BURNABY, B.C.—The City of Burnaby is now using a new online bidding system to streamline and simplify the procurement process.
Officials added they want the system to improve efficiency and transparency for businesses and the city. The online system aims to allow businesses to securely view, register, download and submit bids online, allowing them the flexibility to respond to opportunities anytime from anywhere.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency, provide better service and reduce our carbon footprint,” said the city in a press release. “This new online bidding system meets all those objectives, making it easier for businesses to do business with the city.”
Businesses can create an account on Burnaby.ca/BidsandTenders to access bid opportunities. Businesses can use this online system to do the following:
- upload and submit bids
- track and manage bids with a custom dashboard
- select personalized categories
- receive automated emails about new bid opportunities
- see bid closing countdown in real-time
- withdraw, change or resubmit bids
- eliminate manual errors with the built-in calculator
- submit complete bids
- receive reminders
The city added it believes going digital will simplify and automate administrative tasks for both the city and businesses. The platform is expected to reduce procurement cycles and only accept submissions that are fully completed. It will also help staff to evaluate proposals, notify bid results and manage contracts and reports.
As of May 10, all new bids will be posted to Burnaby.ca/BidsandTenders.