British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba comprise the New West Partnership, an economic powerhouse of more than 11 million people with a combined GDP of over $750 billion.
This ambitious agreement represents Canada’s largest interprovincial barrier-free trade and investment market.
Bid Protest Mechanism
The Parties to the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA)
(British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) have
entered into an agreement to replace NWPTA’s BPM with a new
Bid Protest Mechanism. The BPM entered into force on
January 1, 2019.
Each of these Agreements has different requirements for compliance by procuring entities, as well as different thresholds for covered procurements.
The full text of the new Bid Protest Mechanism includes instructions for initiating the BPM.
Should a complainant choose to proceed through the consultation stage of the Bid Protest Mechanism, the complainant is required to identify five potential Arbiters from the following Roster:
The current Bid Protest Mechanism Arbiter and Dispute Resolution Panelist Rates are:
Final Arbiters Reports
West-Can Seal Coating Inc. v. Ministry of Highways and
Infrastructure for the Province of Saskatchewan, March 29,