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Sourcing & Procurement

Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive

The Government of Ontario has issued the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive, which applies to designated Broader Public Sector (BPS) Organizations. Designated BPS Organizations include publicly funded organizations that received public funds of $10 million or more in the previous fiscal year of the Government of Ontario. ICES is classified as a BPS Organization and its procurement governance framework must therefore be in compliance with the Directive.

The BPS Procurement Directive Principles

  • Accountability – Organizations must be accountable for the results of their procurement decisions and the appropriateness of the processes.
  • Transparency – Organizations must be transparent to all stakeholders. Wherever possible, stakeholders must have equal access to information on procurement opportunities, processes and results.
  • Value for Money – Organizations must maximize the value they receive from the use of public funds. A value-for-money approach aims to deliver goods and services at the optimum total lifecycle cost.
  • Quality Service Delivery – Front-line services provided by Organizations, such as teaching and patient care, must receive the right product, at the right time, in the right place.
  • Process Standardization – Standardized processes remove inefficiencies and create a level playing field.

ICES Procurement Policy

As a designated BPS Organization, ICES’ Procurement Policy is based on the requirements set out in the BPS Procurement Directive.