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City of Oshawa Launches bids.oshawa.ca

January 29, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
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The City of Oshawa has launched bids.oshawa.ca, a new bid opportunities web portal for vendors and contractors. The new web portal provides vendors with easy, online access to view City of Oshawa bid and tender opportunities.  

Each year, the City issues a wide range of bid opportunities for various goods and services, from construction services to building supplies to computer software and equipment. In 2014, the City issued approximately 100 formal bid opportunities.

All bids are available free of charge at bids.oshawa.ca. Registered vendors can subscribe to receive email notifications of opportunities that are relevant to their selected categories of goods and/or services.

Highlights of the self-service features for vendors and contractors are:

  • Easy, online access to view bid opportunities
  • Vendors can register for an account to be notified by email of opportunities that are relevant to their commodity choices.
  • Vendors can register additional company contacts to receive email notifications.
  • After registering for a bid, vendors can easily download all relevant documents (e.g. drawings) and will be notified by email of any addenda or changes to the bid.

"We are making it easier to do business with the City of Oshawa," said Councillor Nancy Diamond, Chair of the Finance Committee. "In such a highly competitive economy, businesses will receive notification of bid opportunities and have full access to potential contracts. At the same time, the City will benefit from a broader range of suppliers. In the soft launch' this week, over 1,000 suppliers have already taken advantage of registration."

In addition, the new system provides a more efficient method to manage the City's vendor database, including maintaining an inventory of emergency vendors that could provide services or products in the event of an emergency.

To access the new web portal and view current bid opportunities, visit bids.oshawa.ca. For more information, contact Purchasing Services at 905-436-5637, by email at purchasing@oshawa.ca or in-person at City Hall, 7th Floor (50 Centre Street South) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The new web portal, bids.oshawa.ca, is part of the City's website redesign project. Underway since fall 2014, the new website will launch in spring 2015.