Please click on one of the options below to find out more about public sector procurements in Nova Scotia.
Your first resource is the Nova Scotia Procurement website.This page lists all tenders issued by government departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and the MASH sector (municipalities, academic institutions, school boards, and health authorities).
Sign up for the Tender Opportunities Notification Service (TONS). By registering for this service, you will receive e-mail notifications of public sector procurement opportunities matching the goods and/or services categories you have selected upon registration. Each opportunity will provide general information about the tender as well as a link to the Nova Scotia Procurement website.This service is open to all businesses and is housed on the Access to Business Web Portal. Access to Business (A2B) is an online service that provides a single entry point for Nova Scotia businesses and prospective businesses to interact with the provincial government.
Tender documents can range from one page to hundreds of pages. They describe the goods or services to be purchased and the conditions you need to meet to be an eligible bidder.
Tender documents also tell you:
When completing a tender submission, you should read the document completely from start to finish. Pay close attention to any terms and conditions listed as part of the document. In many cases these terms and conditions are set out in separate documents. When this happens, these other documents will be available on our website.
Tip: Always pay close attention to the tender closing date, time, and location. Submissions must arrive on time, at the specified location, to be accepted.
Contact information for Procurement staff and/or Department staff are provided in each tender posting. Interested bidders are responsible for obtaining any needed clarification of the tender requirements, while the tender is open. Questions should be directed in writing to the contacts identified as email is the preferred method of contact. Only written responses from these contacts will be considered an official response. Responses to questions that are deemed by the Province, in its sole discretion to be material to all prospective bidders will be made available as an addendum while the tender is open, for download from our website.
The Public Tenders Office will only accept deliveries between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
Please NOTE: As of December 17th, 2018 Procurement is Relocating!
TO: 5161 George Street, Suite 600, Halifax, Nova Scotia
No, the official source of Nova Scotia tender information is this site.
We do not have a list of “authorized vendors.” You can bid on any tender as long as you meet the published requirements.
Ask us for suggestions for next time. If you bid on a tender but were not successful, ask us how you could have made a stronger bid. We call this a Supplier Debriefing. We can help you better understand the tendering process and how to prepare for future submissions.
If you still have questions contact: Supplier Development
Procurement Services has a Supplier Development section that works with businesses in Nova Scotia to inform them of public procurement opportunities. Through events, workshops, and one-on-one meetings, the Supplier Development section strives to increase competitive bidding by engaging and encouraging businesses to consider the government as a market for the goods and services they offer.
Supplier Development staff can meet with you to discuss your business and the opportunities you are seeking in the public sector. Once aware of your business target areas, they can provide departmental contacts as well as those in the greater public sector for you to contact. In some cases meetings can be arranged with department groups.
ALTPs are specialized or exceptional situations that support the deviation from the regular procurement processes.
ALTP awards are the award information for contracts that were awarded using Alternative Procurement Circumstances. They are posted on the Nova Scotia Procurement Web Portal in accordance with the requirements in the Canada Free Trade Agreement.
ALTP Circumstances are the reasons for why a procurement wouldn’t go through a tendering process which are aligned with trade agreement exemptions.