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Questions raised about Yukon First Nations procurement policy – CBC

Apr 05, 2023

Policy unclear and could be abused, say opposition parties

Opposition parties in the Yukon Legislature are using findings from a recent judicial review to highlight weaknesses with the territory’s First Nations procurement policy.

The policy aims to give advantages to Yukon First Nations businesses when they bid on government contracts to strengthen their participation in the economy. It uses a tool called “bid value reductions” to lower the price of proposals if Yukon First Nations businesses are bidding, making them more competitive.

A key aspect of the policy is the Yukon First Nation business registry, a list of verified Yukon First Nations businesses that is administered by the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce. It has been described by the minister of Highways and Public Works as the “foundation of bid value reductions.”

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