Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are working together to find significant annual savings in fleet costs to ensure better value for taxpayer dollars. The two provinces will reduce costs of procuring light-duty vehicles by combining volumes and standardizing specifications. “Nova Scotians expect government to make smart, efficient purchases to save money while improving the quality of goods and services,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This partnership shows how the Atlantic Procurement Agreement is working and to create sustainable opportunities for businesses in this region.” The Atlantic Procurement Agreement was established in 1993 to reduce interprovincial trade barriers to public procurement. Joint procurement helps leverage opportunities for creative service delivery, reach higher standards in areas such as transportation, health and education, achieve lower prices to ensure best value for public entities and increase opportunities for Atlantic suppliers. As part of this agreement, New Brunswick will lease over 100 vehicles for New Brunswick nurses. In Nova Scotia, most vehicles are purchased outright, however some departments lease a small number of vehicles. New Brunswick Premier David Alward noted the long history of smart partnerships among the Atlantic provinces and highlighted the tremendous potential for future savings. “Innovative regional partnerships are a key focus of government’s plan to rebuild New Brunswick’s economy and reinvest in communities,” said Premier Alward. “By working together, we can find new and better ways of delivering services and programs for citizens who expect no less.” The four Atlantic provinces are already purchasing school buses through joint procurement, which has saved $28 million over the past four years. They are continuing to look for more opportunities. This partnership and savings are identified through Nova Scotia’s Strategic Procurement Project, which should result in millions of dollars in savings across government, school boards, and the broader public sector when complete in February.