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Contribute to the government’s social and economic objectives by ensuring the goods and services purchased are accessible by design, where possible, so that Canadians with disabilities can use them without adaptation.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is developing guidelines to ensure that procurement opportunities in the future will have accessibility criteria incorporated, and looks forward to working with suppliers to contribute to a barrier-free Canada.
In progress. PSPC is working on various initiatives to apply accessibility requirements in procurement, which means ensuring that the goods and services the government buys are accessible and usable by everyone, including persons with disabilities.
Achievements to Date
- We established the Accessible Procurement Resource Centre (APRC), which serves two main roles: creating and maintaining a list of commodities across government for which accessibility considerations are relevant; and providing direction, guidance and advice on accessible procurement to all federal organizations
- The APRC has developed guidelines to help federal procurement officers consider accessibility at the early stages of the procurement process. We have developed a number of learning resources, including a short video explaining the impact of the Accessible Canada Act and tip sheets for government procurement professionals
- We issued a Request for Information on accessibility standards in information and communications technology (ICT) that gathered suppliers’ feedback on their experience with international accessible ICT standards and ICT procurement tools. The results of this request for information supported the guidance on Information and communications technology standards issued by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
- We supported the Canada School of Public Service in delivering their Spotlight on ACCESSability Series with a procurement-specific event where procurement officers learned more about accessible procurement
- An Ideation Day was held on March 10th, 2020 at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The day brought together procurement officers, policy analysts, advocates, and persons with disabilities to discuss the barriers and challenges the Government of Canada faces when including accessibility in the procurement process. The main goal of the event was to develop several different problem statements to present to Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC)
The APRC is undertaking a number of initiatives to further support the Government of Canada in achieving accessible procurement including:
- Identifying the key goods and services that the federal government buys to include accessibility considerations
- Identifying the key accessibility considerations for a number of goods and services that the federal government buys on a regular basis.
- Research and development of key performance indicators
Video gallery: Incorporating accessibility into the procurement process
PSPC continues to consider international best practices in accessible procurement and is collaborating with persons with disabilities, our government partners and stakeholders.
Learn more about how we are incorporating accessibility in the goods and services we purchase by watching these videos developed by the APRC.
The Accessible Canada Act and Government Procurement
The Accessible Canada Act was passed in June 2019. It is meant to remove barriers to accessibility in all areas of federal jurisdiction. What does accessible procurement mean? Watch to learn more.
What does it mean to consider accessibility in government procurement
What does accessible procurement mean and how do we give meaningful consideration to accessibility when specifying requirements in the goods and services we procure? Public Services and Procurement Canada has developed guidance on how to meet new obligations regarding the consideration of accessibility in procurement. Watch to learn more.
The purpose of the video is to give everyone a sneak peek into the APRC Ideation Day which was held on March 10th, 2020 at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The day brought together procurement officers, policy analysts, advocates, and persons with disabilities to discuss the barriers and challenges the Government of Canada faces when including accessibility in the procurement process. The main goal of the event was to develop several different problem statements to present to ISC.
The Ideation Day was a resounding success and the APRC has been able to use the information gathered to develop several problem statements.
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