City of St. John’s, NL – Digital Bid Bonds

We would like to inform our broker partners and contractor clients that the City of St. John’s is making a change to their tendering process to allow for the acceptance of Digital Bid Bonds.

Please be advised that as of September 1, 2018, the City of St. John’s will no longer accept Paper Bid Bonds (CCDC - Owner Standard Form). Bid Bonds will only be accepted in Digital Bid Bond format.

These Digital Bid Bonds will need to be in an electronically verifiable/enforceable format. All instruction details for accessing authentication should be included with the up-loaded Digital Bid Bond. Bidders shall upload their Digital Bid Bond to the City's bidding system in the appropriate field. It is important to note that a scanned and uploaded copy of a paper Bid Bond is not a Digital Bid Bond.

All bid bonds must be irrevocable and open for bid acceptance for at least ninety (90) days from the date of bid opening.

The City’s e-bidding system can be accessed through the City's web page or at

We encourage you discuss digital bonds with our mutual contractor clients and to advise them that if they intend to bid projects for the City of St. John’s, they will need to register with a digital bond provider. Western Surety Company uses SignatureMaster (also known as Xenex) as our digital bond supplier. Additional information regarding SignatureMaster can be found at

For any questions concerning digital bonds, please contact Wes Benson, Regional Manager, at our Atlantic Canada branch office. He can be reached at (902) 425-7422 or


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