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Contract Tendering and Legal Requirements for Municipalities

Contract Tendering and Legal Requirements for Municipalities

Due to the Covid-19 circumstances, this workshop has now been rescheduled to the following date, using the digital format Zoom:

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 
REVISED FEE: Member $200 + HST / Non-Member $250 + HST 
Additional details will follow by email 

Government Procurement is a specialized area with legislation, case law and trade treaty obligations which you need to know when drafting a Tender.  Procurement is a risky business but you can buy with more confidence by learning about process basics and terminology, best practices and the law in Canada.  Discover how to improve your purchasing by-law by exploring others in a compare and contrast exercise.


  • What are the typical Purchasing Documents to use e.g. Tender, RFP, etc.
  • What is the Contract A/Contract B legal construct all about?
  • What does the Duty of Fairness mean for daily practice?
  • Assess whether you purchasing by-law is compliant with the trade treaties
  • What to look out for to stay out of procurement process troubles


  • Drafting a tender doesn’t have to be a mystery; you can improve on the risks
  • You can organize documents and processes to be more effective, efficient and less likely to be challenged by an unhappy vendor
  • Knowing some legal principles helps with what to do from start to finish
  • Seeing the make-up of purchasing by-laws and knowing the range of purchasing tools will provide concrete answers to ‘how should we buy this?


  • Municipal Staff who draft and Administer Purchasing Processes, Evaluate Submissions, award and Manage Contracts for goods or services, or Manage or Work with anyone who does 


Jerry Paglia was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000 and joined The Regional Municipality of York in 2004.  Jerry spent his first 13 years with the Region as its Construction Lawyer before becoming the Region’s Director of Procurement in 2017.  Jerry has extensive experience with construction and procurement matters, particularly in the municipal sector, and he was named to the Attorney General’s expert advisory panel in relation to the recently enacted revisions to the Construction Act.

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