Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive
The BPS Procurement Directive was established by the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, July 1, 2011. The purpose of the Directive is to:
- 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;
- To outline responsibilities of BPS organizations throughout each stage of the procurement process;
- To ensure that procurement processes are managed consistently throughout the BPS;
- The Governing Council of the University of Toronto has incorporated the Ontario BPS Directive as the Procurement Policy of the University of Toronto.
The BPS Procurement Directive was created as part of Bill 122, the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act. For more information on the Directive, visit the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat website.
The University must conduct procurement activities according to Ontario law, including contract law, law of competitive processes, privacy legislation, accessibility legislation and any other applicable legislation. In addition, the University is subject to various trade agreements, including the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) and the Ontario-Quebec Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Where these trade agreements do not require the University to conduct procurement through a competitive process, the University is strongly encouraged to utilize a competitive approach to procurement.