Government of Canada Awards New Contracts for Government Cellular Services

News Release

For Immediate Release

October 3, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Shared Services Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to modernizing its information technology to ensure federal workers have the tools they need to deliver the digital services Canadians expect.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Minister responsible for Shared Services Canada (SSC), announced the award of cellular services and mobile devices contracts of up to $432.1 million over six years to Bell Mobility and Rogers Communications Inc. The new contracts will provide flexible service plans and improved rates.

SSC is ensuring the ongoing provision of voice, text and data services to approximately 230,000 cellular devices currently used by employees in more than 100 departments and agencies. With these new contracts in place, public servants will continue to have access to modern, secure, and reliable technology.

The new contracts will offer more flexible service plans including unlimited national long-distance calls, lower international roaming rates based on location and data usage, and free voice-to-mail text messaging services. Additionally, a new flexible data plan will automatically adjust based on usage to help avoid any unexpected charges.

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“These new contracts consolidate and modernize the Government of Canada’s information technology, providing public servants with the mobile tools they need to stay connected, and to efficiently deliver services to Canadians.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Minister responsible for Shared Services Canada

Quick Facts

  • These contracts provide cost-effective provisioning of cellular services to support a mobile and connected workforce.


    The contracts are based on a multi-supplier model. If the primary supplier, Bell Mobility, cannot ensure needs are met, a secondary supplier, Rogers Communications Inc., is already in place.


    SSC executed an open, fair and transparent procurement process for the provision of cellular devices and services for the Government of Canada.


    SSC engaged the telecommunications industry through its collaborative and competitive procurement process and identified best practices for the delivery and implementation of cellular services.



Media Relations

Shared Services Canada


Mary-Rose Brown

Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Telephone: 819-997-5421

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