Information Technology Procurement Working Group

In February 2010, members of the Public Sector Chief Information Officer Council (PSCIOC) endorsed the idea of forming a Canadian inter-jurisdictional working group comprised of officials that would explore potential opportunities for cooperation and collaboration with respect to information & information technology (I&IT) procurement. The IT Procurement Working Group consists of senior level representatives from the federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as municipal representatives from the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA).

The mandate of the IT Procurement Working Group is to:

  • assess opportunities for the federal, provincial, territorial governments, and MISA to leverage existing and/or new I&IT agreements to benefit all participating governments;
  • utilize the spending capabilities of the federal, provincial, territorial governments and MISA to improve procurement deals as much as possible; and,
  • share best practices in approaches to I&IT procurement and other information as appropriate.

The objectives of the IT Procurement Working Group are to recognize the collective spending capability of the federal, provincial and territorial governments and MISA to improve procurement deals that will:

  • reduce prices as much as possible;
  • provide contractual terms and conditions that strike the right balance between protection for citizens and commercial reasonableness;
  • reduce administrative costs for governments by reducing duplication of effort across jurisdictions; and,
  • seek appropriate procurement practices by I&IT vendors with regard to Canadian jurisdictions.