Updates to the Code of Conduct for Procurement

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This consultation seeks input from the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) supplier community, non-governmental organizations, and experts on proposed updates to the Code of Conduct for Procurement (the Code). The Code is a statement of principles outlining practices, behaviours, and expectations for suppliers to integrate into their main operations and all tiers of their supply chains.

The updated Code includes expectations for vendors and their Canadian and foreign suppliers to comply with minimum human rights and labour standards adapted from the eight fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization (here) and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (here).

To learn more about the Code please consult our Questions and Answers section.

Background Information

The National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking (2019-2024) includes a commitment to prevent human trafficking in federal procurement supply chains. Updating the Code to incorporate human and labour rights expectations is an important step toward accomplishing this goal.

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour.


The objective of this consultation is to seek input on proposed updates to the Code to ensure that human and labour rights are integrated in a clear, consistent, and actionable manner.

How can you send us your feedback?

You can review the updated Code here, and send us your input through a confidential questionnaire here, which will take you a maximum of 10 minutes to complete.

PSPC’s suppliers are also encouraged to fill out a confidential, five minute survey here.

This feedback will provide us with information on current practices used to understand and mitigate the risks of forced labour and human trafficking in supply chains, and to identify the best tools, practices, and initiatives that can support suppliers in meeting the expectations set out in the updated Code.

Your input is important, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. The deadline for providing all feedback on the updated draft Code is February 19, 2021.

Next Steps

A summary report on the consultation will be posted online to the Buy and Sell website in Spring 2021.