Transfer for Contracting and Procuring Defence Supplies

  • The Government of Canada recognizes the challenges associated with military procurement and is examining every aspect of the procurement cycle to find solutions.
  • To streamline procurement processes, Public Services and Procurement Canada gave National Defence the authority to internally manage more of its own acquisitions.
  • National Defence can now buy or acquire defence supplies up to a value of $5 million.
  • To support these new authorities, Public Service and Procurement Canada is transferring $465,729 to National Defence through these Estimates.
  • These funds will go towards 6 full-time positions to support the increase in the volume of purchases that we will now be managing.
  • This additional staff will allow National Defence to manage procurement projects in a timely manner.

Key Facts

  • In 2019, National Defence’s authorities to buy or acquire defence supplies increased to $5M for competitive contracts and $250,000 for non-competitive contracts.
  • National Defence now directly manages over 90% of defence contracts.
  • Since 2015, the Materiel Group has seen a steady growth in personnel of roughly 5% per year, which is aligned with goals included in Strong, Secure, Engaged.
  • This is the fourth and final transfer from Public Services and Procurement Canada to National Defence to support the Material group’s greater contracting authorities.

Version 5; 2020-02-24 – Source: Director Budget draft tab; D Parl A Supps A 2018-19 note, “Contracting and Procurement,”

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