Government Procurement

TILMA is applied to all government procurement. It requires open and non-discriminatory procedures in the purchase of:

  • Goods of $10,000 or greater.
  • Services of $75,000 or greater.
  • Construction of $100,000 or greater.

For Alberta, effective April 1, 2009, TILMA applies to the procurement of provincial crown corporations. It requires open and non-discriminatory procedures in the purchase of:

  • Goods of $25,000 or greater.
  • Services of $100,000 or greater.
  • Construction of $100,000 or greater.

For BC effective April 1, 2009 until March 31, 2010, crown corporations will have the following thresholds:

  • $250,000 or greater for goods.
  • $250,000 or greater for services.
  • $2,500,000 or greater for construction.

Effective April 1, 2010 BC's procurement thresholds for crown corporations will match Alberta's thresholds.

There are some exceptions to procurement under the Agreement, including:

  • Procurement of health and social services, and services provided by lawyers and notaries.
  • Purchases from philanthropic institutions, prison labour or persons with disabilities.
  • Purchases from a public body or non-profit organization.
  • Goods purchased for representational or promotional purposes.
  • Goods required to respond to an unforeseeable situation of urgency.
  • Goods intended for resale to the public.

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