As a local government, Big Lakes County’s purchasing functions are subject to the terms and conditions of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) as well as internal policies.
The NWPTA requires open and non-discriminatory procurement where anticipated costs are at or above the following thresholds:
- $75,000 or greater for goods
- $75,000 or greater for services
- $200,000 or greater for construction
When the County’s anticipated purchases are at or above those thresholds, it will post public tender documents on the Alberta Purchasing Connection and/or other relevant trade publications.
For smaller-value purchases, county policy is to solicit quotes to ensure the best use of public funds.