With an aim to generate economic benefits for the Canadians, the government of Canada has signed a collaborative procurement partnership with Province of British Columbia.
The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Province of British Columbia has signed an agreement with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to participate in the Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative, which will allow the Province to use federal standing offers to buy certain products.
“Public Services and Procurement Canada is modernizing and improving its procurement partnerships with provinces, territories and municipalities. Since its launch in 2015, the Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative has expanded throughout the country and has increased the number of products that can be purchased. We will continue to collaborate with other levels of government in order to stimulate the economy across Canada,” said the Honorable Minister.
Procurement partnership with Province of British Columbia: Goals and Benefits
According to this novel Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative, a better buying option is provided for the Canadians and thereby offers a modernized procurement practice of buying goods. This initiative is intended to bring together the purchasing power of federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments in order to allow them to purchase goods more efficiently and with less administration, while benefiting from rates negotiated by the Government of Canada.
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“Government procurement plays a key role in economic development and building strong and healthy communities. This agreement demonstrates how governments are working together to deliver the goods and services people need and rely on. Through this partnership, we will save time and money and create economic opportunities for people and companies here in B.C. and across Canada,” says the Minister when enquired about the economic benefits of this partnership.
With the addition of British Columbia, 9 provinces and 3 territories have now joined the initiative, as well as 80 municipalities, 28 academic institutions, 19 school boards and 20 health and social-related organizations that are participating through their home province or territory. Commodities such as ecological paper, office supplies, radios and tires are being purchased as a result of the agreements signed.