October 5, 2023, FREDERICTON (GNB) – Nine information sessions will be held Oct. 18-27 to help businesses learn how to sell goods and services and construction services to the government.

“New Brunswick is proud to be hosting a series of free information sessions to help local businesses learn how to bid on and win government contracts,” said Service New Brunswick Minister Mary Wilson. “Increasing the number of contracts awarded to local suppliers is part of our New Brunswick First Procurement Strategy aimed at supporting local businesses and growing our economy.”

In the 2022-23 fiscal year, more than 81 per cent of the value of all goods, services and construction contracts were awarded to local suppliers. This represents roughly $2.3 billion in spending, a contribution of $1.1 billion to the province’s gross domestic product, and $133.4 million in employment income.

After the first quarter of the 2023-24 fiscal year, 91 per cent of the value of all goods, services and construction contracts were awarded to local suppliers.

Vendors interested in selling to the government are invited to register online for one of the information sessions:

•           Wednesday, Oct. 18, virtual (English) 9-10:30 a.m.

•           Thursday, Oct. 19, Edmundston (French) 1-2:30 p.m.

•           Friday, Oct. 20, Bathurst (English) 9-10:30 a.m.

•           Friday, Oct. 20, Bathurst (French) 1-2:30 p.m.

•           Tuesday, Oct. 24, Moncton (English) 9-10:30 a.m.

•           Tuesday, Oct. 24, Moncton (French) 1-2:30 p.m.

•           Wednesday, Oct. 25, virtual (French) 9-10:30 a.m.

•           Thursday, Oct. 26, Fredericton (English) 1-2:30 p.m.

•           Friday, Oct. 27, Saint John (English) 1-2:30 p.m.

These sessions are a collaborative effort between Service New Brunswick and Opportunities NB.

“As part of the New Brunswick First Procurement Strategy, our government is helping businesses in our province to leverage New Brunswick supply chains,” said Greg Turner, minister responsible for Opportunities NB. “These information sessions will assist in energizing the private sector by equipping New Brunswick businesses with the knowledge required to access government contracts that will help them grow and thrive in our province.”

Registration is free. Suppliers are encouraged to register in advance.

More information, including registration details, is available online.

Media Contact(s):

Jennifer Vienneau, communications, Service New Brunswick, jennifer.vienneau2@gnb.ca