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Table 18: Procurement and Contracting

As a provider of Quality Services, PWGSC acquires goods, services and construction on behalf of the departments and agencies of the Government of Canada.

In 2006-2007, over 61,000 contractual documents covering 15,000 goods and services, for a total value of $10.770 billion, were processed.

Original contracts, excluding amendments, accounted for over 34,000 documents valued at $8 billion. Of these, 63.3% were awarded through competitive process, 7.3% used Advance Contract Award Notices (ACANs) and 29.4 percent were non-competitive. The increase in non-competitive contracts this year can be attributed in part to 10 contracts valued at almost $1 billion that were awarded on behalf of the Department of National Defence for national security reasons or exclusive rights (i.e., only one supplier firm is capable of performing the contract) reasons.

PWGSC provides opportunities to Aboriginal businesses through contracting and, this year, awarded 1,253 contracts in Aboriginal procurements, worth over $253 million.

The Department of National Defence continues to be PWGSC's largest client, accounting for about 47 percent of business volume. PWGSC's top ten clients accounted for 92 percent of the business volume and 79 percent of the documents processed.

To support its role in providing the above quality services, PWGSC continued to reinforce its sound stewardship framework of procurement procedures and policies. Sound stewardship fosters the cost-effective and efficient delivery of contracting services to the government, while complying with legislative obligations, including those related to national and international trade agreements.

Further information regarding how PWGSC manages the contracting function, including related contracting authorities, delegations and policies can be viewed at: