April 17, 2014 – Vancouver, BC – The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today attended the Western Innovation Forum to provide an update on Canada’s new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS).
The DPS has three key objectives: delivering the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner; leveraging our purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada; and streamlining defence procurement processes.
Minister Finley outlined progress being made on the Strategy. She clearly stated that, within the identified thresholds, any procurement that does not already have a final published Request for Proposal, is on the table for consideration of a Value Proposition.
She also spoke directly to the many industry representatives in attendance at the conference, stating that industry must be actively engaged in working with the Government to continue implementing the Strategy.
The DPS represents a fundamental change in the Government of Canada’s approach to defence procurement, and includes the following components:
Delivering the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner:
- Ensuring early and continuous industry and client engagement in the procurement process;
- Starting in June 2014, publishing an annual Defence Acquisition Guide that outlines National Defence (DND) procurement priorities; and
- Establishing within DND an independent, third-party challenge for military requirements.
Leveraging our purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada:
- Using a weighted and rated Value Proposition, to assess bids for defence and major Canadian Coast Guard procurements;
- Implementing an Export Strategy to support international sales opportunities and participation in global value chains;
- Identifying and applying Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs) to inform potential economic benefits of individual procurements so that they meet the CAF’s needs and increase the competitiveness of Canadian firms in the global marketplace; and
- Establishing an independent, third-party Defence Analytics Institute which will provide expert analysis to support the objectives of the DPS and its evaluation.
Streamlining defence procurement processes:
- Adopting a new regime to ensure streamlined and coordinated decision-making for defence and major Canadian Coast Guard procurements;
- Establishing a Defence Procurement Secretariat within Public Works and Government Services Canada to ensure close coordination among key departments; and
- Reviewing the current National Defence delegated authority to purchase goods with a view to increasing the level from the current $25,000 to achieve more efficient procurement practices.
“I am delighted to be here in Vancouver to talk with Western Canada’s industry leaders about how the Defence Procurement Strategy is progressing. This new strategy means job creation, economic growth and long term prosperity for Canada.”
“The new Defence Procurement Strategy is truly a new partnership between industry and government as we fulfill our commitment to providing our men and women in uniform with the equipment that they need in a timely and cost-effective way, while also respecting Canadians’ hard-earned tax dollars.”
Minister, Public Works and Government Services