Just like any service provider, government needs to procure various goods and services in order to carry out programs. However, the Government of Saskatchewan is responsible to the people of Saskatchewan and fiscal accountability needs to be top of mind. We also need to ensure goods and services and procured in an open, fair and transparent manner. When it comes to government, there are a few main areas of procurement, with different guiding principles.
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The procurement of all goods by ministries and many public agencies is subject to the rules and regulations contained within The Purchasing Act, 2004. The Ministry of Central Services is here to help with the procurement of goods. To learn more about this, visit the Purchasing Goods page.
Any purchase of goods over $10,000 by ministries is subject to the terms of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement. For a full list of trade agreements and their procurement thresholds for ministries, Crown corporations and MASH, see the chart below.
All services procured with a contract are subject to the Financial Administration Manual, sections 4510 (Service Contracts) and 4515 (Procurement of Services). To learn more about how Central Services can help with contracts and service procurement, visit the Purchasing Services page.
Any purchase of services over $75,000 by ministries is subject to the terms of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement. For a full list of trade agreements and their procurement thresholds for ministries, Crown corporations and MASH, see the chart below.
Construction services vary in purchasing responsibility depending upon what is being constructed. The Ministry of Central Services, Property Management division is responsible for construction on/for government buildings. The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure are responsible for all highway construction, covered in The Highways and Transportation Act, 1997. Finally, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport are responsible for construction procurement for park related facilities.
Any purchase of construction goods and/or services more than $100,000 by ministries is subject to the terms of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement. For a full list of trade agreements and their procurement thresholds for ministries, Crown corporations and MASH, see the chart below.
Trade agreement procurement thresholds
The following chart outlines the thresholds for procurement obligations for four trade agreements government procurement:
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*The procurement thresholds for the Canadian Free Trade Agreement are adjusted with inflation by the Internal Trade Secretariat in accordance with Annex 504.4 of that Agreement. The values above are for 2018-2019.
**The procurement thresholds for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement and the Canada- European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are fixed in Special Drawing Rights. Periodically, these thresholds are adjusted to account for changes in currency strength. The values above are for 2018-2019.
***Section B entities are those involved in energy transmission, transit networks, distribution and treatment of water, or the distribution of electricity or gas (see Canada-EU CETA, Annex 19-3, Section B).
**** MASH - Municipalities, Academic Institutions, School Boards and the Health sector.
Valid until: December 31, 2019
The procurement of all print and advertising materials and services needs to be coordinated through Executive Council, Communication Services. To learn more about print and advertising purchasing, see Executive Council’s page on Communications and Print Service.
All contracting for private legal services by ministries must be done in consultation with the Ministry of Justice.
All contracting for IT goods and services must be done through the Ministry of Central Services, Information Technology Division (ITD).
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