What is the CloudBC Marketplace?

The CloudBC Marketplace connects eligible customers and eligible vendors (suppliers) of cloud services.

How it Works

The CloudBC Marketplace streamlines the procurement process by providing information to eligible customers that will support their selection decision based on their internal procurement policies.

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Eligible customers will be able to browse the offerings online in the CloudBC Marketplace hosted on cloudbc.ca. Information they will be able to access may include:

  • vendor name
  • eligible service categories
  • service description
  • negotiated CloudBC Contract Framework and any subsequent amendments
  • third-party certification assurances applicable to the security of the services
  • contact information for the vendor’s Relationship Manager

A key objective of the CloudBC Marketplace is to help eligible customers leverage and benefit from the dynamic nature of the cloud industry. As such, the CloudBC Marketplace will include links to supplier-maintained websites in order to support dynamic changes to pricing and service features.

In many instances, eligible customers will be able to purchase commodity-like services by simply evaluating supplier information available on the CloudBC Marketplace. For more complex requirements, they may opt to run a secondary selection process with the relevant suppliers in the CloudBC Marketplace.

CloudBC Framework Agreements (CFAs) are negotiated with qualifying vendors and include a wide breadth of best practice terms and conditions. These terms & conditions are automatically available to eligible customers to include in their purchase contracts with vendors. The organizations may opt to negotiate other or additional terms & conditions with the negotiated CFA as a starting point.

Through our Thought Leadership activities, CloudBC will facilitate the sharing of lessons learned by eligible customers as they deploy and operate the cloud services.

Current Initiatives

An Invitation to Establish Eligibility to Submit Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service Offers (ITSO) to select eligible vendors to provide IaaS and PaaS services through the CloudBC Marketplace was issued on July 15, 2016. The ITSO will remain open for five years, with Intakes for submissions being issued at least once per year.

CloudBC Framework Agreements (CFAs) will be negotiated with qualifying vendors. These vendors will be subject to a term initially ending October 31, 2021, to have their offers presented on CloudBC Marketplace to facilitate the possible award of contracts with eligible customers.

More information is available about the ITSO on BC Bid by browsing in Open Opportunities under Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services for “CloudBC”.

Eligible Customers

These are organizations that are eligible to issue solicitations or enter contracts under CloudBC Framework Agreements.

The organizations that fund and govern CloudBC – the participating organizations – are all eligible customers. These organizations are:

  • Province of British Columbia
  • Fraser Health
  • Interior Health
  • Northern Health
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Island Health
  • British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries)
  • British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro)
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC)
  • British Columbia Pension Corporation
  • Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
  • South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink)
  • Workers’ Compensation Board (WorkSafeBC)

As well, broadly speaking, any “government organization” or “local public body” as those terms are defined in the BC Procurement Services Act, and any first nation or agency of it, may also be eligible customers through signing an Access Agreement with the Province to use the CloudBC Marketplace. As Access Agreements are signed, those organizations will be listed here.