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GNWT Procurement Review – Some policy questions

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Government contracts and purchases (known as procurement) are a source of economic activity throughout the NWT. The government believes that, as much as possible, NWT residents and businesses should benefit from this activity.

The GNWT has taken steps to ensure government purchases are made through NWT-owned businesses – leveraging this procurement into investments in the NWT’s business and manufacturing sectors.

This approach to preferential procurement is based on three key policies: the Business Incentive Policy (BIP), the NWT Manufactured Products Policy (NMPP), and the Negotiated Contracts Policy (NCP).  For projects over $50 million, a fourth policy, the Public-Private- Partnership (P3) can also be applied.

You can find a summary of these programs and how each of them work in this document Executive Summary Public Procurement Policies

As promised in its 2019-2023 Mandate, the GNWT has initiated a public review of its procurement policies and practices.

Review of Government Procurement Launched

If you are thinking about participating in one of our engagement sessions, you may also want to start thinking about some of these questions:

  • What are your thoughts about the Business Incentive Policy?  Do you agree with the current approach to bid adjustments? What other options could be considered?
  • What preferential procurement mechanisms could be used to encourage NWT manufacturing?
  • Should the GNWT continue to use P3 projects?
  • What do you think about the establishment of a GNWT Indigenous procurement policy?  How could it work?

Online public engagement opportunities have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 4, 2021 (7pm)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 (2pm)
  • Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 (7pm)
  • Monday April 26th, 2021 (7pm)

To participate:

  1. Send an e-mail to
  2. In your e-mail, tell us who you are and how we can contact you (providing both an e-mail address and phone number.)

You will receive a confirmation e-mail from the panel providing additional instructions on how you can be a part of this important NWT-wide conversation.

You can also click here to share your views and ideas in an online engagement forum.