3.51. Integrity overview

Attention! As the transition to CanadaBuys is ongoing, Supply Manual references to ABE are to be interpreted as a generic system reference only. Users of the SAP Ariba environment should adapt their activities accordingly.

Buyers are advised to consult the tools available on CanadaBuys for guidance and procedures on completing procurement transactions in the SAP Ariba environment.

  1. To strengthen the integrity of procurement and to ensure that the Government does business with ethical suppliers in Canada and abroad, the Government of Canada implemented a government-wide Integrity Regime for procurement and real property transactions. The Regime fosters ethical business practices, ensures due process for suppliers and upholds the public trust in the procurement process. It is transparent, rigorous and consistent with best practices in Canada and abroad, while supporting transparent competition and an ethical Canadian marketplace.
  2. The Integrity Regime is administered by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) under the authority of the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, the Financial Administration Act as well as through the operation of various Memoranda of Understanding that have been concluded with other government departments, agencies and certain crown corporations. The Integrity Regime consists of the Ineligibility and Suspension Policy and the Integrity Provisions found in section 01 of standard instructions 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and general conditions 2005, 2010A, 2010B, 2010C, 2020, 2029, 2030, 2035 and 2040 of PWGSC’s Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions Manual.
    Note: Contracting officers should become familiar with the content of the Ineligibility and Suspension Policy.
  3. The Integrity Regime applies to supply contracts, construction contracts, real property contracts, and service contracts. All contracts and solicitations, including those that will result in a pre-qualified list, must include the Integrity Provisions. As the Policy is incorporated by reference, all exceptions provided by the Integrity Regime will therefore apply. Specific exceptions provided by the Integrity Regime are found in Section 4. Application of the Ineligibility and Suspension Policy.
  4. The Government of Canada may enter into contracts with bidders, offerors or suppliers that would otherwise be ineligible to be awarded a contract or suspended through mechanisms provided in the Integrity Regime (i.e. Public Interest Exceptions and Administrative Agreements). Additional information regarding Administrative Agreements and Public Interest Exceptions are provided in Section 14. Administrative Agreements and Section 15. Public Interest Exception  of the Ineligibility and Suspension Policy, as well as in Section 4.21.1 Administrative Agreements and 4.21.2 Public Interest Exception of the Supply Manual.
  5. Details on the integrity process are described in the following sections: