Overview of BCEM Services for School Districts
The BC Education Marketplace (“BCEM”) has been established to achieve cost and administrative savings for the K-12 sector through collaborative procurement. BCEM services include the establishment of shared contracts for select goods and services as well as serving as a resource for districts regarding best practices in the area of procurement.
BCEM services are intended to complement procurement activities at the individual district level, not replace them. Our intent is that as districts use BCEM contracts for goods and services, they will be able to redirect any resources saved to other priorities.
Districts are encouraged to contact Maria Melan, Director, BC Education Marketplace with questions or concerns regarding BCEM projects or for general assistance with procurement related issues. We are happy to provide assistance.
Agreements for District Use
The Agreements section of this site includes a list of broader public sector agreements for goods and services that are available for school district use. The list is structured to allow school districts to quickly locate and access details of available agreements from the BCEM, ERAC, the Province of BC and other public sector partners.
For collaborative procurement projects, the BCEM partners with district subject matter experts representing all regions of the province. Teams formed for specific projects research, develop and execute collaborative procurement strategies for specific commodities. The province is divided into five regions that mirror the BCASBO Zones allowing us to leverage the existing relationships and zone operating structures in place across the province. Project teams include representatives from each region who are responsible for representing all school districts in their geographic area. The project structure ensures that contracts developed for the sector deliver to individual districts the right products, on schedule, and for the best value.
BCEM contracts will be established based on an appropriate configuration of districts (i.e. regional, provincial, etc) to deliver cost savings and administrative efficiencies to participating school districts.
The BCEM engages with other shared services partners (i.e.. ERAC, EDCO, ASDT, Province of BC – Procurement Services Branch) to share ideas, coordinate initiatives and streamline services to the sector. All of these organizations seek to deliver savings to school districts and collaborate to achieve that goal as efficiently as possible.