Doing business with BC Hydro
Bidding, sourcing, and getting paid
Our processes are clear, collaborative, transparent, and under constant review for improvement. Stay informed with the bidding process, competitive sourcing process and how to invoice BC Hydro for efficient payment.
BC Hydro's bid process: The basics
The BC Hydro procurement team uses the B.C. government's BC Bid to list opportunities for suppliers and to manage the bid process.
BC Hydro advertises publicly its procurement opportunities on BC Bid. Use BC Bid to view, download, respond and manage responses to BC Hydro opportunities.
Via eBidding: eBidding requires an account on BC Bid. Once registered, you can submit or revise responses to bids, attach and manage documents. Download our guide for the eBidding process [PDF, 2.5 MB]
Via hard copy: A hard copy response can be mailed to BC Hydro.
Ensure to review and follow the submission instructions provided in the competitive bid documents.
Competitive sourcing process
Different procurement methods are used for meeting the needs of BC Hydro. The common methods we use to engage the market are:
Request for Tender (RFT)
Used frequently for major equipment and construction needs, our tenders include a well-defined set of specifications.
Request for Proposal (RFP)
We use RFP's to seek creative solutions from proponents. The basis for an award in an RFP process is normally the highest score with the best overall value to BC Hydro.
Request for Information (RFI)
RFI's help us formally engage the supplier community to source product information, materials, or ideal solutions that will help BC Hydro meet business objectives or capture supplier capabilities.
BC Hydro discloses all high-level evaluation criteria in competitive bid documents. This process helps provide:
- Increased transparency and clarity
- A focus on the most important criteria
- Improved quality of bid submissions
- Enhanced supplier relationships
BC Hydro encourages suppliers to email invoices to get an acknowledgment of receipt. Mailed invoices are also accepted.
Learn how to send invoices by email.
Find out how to send hard copy invoices.
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Suppliers can choose to be paid by cheque or direct deposit. Direct deposit is available for Canadian suppliers who have a Purchase Order or a Contract Order with BC Hydro for invoice payment in Canadian funds. To participate in Electronic Funds Transfer, please contact Accounts Payable at 604 663 3572 or through email at BCH-AccountsPayable@absu.accenture.com.