ontario is making it easier and cheaper for companies to do business with the government by eliminating the fees that businesses have to pay to access procurement contracts.
Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, made the announcement at the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council’s Diversity Procurement Fair in Toronto.
“By eliminating procurement bidding fees, we are creating new opportunities for Ontario small and medium sized businesses to better compete and grow. This part of our government’s commitment to create the right conditions for small business in Ontario to succeed, including increasing government procurement for SMEs to 33 per cent by 2020,” stated Leal.
Businesses can now submit bids for free on the Ontario Tenders Portal, waiving the previous requirement of a $300 submission fee per bid or $750 annual fee for an unlimited bid for procurement opportunities with the government. Businesses will now also have free access to the Registration, Appraisal and Qualification System used by the Ministry of Transportation for road maintenance procurements, which previously required businesses to pay a $525 annual fee to access that system.
- Annually, Ontario government ministries procure approximately $6 billion worth of goods, services and construction.
- On average, the government does business with 52,000 vendors annually.