March 17, 2014 – Winnipeg, MB – PWGSC
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today addressed the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce on Canada’s new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS), announced in February 2014.
The Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) has three key objectives: delivering the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner; leveraging our purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada; and streamlining defence procurement processes.
While in Winnipeg, Minister Finley also took the opportunity to speak with local business leaders and participate in a roundtable discussion on how to improve the overall government procurement process.
The Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) represents a fundamental change in the Government of Canada’s approach to defence procurement, and includes the following components:
Delivering the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner:
- Ensuring early and continuous industry and client engagement in the procurement process;
- Starting in June 2014, publishing an annual Defence Acquisition Guide that outlines National Defence (DND) procurement priorities; and
- Establishing within DND an independent, third-party challenge for military requirements.
Leveraging our purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada:
- Using a weighted and rated Value Proposition, to assess bids for defence and major Canadian Coast Guard procurements;
- Implementing an Export Strategy to support international sales opportunities and participation in global value chains;
- Identifying and applying Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs) to inform potential economic benefits of individual procurements so that they meet the CAF’s needs and increase the competitiveness of Canadian firms in the global marketplace; and
- Establishing an independent, third-party Defence Analytics Institute which will provide expert analysis to support the objectives of the Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) and its evaluation.
Streamlining defence procurement processes:
- Adopting a new regime to ensure streamlined and coordinated decision-making for defence and major Canadian Coast Guard procurements;
- Establishing a Defence Procurement Secretariat within Public Works and Government Services Canada to ensure close coordination among key departments; and
- Reviewing the current National Defence delegated authority to purchase goods with a view to increasing the level from the current $25,000 to achieve more efficient procurement practices.
Office of the Honourable Diane Finley
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