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 services, including construction, consulting services and information technology, are acquired by BPS organizations through a process that is open, fair and transparent;
- Outline responsibilities of BPS organizations throughout each stage of the procurement process; and
- Ensure that procurement processes are managed consistently throughout the BPS
More information on the BPS Procurement Directive can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Finance’s Implementation Guidebook.