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Table 8: Procurement and Contracting

Points to Address Commission's Input
1. Role played by procurement and contracting in delivering programs Procurement and contracting play a central role in the delivery of the Commission’s human rights mandate. Procurement, in particular, allows the Commission to meet operational requirements by obtaining highly specialized professional services (i.e., consultants, legal counsel, expert witnesses) in support of its mandate.
2. Overview of how the Commission manages its contracting function The Commission operates in a centralized environment with procurement personnel at headquarters. Its procurement authorities are outlined in the Canadian Human Rights Commission Delegations of Financial Signing Authorities document. Advice and guidance on contracting policies and procedures is provided to managers and posted on the Commission’s intranet. The Commission has a Contract Review Committee with clear criteria for the review of contracts and for making recommendations to the Secretary General. All contracts, whether sole source over $10,000 or competitive over $25,000, are reviewed.
3. Progress and new initiatives enabling effective and efficient procurement practices The Commission has made available on its intranet site detailed procurement operational policies, processes, procedures, definitions and tools. Templates have been developed for Requests for Contract, Requests for Contract Amendment and Requests for Proposal.
Key accomplishments: The Commission has provided its staff with standardized and comprehensive contracting and procurement administrative tools and training to facilitate the delivery of the Commission’s mandate.