Category: Procurement

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Quebec Public Procurement – New Procurement Authority Ramps Up

August 10, 2018

On July 25, 2018, Denis Gallant took office as the first president and chief executive officer of the Autorité des marchés publics (AMP), Quebec’s central public procurement supervisory body, following his appointment by the National Assembly. This entry into office comes almost eight months after the adoption An Act to facilitate oversight of public bodies’ contracts and to establish the…

British Columbia Introduces New Public Procurement Strategy

July 24, 2018

The B.C. Ministry of Citizens’ Services (Ministry) recently introduced a new procurement strategy (Strategy), with the aim to “change the way government buys goods and services and make it easier for businesses to access opportunities”. With over C$6-billion spent annually by the B.C. government on procuring goods and services, the Strategy could have a big impact in the province.  The…

Ontario Court Upholds Debarment of Municipal Contractor, Confirms Municipalities’ Broad Discretion in Commercial Decision-Making

July 10, 2018

In its recent decision, Interpaving Limited v. City of Greater Sudbury, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) (Court) upheld a municipality’s four-year debarment of a contractor, affirming municipalities’ broad discretion to make business decisions. The Court also described the scope of the duty of procedural fairness in public sector debarments.   BACKGROUND Interpaving Limited (Contractor) is a road…

Ontario Responds to “Buy American” Measures with the Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018

March 9, 2018

The Government of Ontario has passed the Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018 (Act) in response to measures taken in certain U.S. jurisdictions that restrict Ontario businesses’ opportunities to participate in public procurements. The Act is not yet in force in Ontario. However, when any regulations enacted under the Act come into effect there may be significant consequences for procuring entities…

Fight Against Corruption: Quebec Grants UPAC Greater Independence, Authorizes Agreements with Cooperating Witnesses

February 21, 2018

The recommendations of the Charbonneau Commission report filed in November 2015 continue to resonate within the Quebec legislative landscape. An Act to increase the jurisdiction and independence of the Anti-Corruption Commissioner and the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes and expand the power of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions to grant certain benefits to cooperating witnesses (Act), implementing several of…

Updated Procurement Thresholds for Canada’s Free Trade Agreements in Effect

January 12, 2018

In its December 21, 2017 Contract Policy Notice, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat published an updated set of procurement thresholds that have been indexed for inflation and came into effect on January 1, 2018. The notice provides the new thresholds applicable to covered federal government procuring entities under Canada’s international free trade agreements (FTAs), such as the North American Free Trade…

International Competition Network Addresses Bid-Rigging in Government Procurement

October 16, 2017

In October 2017, Canada’s Commissioner of Competition John Pecman (Commissioner) joined competition law enforcement authorities from around the world in Ottawa for the International Competition Network’s (ICN) 14th annual Cartel Workshop, which focused on “combating cartels in public procurement”. The Cartel Workshop involved 27 sessions addressing bid-rigging issues such as detection in public versus private procurement, screening public procurement data…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

CETA’s Impact on the Canadian Market

September 21, 2017

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is now in force, on a provisional basis, creating new opportunities for Canadian businesses. We will be releasing a number of resources to help you navigate this new landscape, including: A Primer on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Also, please see the following articles: CETA Now in Force: Are…

A Primer on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

September 21, 2017

CETA is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) and its member states. CETA comprises 30 chapters of rules respecting trade between Canada and the EU. The agreement was signed by Canadian and EU leaders on October 30, 2016. CETA will enter into force, on a provisional basis, on September 21, 2017.

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