Health Canada Procurement Plan (Acquired Services) 2022-2023
Purpose of the procurement plan
Health Canada’s Procurement Plan complements the department’s activities in support of proactive disclosure. The Procurement Plan is designed to provide a high level summary of the department’s planned procurement activities for the fiscal year 2022-23. The plan neither represents a solicitation or a request for proposal, nor is it a commitment by the Government to purchase any of the described property or services.
The objective of government procurement
Government contracting must be conducted in a manner that will:
- Stand the test of public scrutiny in matters of prudence and honesty, facilitate access, encourage competition and reflect fairness in the spending of public funds
- Ensure the pre-eminence of operational requirements
- Support long-term industrial and regional development and other appropriate national objectives, including aboriginal economic development
- Comply with the government's obligations under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP), the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
Key procurement drivers
Health Canada has a Departmental Results Framework with two core responsibilities:
- Health care systems
Health Canada provides national leadership to foster sustainable health care systems that ensure access for Canadians to appropriate and effective health care.
Under the Health Care Systems core responsibility, Health Canada provides national leadership to foster sustainable health care systems. This is mainly achieved through partnerships with provincial and territorial governments and support through targeted funding agreements to organizations and key pan-Canadian health partners that are contributing to health system improvements.
- Health protection and promotion
Within the Health Protection and Promotion core responsibility, Health Canada works with domestic and international partners to assess, manage and communicate the health and safety risks and benefits associated with health and consumer products, food, chemicals, pesticides, environmental factors, tobacco and vaping products, cannabis, and controlled substances. These risks are managed through rigorous regulatory frameworks and by communicating risks and benefits to Canadians so that they can make informed decisions. The distinction between the roles of Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada is outlined in the descriptions of the Core Responsibilities, and expressed in unique departmental results statements and indicators.
Health Canada will deliver on its results for Canadians, in part, through procurement activities that support the priority areas identified in the 2022-23 Health Canada Departmental Plan.
A key consideration for the department is the need for flexibility and agility in its procurement planning and execution within the confines of Government of Canada legislation and policies related to procurement, as well as national and international trade agreements.
Governance and procurement standards
HC has a robust governance structure in place for monitoring and controlling its procurement activities. The structure includes automatic electronic standardized business process mapping through the departmental financial system (SAP), which includes a procurement specialist review and functional oversight through a two-tier Contract Review Committee to ensure compliance with policies and regulations.
Procurement management activities (planning, tendering, acquisition and closure) are subject to reviews and audits by various organizations, including the Office of the Auditor General, Health Canada’s Office of Audit and Evaluation, and the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman. Findings that strengthen the department’s procurement processes are addressed through an audit Management Report Action Plan and its implementation is subject to oversight through the department’s Executive Committee for Finance, Investments, Projects, and Transformation as well as Health Canada’s Departmental Audit Committee.
Health Canada is committed to ensuring that competitive procurement is standard practice, whenever possible. To support this, the Department adheres to the following practices:
- Seeks tender proposals from potential suppliers using the Buyandsell.gc.ca website for all procurements subject to national and international trade agreements, including:
- Utilizes competitively issued standing offer agreements, supply arrangements, and other tools put in place by the Department (translation services, French language training, employee assistance program, etc.) and by the Government of Canada’s primary procurement body, Public Services and Procurement Canada (furniture, office machines, text processing systems and visible record equipment, office supplies and devises, task based informatics professional services, task and solutions professional services, professional services online, temporary help services, etc.)
- Ensures that for all requirements, when competition is beneficial to the Crown and are not published on the Buyandsell.gc.ca website, a minimum of three proposals are requested from potential suppliers when requirements are not subject to the trade agreements.
Buy and sell
The Buyandsell.gc.ca website is an on-line system that advertises government contracting opportunities to potential bidders.
Health Canada publishes Advanced Contract Award Notices (ACAN) through the Buyandsell.gc.ca website to notify suppliers of the intent to award a contract directly to a supplier and to consider statements of qualifications from any suppliers capable of fulfilling the requirement.
Planned procurement volumes
The Department's procurement planning process allows it to identify economies of scale through consolidation of acquisitions, resulting in increased flexibility, avoiding delays through greater use of Standing Offer Agreements and identifying opportunities for enhanced service delivery.
As part of this process, all branches within the Department are requested to identify their planned expenditure activity for acquired services. For the 2022-23 fiscal year, this exercise resulted in the identification of planned expenditures with an estimated value of $229.4 million, as follows:
Professional and special services account for approximately 62.3% of planned procurement activities broken down as follows:
These figures, while only an indicator of planned procurement activity within the department, represent a significant portion of the volume of procurements likely to be undertaken, based on the following historical figures:
Number of Contracts
Total Dollar Value of Agreements
Source: Materiel Management Module in SAP June 2022
Procurements outside of those forecasted in this document include the following:
- procurements of less than $5,000 paid through acquisition cards;
- agreements with other federal departments or other levels of government, including medical and academic institutions; and,
- procurements arising from unanticipated operational requirements.
Items that are frequently procured for the department include:
- professional services such as scientific research, medical, mental, dental, vision care, management consulting services, training and translation;
- other services including temporary help services acquired for general help and cleaning services for buildings;
- materials and supplies such as medical instruments, pharmaceutical and other medicinal products, stationary and office supplies;
- rentals of office equipment, machinery, warehousing and office space; and,
- agreements with hospitals and universities to perform research studies provide data and other consultation services.
Rationale for procurement decisions
Procurement decisions are based upon a number of factors. A main consideration is a life cycle approach to materiel management, and includes:
- evergreening laboratory equipment, information technology equipment and real property based on asset condition and expected life of the assets;
- renewal of expiring contracts for service to support our asset holdings and major projects, where appropriate; and,
- maintenance and renewal of information technology infrastructure to ensure adequate, secure, reliable access and interoperability for electronic information and transactions.
Health Canada supports the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement, including incorporating environmental performance considerations and value for money into the procurement decision-making process.
Cost savings, synergies and value added considerations, such as "greening," are also factored and contribute to the procurement decisions made by program managers.
Additional Information for Suppliers
For more information on becoming a supplier to the Government of Canada, please refer to Public Services and Procurement Canada.
Suppliers are also encouraged to consult the Public Service and Procurement Canada Buyandsell.gc.ca website on a regular basis to seek opportunities to become Health Canada and Government of Canada suppliers.
For any additional enquiries related to Health Canada procurement, please contact:
Manager, Data Management
Procurement, Materiel and Assets Management Division
200 Eglantine Driveway,
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
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