Brief Introduction to the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive

All public sector organizations in Ontario must adhere to the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive when making procurement decisions. The Directive is essentially a legal rule book for spending tax dollars, and must be adhered to by all BPS institutions receiving in excess of $10 million in government funding. The purpose of the Directive is to: Ensure that publicly funded goods and …

Nicholas CloetBrief Introduction to the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive

Ontario’s Local Food Act: What it Means for Public Sector Institutions

Ontario’s new Local Food Act (2013) came into effect this year. Its stated goals are  to “foster successful and resilient local food economies and systems in Ontario, help increase awareness of local food in Ontario, and develop new markets for local food”1. Article 4(1) of the Act requires that the Minister of Agriculture establish goals or targets to aspire to in the following …

Nicholas CloetOntario’s Local Food Act: What it Means for Public Sector Institutions

Four Ontario Institutions Use Purchasing Power Worth $10 million to Put More Local Food on the Table

3P Mentorship Program helps public institutions push the market to be responsive to local food needs Toronto, Ontario, June 6, 2014 Four Ontario public institutions, representing more than $10 million in food purchasing power, are collaborating on a shared vision to get more local food into their facilities. This first cohort of the Public Purse Procurement (3P) Mentorship Program, represented …

Nicholas CloetFour Ontario Institutions Use Purchasing Power Worth $10 million to Put More Local Food on the Table

Getting More Local Food in Ontario Hospitals

St. Joseph’s Health System Group Purchasing Organization collaborated with My Sustainable Canada to help Ontario hospitals increase their purchasing of local food by 15%, resulting in an investment of $1.3 million in healthy food and sustainable agriculture across a 2-year period. Both organizations were recognized as “Ontario’s Local Food Champions’ (2012) by the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund based on …

Nicholas CloetGetting More Local Food in Ontario Hospitals

Flexibility is key to getting local food in Ontario health care facilities

Toronto, Ontario. February 22, 2013 – Flexibility, not legislation, is the best way to get local food into Ontario hospitals, according to a policy paper developed by researchers at the University of Guelph along with their research partners, My Sustainable Canada and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. Based on a three-year study funded by a grant from the …

Nicholas CloetFlexibility is key to getting local food in Ontario health care facilities