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Green Procurement

1. How is your department planning to meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement?

Health Canada supports the objectives of the Green Procurement Policy, including incorporating environmental performance considerations and value for money into the procurement decision making process. Health Canada is an active participant in federal procurement reform initiatives, such as the establishment of mandatory standing offers led by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), which incorporate environmental performance and lifecycle analysis.

Health Canada has incorporated green procurement targets in the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) 2007-2010 in support of the Green Procurement Policy.

2. Has your department established green procurement targets?


3. Describe the green procurement targets that have been set up by your department and indicate the associated benefits anticipated?

Health Canada has established targets in the SDS 2007-10 in support of the Green Procurement Policy. They are:

  1. By March 2010, all material managers and procurement personnel will attend a recognized training course on green procurement offered by PWGSC, Canada School of Public Service (CSPS), or any other federal government department
  2. By March 2010, incorporate tracking tools into the existing systems (e.g. SAP) to monitor green purchases.

Health Canada is working to incorporate green procurement tracking procedures in its existing enterprise system through participation in horizontal SAP initiatives with other SAP departments. Once implemented, communications and awareness to users will facilitate the anticipated benefit of benchmarking and reporting progress on green procurement.

Health Canada is committed to training all procurement personnel and materiel managers through the Canada School of Public Service online course on green procurement. Associated benefits relating to knowledgeable functional experts includes raising awareness and providing advice regarding sound procurement planning and green procurement opportunities with cost centre managers (the contracting authorities). The department also promotes training of cost centre managers on green procurement by encouraging them to take the CSPS on-line training, by broadcasting general awareness messages and by participating in Environment Week in the National Capital Area.