Ministry of Environment

Ministry Vendor Complaint Review Process (VCRP)

The following is the process for registering a vendor complaint relating to procurement activities carried out by the Ministry of Environment pursuant to Core Policy Part II of Chapter 6 and the Vendor Complaint Review Process for Government Procurement.

Step
Action
Timeframe Guideline
1.

If a complaint is not resolved through informal discussion, a vendor may initiate the formal VCRP process by completing and submitting a Vendor Complaint Form [pdf] to:

  • the Ministry VCRP Advisor noted below, or
  • the Ministry Representative listed on the competition posting.

Note that this form can also be accessed directly through the BC Bid Website.

Vendor Complaint must be received within 30 business days after notice of competition outcome.
2. The Ministry will acknowledge receipt of the complaint, assign a reference number (to be used in all future correspondence) and begins Step 3. 3 to 5 business days
3.

The Ministry representative or next senior ministry official investigates the complaint and provides a written response, signed by the Director or other senior ministry official, to the complainant including:

  • if denied/dismissed, the reasons; or
  • if merited, planned action and rationale; and
  • to pursue the matter further, appropriate contact information of the next senior ministry official.

Branch/Regions are to report unresolved complaints, along with explanations, to the Ministry VCRP Advisor.

30 business days from receipt of complaint - or notify the reason for delay.
4. Unresolved complaints will be escalated to the Assistant Deputy Minister level for review and written response. The written response will advise the complainant that the matter can be further pursued by requesting a review by the Procurement Governance Office (PGO). 30 business days from receipt of complainant�s notice of dissatisfaction.
5. Ministry staff will provide a report of the outcome of the complaint to the VCRP Advisor to update the complaint register. 3 to 5 business days following the response to the complainant.
6. If still unresolved, the complainant may pursue the matter further through the Procurement Governance Office Process. 30 business days from date of Ministry�s final response.

Ministry Vendor Complaints Contact:

Ministry Vendor Complaints Contact: Brenda Brophy
Manager, Procurement Services
Corporate Services for the Natural Resource Sector
PO Box 9508 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC   V8W 9C1

Phone:(250) 387-5346
Email: Brenda.Brophy@gov.bc.ca