Key Government of Canada policies instruments governing procurement activities are described in this section. Individual departments and other government organizations may have established additional policies and directives to govern various aspects of procurement activities within their own sphere of operations.
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- Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
- Treasury Board Policy Framework for the Management of Assets and Acquired Services
- Related Policy Instruments and Programs
In addition to its role of providing departments and agencies with expert procurement assistance, PWGSC also develops, implements, and maintains a number of policies in the buying and selling field, including:
- Canadian Content Policy (Supply Manual Annex 3.6)
- Policy on Fairness Monitoring Policy (098) (PWGSC policy that establishes third-party monitors to provide an unbiased, impartial opinion on the fairness of procurement activity)
- Policy on Green Procurement
- Code of Conduct for Procurement
For a summary of the key procurement policy instruments, see:
Policy instruments support PWGSC’s efforts to make its procurement function more effective, efficient and responsive to the needs of suppliers and client departments and agencies.
The instruments below were developed for PWGSC’s Acquisitions Program and are accessible to federal government employees through the Acquisitions Program Policy Suite on GCpedia.
- Policy on Engagement
- Engagement Guideline
- Directive on Complex Procurement Governance
- Guideline for Risk Management in Complex Procurement
- Risk Management Matrix Tool
- Guideline on Capabilities for Complex Procurement
- Basic Guide for Bid Evaluation Process
- Statement of Work Guide
- Directive on the Processing of Low Dollar Value Procurements
- Directive on the Use of Cost and Price Analysis Services
- Guideline on the Use of Cost and Price Analysis Services
Many of the key procurement-related policies are supporting policy instruments of the Policy Framework for the Management of Assets and Acquired Services. The framework and its policies set the direction for the management of assets and acquired services.
The key policies and directives governing public sector procurement are:
- Common Services Policy
- Policy on Decision Making in Limiting Contractor Liability in Crown Procurement Contracts
- Contracting Policy
- Procurement Review Policy
Procurement activities may be subject to, or informed by, additional policy instruments established in various related areas. Related policies often applied to procurement include:
- Aboriginal Procurement Policy (including Aboriginal Procurement Set Aside)
- Directive on Disposal of Surplus Material
- Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy (Industry Canada policy designed to ensure Canadian industry benefit from Government defence and security procurement)
- Policy on Management of Materiel
- Policy on Title to Intellectual Property Arising Under Crown Procurement Contracts
Under the Federal Contractors Program employers agree to carry out and keep an employment equity program in their workplace. Employers who do not fulfill specified requirements will be found in non-compliance with the Program and may be placed on the List of Ineligible Contractors and be subject to sanctions.
Visit the Federal Contractors Program page for more information.
PWGSC provides a number of contract security services related to buying and selling. These include:
- contract security;
- managing controlled goods; and
- security screening of organizations and individuals.
Visit the Contract Security Program website for more information.