Selling to the Government of Nova Scotia

Each year the public sector of Nova Scotia spends close to $2 Billion dollars.

  • Are you interested?
  • Have you ever considered selling your goods or services to the public sector?
  • Have you ever wondered if the public sector purchases goods and/or services that your business offers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions now is the time to learn more!

Supplier Development helps vendors understand where to find tender opportunities. We want to help our companies have every chance to compete in local markets and beyond.


The Process

The Province is committed to the following principles of public procurement: open, fair, sustainable, transparent, consistent, effective, efficient and competitive. We strive to ensure all procurements meet these principles and achieve best value.


Best Value

Not just looking at the initial purchase price, but considering also the total cost of ownership including such things as delivery, packaging, installation, staff training, supplies, maintenance and disposal. It is looking at not just the economic aspects of a purchase, but considering the environmental and social aspects as well where appropriate.


How does a business find out what the province buys?

Depending on the dollar value of what is needed, different proccesses apply.

Low Value Purchases

Goods under $10,000, Services or Construction under $25,000

For low value purchases, departments can:

Use an Existing Standing Offer (in some cases these are mandatory):

  • Businesses have agreed to offer a particular good or service at a set price for the time period covered by the standing offer (often one year).

Obtain Quotes:

  • Departments approach two or more known suppliers that can supply the goods or services they need (i.e. catering).
  • They ask for a price and a timeline and anything else that may be important to meeting their needs.

Under $2500:

  • For smaller purchases under $2500 departments can approach a business directly for their requirements and make the purchase using a purchase order or procurement card. The procurement card is a government credit card that makes doing business with us more convenient for you—you get paid right away.

High Value Purchases

Goods above $10,000, Services and Construction over $25,000

  • High value purchases usually go through a formal tendering process.
  • The tender process (also known as the bidding process) is open to all businesses and is publicly advertised.
  • Each tender is available for a specific number of days, allowing time for businesses to prepare their bids.
  • The timeframe often depends on the complexity of the tender.
  • If a change to the tender is required, an addendum will be issued.


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Register for our Tender Opportunities Notification Service (TONS) and receive tender opportunities directly in your inbox.


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Attend our annual event Building Opportunities in Public Sector Purchasing to meet Government buyers.


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