Treasury Board Directive on the Management of Procurement

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Purpose

The purpose of PN-63R1 is to inform Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) Acquisitions Program of changes resulting from the coming into effect of the Treasury Board (TB) Directive on the Management of Procurement.

Effective date

This PN is effective immediately.

Introduction

The TB Directive on the Management of Procurement (the Directive) came into force on May 13, 2021, replacing the Policy on Decision Making in Limiting Contractor Liability in Crown Procurement Contracts and the Contracting Policy. The purpose of the Directive is to ensure that procurement of goods, services and construction obtains the necessary assets and services that support the delivery of programs and services to Canadians, while ensuring best value to Canada. The Directive contains specifics pertaining to limitation of contractor liability and indemnification in contracts.

This PN replaces PN-63 in its entirety.

Overview

To increase performance and improve the delivery of services, the Directive has undergone changes that provide more policy flexibility with respect to limiting contractor liability and indemnification in contracts. Policy flexibility is necessary in continuing to achieve a balance amongst the protection required by Canada against certain risks and liabilities when entering into contracts, marketplace conditions and conditions that are important in assuring program and service delivery results for Canadians.

PWGSC’s policy direction for limiting contractor liability and indemnification has undergone two significant changes to: expected results, and the risk-based model system.

Revisions to the Supply Manual

Select sections have previously been updated to reflect the new Directive in May 2022. Additionally, further sections have been revised in support of this PN. For more details, refer to the Affected Supply Manual sections listed below.

Revisions to the Standard Acquisitions Clauses and Conditions (SACC) Manual

There are no changes to the SACC Manual.

Revisions to the Standard Procurement Templates

There are no changes to the Standard Procurement Templates.

Contact information

Questions regarding the application of this PN-63R1 as it relates to limiting contractor liability and indemnification may be sent to the Strategic Policy Interpretation Centre of Expertise within the Strategic Policy Sector at the following email: tpsgc.papolitiques-appolicy.pwgsc@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Questions regarding the application of this PN-63R1 as it relates to risk may be sent to the Procurement Risk Policy Team within the Strategic Policy Sector at the following email: tpsgc.paspsrisque-apspsrisk.pwgsc@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Questions regarding the SACC Manual or the Standard Procurement Templates may be sent to the following email: TPSGC.Outilsdapprovisionnement-ProcurementTools.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Questions regarding to the Supply Manual can be sent by email to the following email:
TPSGC.PASPSPublications-APSPSPublications.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.