The Purchasing and Stores Department provides support services for all City Departments and serves as a liaison between the vendor community and the City. We provide professional expertise in procurement, contracts and supply chain management and ensure
fair and transparent procurement processes are followed.
Purchasing assists in sourcing supplies, equipment and services to provide City departments with the best overall value and is authorized to issue contracts. The competitive bid process is managed following municipal guidelines, policies, legislated
trade agreements and provincial laws.
The City of Nanaimo posts the majority of competitive goods and services opportunities over $75K and construction projects over $200K on both BC Bid and the
City's bids&tenders website.
Procurement Policies and Trade Agreements
In accordance with City policies and trade agreements, the Purchasing Department is responsible for the fair, open and transparent procurement of goods, services and construction, and maintaining a competitive bidding process under municipal and provincial
laws. Purchases are made from local, provincial, national, and international sources of supply, depending upon the nature and type of purchase.
The City's Procurement activities are guided by Council Policies and the following Trade Agreements: