Selling to the Government of Nova Scotia

Each year the public sector of Nova Scotia spends billions of dollars on goods, services and construction.

  • 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 Training

Marketing Your Business to the Public Sector

Watch a video on Marketing Your Business to the Public Sector

or see the PDF version of the presentation Marketing Your Business to the Public Sector

Level I — Introduction to public sector bidding

Looking to expand your clientele to public sector entities? Learn how your business can find success selling to the Government of Nova Scotia. This session includes: Where to register in supplier databases, understanding tender notification service, how to build networks to promote your business, and how to bid on opportunities.

Level II — Navigating the e-bidding system

Ready to submit your bid? Tender opportunities and bids for all Provincial departments, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre are now posted and applied to through Ariba, an e-bidding platform. Learn how to register, where to find opportunities, navigating in the system and how to access help.

Level III — Understanding and improving bids

Eager to improve your next bid? Ensuring you thoroughly understand the solicitation document templates and how to make the most of your feedback is the key to submitting more successful bids in the future. This session includes: In-depth explanation of various types of tenders, including processes, timescales, bidder responsibilities, the selection stage and understanding the evaluation of bids.

All sessions are free to attend. Upcoming dates are posted in our Events Calendar.

Best Value

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 looks beyond the initial purchase price to include lifecycle costs as well as the environmental and social aspects of a purchase where appropriate.  It can include considerations of social value and support for a more circular economy where wastes are reduced and product lifecycles are extended.

How does a business find out what the province buys?

Depending on the dollar value of what is needed, different processes apply. Take a look at the links below:

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