The next steps for Benefit Driven Procurement at The City

The City is moving forward on the next phase of the Benefit Driven Procurement (BDP) project. “BDP sometimes called social procurement creates added and intentional local, economic and community benefits when The City uses taxpayer dollars to purchase goods and services,” says Sarah Aspinall, Director Supply Management.

BDP aims to seek greater value from procurement. These can range from apprenticeships, and the creation of meaningful and inclusive employment opportunities for underrepresented groups to supporting suppliers who have and implement their own Social Procurement and Living Wage policies. BDP is a means to create extra benefits for our community, but it does not increase the cost of procurement or decrease the quality of what we receive.

Bill Black, President of the Calgary Construction Association (CCA) said, “It is a very strategic way to take the simple term support local, or buy local, and embed it into the framework of how we operate.”

Council approved the following to move into the next phase of the project. These will be effective on May 1, 2021:

  • Support Local, where possible, on procurements valued less than $5,000
  • Obtain a minimum three supplier quotes of which at least one is from a local supplier, where possible, on procurements for goods and services from $5,000 to less than $75,000 and for construction from $5,000 to less than $200,000
  • Recommend to a Procuring Entity the inclusion of a Benefit Driven Procurement questionnaire with a minimum 5% evaluation weighting for any goods and services procurement $75,000 and above and construction $200,000 and above. 

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