Filomena Tassi

Planing to diversify government suppliers

eAwaz Local News

Gatineau – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is helping more businesses get involved in federal procurement to build a more inclusive economy.

Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, launched the Supplier Diversity Action Plan at the 4th Annual Diversifying the Federal Supply Chain Summit, organized by the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman. The Plan outlines concrete steps to increase the participation of businesses from underrepresented groups in federal procurement.

As a cornerstone of the Plan, PSPC has developed a Policy on Social Procurement, which articulates how the department will use procurement as a vehicle to reduce barriers, increase supplier diversity and enhance economic and social opportunities for underrepresented groups.

The Supplier Diversity Action Plan also includes enhanced services, delivered through Procurement Assistance Canada (formerly the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises), to help underrepresented groups successfully participate in federal procurement. This includes establishing a new coaching service for underrepresented suppliers that have had limited success in federal procurements.

The Action Plan stems from extensive engagement with suppliers from underrepresented groups to identify expectations, challenges and measures of success for social procurement. This input will continue to guide PSPC’s efforts, notably the development of a Program on Social Procurement.

These, and the other elements of the Supplier Diversity Action Plan, will help build a more inclusive economy and boost the competitiveness and prosperity of Canadian businesses.

“With these initiatives, we are delivering on the government’s commitment to supplier diversity in federal procurement, so that Canada can provide equal business opportunities for all. Our diversity is our strength, and is key to our country’s economic and social growth. We will continue the work with entrepreneurs and organizations from across Canada to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in federal procurement.”

Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement