Can public procurement change the world?
The Canadian public procurement system currently remains overly dominated by low-price awards, and efforts to integrate sustainability criteria into public procurement in Canada have been largely superficial to date.
Public Services and Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi is pictured in Ottawa on Oct. 27. The federal government has a key role to play in creating alignment across all levels of government to include non-financial criteria and define value for taxpayer-funded contracts, but voluntary standards are unlikely to have much impact, writes Leor Rotchild. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade