Ontario is taking a modern, efficient and transparent approach to eliminate redundancies and deliver simpler, faster, better services to the people of Ontario. Our goal is to get the best value for every public dollar that is spent, to protect what matters most.
Centralizing procurement across the Ontario Public Service and the broader public sector is one of the most forward-thinking ways to do that.
Every year, Ontario spends about $29 billion on goods and services ranging from pacemakers to bandages, to computer and IT hardware. The Ontario Public Service and organizations across the broader public sector - like hospitals and schools – buy those goods and services independently. Imagine how much could be saved if those purchases were purchased in bulk?
By leveraging our massive buying power and streamlining how we work, we will be more efficient, deliver innovative services and goods, and most importantly, work together to reduce costs for the people of Ontario. At the same time, a single-window approach will make it easier for companies of all sizes to work with government.
Spending less money on procurement by taking advantage of the combined buying power of government will save money that can be reinvested in the things that matter most.
To make sure our plan makes the most sense for the people of Ontario, we need your input.
As we reduce duplication the government has put Interim Measures in place as our first step towards collaborative purchasing. These include regular reporting and limiting long-term contracts where appropriate, for example.