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About the Agency

The Government Purchasing Agency (the Agency) is an independent branch of the public service under the management and control of a Chief Operating Officer. The Agency operates under the authority of the Government Purchasing Agency Act and the Public Tender Act. The Government Purchasing Agency Act outlines the mandate of the Agency and provides for its operation. The Public Tender Act is the primary legislation that governs procurement within the public sector.

The Agency is responsible for:

  • Purchasing of all goods and services required by departments of the public services. This authority may be delegated in full or in part to departments where it is deemed by the Chief Operating Officer to be efficient to do so.
  • Joint purchasing initiatives for the coordination of a number of contracts for use by departments and government funded bodies.
  • Administering the Agreement on Internal Trade and the Atlantic Procurement Agreement.
  • Providing procurement, information and training sessions to departments of the public services and government funded bodies.
  • Auditing departments and government funded bodies are carried out to ensure compliance with procurement legislation.
  • The coordination of advertising for all government departments.
  • The supplier development initiative for the province, in cooperation with the Department of Industry, Trade and Rural Development.


The vision of the Government Purchasing Agency is of an informed public sector and supplier community participating in a transparent and equal opportunity procurement environment.


By 2011, the Government Purchasing Agency will have improved internal business processes to enhance efficiencies in the procurement process.


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