Public Services and Procurement Canada

What the department of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) does and why it exists.

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Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) plays an important role in the daily operations of the Government of Canada. It supports federal departments and agencies in the achievement of their mandated objectives as their:

  • central purchasing agent
  • real property manager
  • linguistic authority
  • treasurer
  • accountant
  • pay and pension administrator
  • common service provider

Mission, vision and values

PSPC's mission is to deliver high-quality, central programs and services that ensure sound stewardship on behalf of Canadians and meet the program needs of federal institutions.

Its vision is to excel in government operations.

Its fundamental values of respect, integrity, excellence, and leadership guide the way it supports the government, Canadians and communities.


PSPC's goal is to manage our business in a way that demonstrates:

  • integrity
  • accountability
  • efficiency
  • transparency
  • added-value for its client departments and agencies, and Canadians

Operating context

With over 16 500 employees across the country, and offices located in communities from coast to coast to coast, PSPC manages an annual budget of over $4 billion. PSPC operations are vast, given its role, as:

  • the administrator of payments made to and on behalf of the Government of Canada
  • the largest federal owner and manager of office space in the country, providing safe, healthy and productive working environments for federal employees across Canada, including accommodation to parliamentarians and more than 260,000 public servants
  • the main buyer for the Government of Canada, purchasing approximately $37 billion worth every year on behalf of federal departments and agencies
  • the largest linguistic services organization within Canada providing translation, interpretation and terminology services to federal departments, agencies, and parliamentarians
  • Canada's largest payroll and pension administrator, handling compensation for more than 900,000 government pay and pensioner accounts

PSPC is an expert in a wide variety of fields, from professional purchasers to translators, from accountants to banking experts, and from architects and engineers to sustainable development experts. Its people manage a variety of programs and services and are its greatest asset.

Services and programs

PSPC delivers on its mandate in the following areas:


The department, founded in 1841, was instrumental in the building of our nation's canals, roads and bridges, the Houses of Parliament, post offices and federal buildings across the country.

The Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (the Act), passed in 1996, established the current department and set out the legal authorities for PSPC's services.

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