Category: Procurement

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Canada’s Procurement System Gets a Boost: CFTA Now in Effect, CETA on Its Heels

July 12, 2017

On July 1, 2017, the widely anticipated update to Canada’s domestic trade agreement, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), came into force. The CFTA is an agreement among the Canadian provinces, territories and the federal government and replaces the 1995 Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The CFTA is more comprehensive than the AIT because it covers nearly every sector of…

Webinar: Procurement Roadmap: Navigating Fairness in the Procurement Process

November 28, 2016

Join Partners from our Procurement group for a webinar on navigating fairness in the procurement process. Topics for this webinar will include: Procurement and fairness: basic principles Common fairness issues Judicial review and fairness Speakers Judy Wilson, Partner Marianne Smith, Partner Robin Linley, Partner Mandatory Continuing Education OntarioThis program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of Substantive content. QuebecYou will…

Infographic: Key Issues When Doing Business with the Canadian Public Sector

October 31, 2016

Canada’s public-sector entities include all levels of government, Crown corporations, government agencies, boards and commissions, public utilities, and a wide variety of public institutions, including hospitals and educational institutions. When engaging with the public sector, additional legal requirements and practical matters need to be considered, above and beyond the usual legal and commercial issues encountered in private transactions.

Amendments to the Integrity Regime – A Step in the Right Direction

April 27, 2016

On April 4, 2016, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) (formerly known as Public Works and Government Services Canada) made a number of important amendments to the Integrity Regime governing procurement and real property transactions with the Government of Canada. The Integrity Regime was unveiled in July 2015 and replaced its much maligned predecessor, the Integrity Framework. For a discussion…

2016 Ontario Budget: C$160-Billion Boost to Infrastructure Paves Way for Job Creation

February 26, 2016

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government (Province) released its 2016 budget, titled “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow” (Budget). The Budget focuses on economic growth and job creation across Ontario. Investments in infrastructure are intended to play a large role in these goals by stimulating job creation today, and supporting jobs in the future. As the Budget details, the Province…

New Federal Integrity Regime: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

July 15, 2015

On July 3, 2015, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) announced the implementation of a new government-wide Integrity Regime for all federal government procurement, effective immediately. The Integrity Regime replaces the Integrity Framework initially introduced by PWGSC in 2012 and amended in March 2014, which was heavily criticized as being unfairly harsh for its lack of due process and…

Update: New Measures Adopted by Quebec to Promote Integrity in Public Contracts

April 30, 2015

On April 1, 2015, the Act to Ensure Mainly the Recovery of Amounts Improperly Paid as a Result of Fraud or Fraudulent Tactics in Connection with Public Contracts (Act) received assent following its unanimous adoption by Quebec’s national assembly on March 24. The Act, which was inspired by solutions implemented in Holland, seeks to strengthen integrity in public contracts and…

2015 Federal Budget: Infrastructure and P3s on the Move

April 23, 2015

  INTRODUCTION   On April 21, 2015, Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget (Budget). The Budget reaffirmed several of the government’s past commitments to infrastructure renewal and introduced some new measures of interest to those involved in infrastructure projects across Canada, particularly under the alternative financing and procurement and public-private partnership (P3) models.     NEW PUBLIC…

Public Procurement in Quebec: New Authorization Regime under Judicial Scrutiny

June 12, 2014

On December 7, 2012, in the wake of the corruption and collusion scandals, the newly elected Quebec government (Government) adopted its first piece of legislation, the Integrity in Public Contracts Act (Integrity Act), which introduced the requirement for business enterprises wishing to contract with the Government to obtain a prior authorization from the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), Quebec’s financial markets regulator….

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