Modernization of government-wide procurement policy – Transition from the Contracting Policy to the Directive on the Management of Procurement

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March 9, 2022 - Ottawa - On May 13, 2022, two policies related to federal procurement will be replaced by a single Treasury Board directive entitled Directive on the Management of Procurement (the Directive). This change is part of the Government of Canada’s work to modernize the government-wide policies that govern the management of federal assets and acquired services.

What you need to know

The Directive ensures procurements continue to be carried out in a fair, open, and transparent manner.
In addition, it

  • encourages more flexible procurement approaches
  • sets the conditions for greater collaboration with industry
  • better enables departments to leverage procurements to support environmental, Indigenous and socio-economic considerations where appropriate as part of achieving best value for Canada

Departments were given a year to transition from the Contracting Policy to the Directive, during which they could follow the Contracting Policy or the Directive on a case-by-case basis to conduct their procurements. On May 13, 2022, when the transition period is over, the Contracting Policy and the Policy on Decision Making in Limiting Contractor Liability in Crown Procurement Contracts will be rescinded, and departments will be required to implement the requirements of the Directive.

If you have any questions about this transition or the Directive, please contact us by email at: TBS Public Enquiries.

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