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“Bid Shopping” in a Tendering Process

Participation in a tendering process may require contractors to expend significant effort and incur costs to prepare their bids, obtain bid security, hold their pricing for a specified period of time, and be bound by the terms of the construction contract. While contractors assume these risks without any promise of being awarded the construction contract, they do have an expectation that their bids will be taken seriously and that they, and their competitors,  will be treated equally and fairly. This is the legal construct that Canadian courts seek to uphold in an effort to preserve the integrity of the tendering process. This article discusses how the Canadian courts have responded when such expectations are not maintained.

As published in the NRCA’s Northern Construction Connection June 2023 Newsletter, and VICA’s e-New.

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