Forward Regulatory Plan: 2021 to 2023: Amending the Government Contracts Regulations
Title or working title of regulatory initiative
Amending the Government Contracts Regulations
Financial Administration Act, section 41
The proposed amendment would remove the requirement for Treasury Board approval of the timing and amounts of advance payments to reduce the burden on departments that is associated with administering large contracts.
The proposed amendment would require three coordinating amendments to remove the permissive clauses regarding advance payments and progress payments, and to remove the definitions of these terms.
The proposed amendment would make technical changes to update the title of the Intelligence Commissioner, and to replace the terms “fournitures” and “marché de travaux publics” in French with “biens” and “marché de construction” to align with the terms that are used in the federal government’s procurement policies and in Canada’s trade agreements.
The proposed amendment would add an exclusion for professional services contracts when engaging expert witnesses and when contracting for services to implement settlement agreements in class action lawsuits.
To reduce the administrative burden on departments, to make technical amendments, and to streamline the application of the Regulations.
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)
Regulatory cooperation is not applicable in regard to this regulatory initiative.
Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses
There would be no direct impact on Canadians, including businesses.
All departments are being consulted on the proposed regulations.
No public consultations are planned as the proposed regulations are to reduce the administrative burden on departments, to make technical amendments, and to streamline the application of the regulations.
Departmental contact information
Office of the Comptroller General
For more information
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