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Wood Buffalo moves procurement online

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Wood Buffalo moves procurement online

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is moving its procurement process online.

This month, the municipality, which includes Fort McMurray, launched an E-Procurement program designed to make it easier to do business with the Municipality. Officials encouraged businesses register in the program.

We think vendors will find it easier to do business with the RMWB,” said Elsie Hutton, director of corporate and community services, in a press release. “The program will help simplify the procurement process, which will allow for more businesses to get involved and successfully compete for Municipal contracts.” 

The new E-Procurement program will be replacing the RMWB’s Vendor Registry and those registered with the previous system must re-register with the new one. Once registered, businesses receive notifications when a new RMWB contract opportunity that matches the commodity codes in their profile is posted. 

The new online program will also centralize all documentation to ensure bids contain all the information required to successfully apply for RMWB contracts. The program also allows easy access to required documents and information once a contract is awarded.  

The existing process for all billing and financial transactions will stay in place, and all RMWB bid and tender opportunities will continue to be posted on Alberta Purchasing Connection. 

The municipality began researching procurement changes in 2017. An audit recommended implementing a new E-Procurement program and city officials began developing it.

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