The Procurement Rules and Process

Attention: The Government Procurement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue to apply until the recently announced United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is ratified and enters into force. More information about the USMCA will be provided in the coming weeks.

The objective of government contracting is to acquire goods, services and construction in a manner that:

  • Facilitates access;
  • Encourages competition;
  • Treats suppliers fairly; and
  • Results in the best value to Canada.

Government contracting must be conducted in a manner that will:

  • stand the test of public scrutiny and reflect fairness in the spending of public funds;
  • respect operational requirements;
  • support long-term industrial and regional development and other appropriate national objectives, including aboriginal economic development; and
  • comply with the government's obligations under the trade agreements.

For more information

For more information about the procurement process, please see the PWGSC Supply Manual, Chapter 1: Public Procurement.