Canada Modernizes Federal Procurement
March 11, 2019
Federal departments and agencies purchase on average $22 billion in
goods and services each year to help deliver programs and services to
Canadians. Through procurement, the Government of Canada is committed to
obtaining the best possible value for all Canadians and advancing
important social and economic objectives.
Today, Parliamentary Secretary Steven MacKinnon, on behalf of the
Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
and Accessibility, announced a comprehensive plan to make federal
procurement processes simpler, more efficient and more accessible for
all suppliers and buyers.
Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public
Services and Procurement and Accessibility, and Member of Parliament for
Gatineau said, “Our government is creating a world-class, accessible
procurement system to deliver better results for Canadians and make it
easier for Canadian companies to do business with the government. Better
Buying is our plan to enhance our procurement system and leverage
federal purchasing power for the greater good.”
Buying is a series of initiatives led by Public Services and Procurement
Canada (PSPC) designed to improve suppliers’ experience, while
supporting accessibility, protecting the environment and creating jobs
for hard-working Canadians.
This includes implementing an electronic procurement solution,
developing enhanced tools to track and manage vendor performance,
simplifying contracts, updating the guide for procurement pricing,
establishing an Accessibility Procurement Resource Centre, and
increasing participation of under-represented groups and Indigenous-led
businesses in federal procurement.
Better Buying was unveiled at the Diversifying the Federal Supply Chain
Summit in Ottawa, Ontario. The summit was organized by the Office of the