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Public Services and Procurement Canada helps pave the way for Canada Day celebrations

Did you know that many Canada Day traditions are supported by Public Services and Procurement Canada? From setting standards for the flags used by the federal government to preparing the site of the main ceremonies, we help make Canada Day special.

Helping Indigenous businesses participate in federal procurement

Indigenous entrepreneur Cydney Mar recently discovered that, with support from Procurement Assistance Canada, a small business owner like herself can compete effectively for federal contracts. Follow her journey to becoming a federal supplier.

Wellness, community and diversity

The Pension Centre Revitalization Project will honour Indigenous and Acadian cultures with different landscaping aspects.

Creating space for Indigenous culture

Public Services and Procurement Canada is providing space at the C.D Howe building for an exhibit of Indigenous art created by students who are members of the “PETES Art Club” in Gatineau.

Canada's first federal carbon-neutral building

The 25 St. Clair rehabilitation project is set to achieve net-zero emissions. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the important aspects of the project, but find out how it will be environmentally friendly inside and out.

GCSurplus: A second life for thousands of items

A simple and accessible way to be part of the collective effort to protect the environment: GCSurplus.

25 St. Clair in Toronto: Accessibility 3.0

The 25 St. Clair building in Toronto is going through a major modernization. Learn how this project will create a more accessible and barrier-free environment for people with disabilities.

Making words accessible

Find out how language can play a role in accessibility and enable everyone to participate fully in society. The Translation Bureau has co-developed a guide on the right terms to use.

Helping the government listen to Canadians

Have you ever been asked your opinion on Government of Canada activities? With the support of Public Services and Procurement Canada, the federal government regularly conducts public opinion research and was very committed to hearing the views of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seeking market innovations to turn pixels into accessible documents

The Document Imaging Solutions Centre is working with the private sector on an innovation project to make digital files accessible for all readers. This initiative will help Canada continue to show leadership on accessibility, innovation, and transparent government.

Making it easier for businesses to work with the government

The Government of Canada buys a wide range of goods and services each year. Find out how our Procurement Assistance Canada team provides the information businesses need to help them compete for federal contracts while promoting supplier diversity.

Interpreting President Zelenskyy's address: A high-precision job

Simultaneous interpretation can sometimes be especially challenging, like during the Ukrainian president's address to Parliament.

Federal procurement helping to achieve social goals

Through our new Policy on Social Procurement, we're striving to reduce barriers and increase federal contracting opportunities for equity-deserving groups. They include Black and racialized peoples, women, the LGBTQ2+ community, and persons with disabilities.

Coordinating crop donations for Canadians in need

We have partnered with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to donate thousands of pounds of fresh produce to Food Banks Canada, an initiative which helps Canadians experiencing food insecurity.

Interpretation in Indigenous languages, past to present

Offered for the first time on January 15, 1959, simultaneous interpretation of parliamentary proceedings has long been limited to English and French. In fact, simultaneous interpretation in Indigenous languages was not introduced in Parliament until some 50 years later, first in the Senate in 2008, then in the House of Commons in 2019.

Randle Reef remediation project enters final stage

Hamilton Harbour, a Great Lakes Area of Concern on the western tip of Lake Ontario, is the location of the largest contaminated sediment site on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes. Randle Reef is in the southwest corner of the harbour, is roughly 60 hectares or 120 football fields in size, and contains high concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals.

A new high point for Canada's language industry leader

On July 26, 2021, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon officially became the 30th Governor General of Canada. Canadians were able to follow the installation ceremony for the new governor general not only in English and French, but also in American Sign Language, Quebec Sign Language and Inuktitut, thanks to the Translation Bureau's outstanding work.

The Canada Gazette celebrates its 180th birthday

The Canada Gazette is celebrating 180 years of service. Its evolution over the years has been impressive. Learn more about its history and the challenges it has faced.

Supporting the revitalization of Canada's Indigenous languages

The leaders' debates, which took place on September 8 and 9, highlighted the Government of Canada's commitment to inclusion and dialogue with Indigenous nations across the country.

Removing barriers for Canadians with disabilities

December 3, 2021, the department is recognizing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day aims to increase awareness and promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life.

Ceremonial Protocol: not just fuzzy ropes

PSPC's Ceremonial Protocol team understands how important ceremonies are and how small details can set the backdrop for celebrations and events of significance. Remembrance Day, the Speech from the Throne and foreign dignitary visits are all part of their responsibilities.

Committing to AccessAbility in the workplace

In honour of National AccessAbility Week, we're highlighting a few different ways the department is ensuring the needs of persons with disabilities are taken into consideration, while working towards a more inclusive workplace.

Investigating fraud and conflicts of interest in the public service

The Special Investigation and Internal Disclosure Directorate is responsible for looking into suspected fraud and conflict of interest. Learn what it's like to work in the directorate from team members Réal Benoit and Daniel Laurence.

The Receiver General: A 23-year streak with clean audits of Canada's books

Since the late 1990s, Canada's financial statements have received a perfect bill of health.

Another step closer to anti-racism, diversity and inclusion

In December 2020, the department created the Task Force on Anti-Racism, Workplace Culture and Equity to help change the workplace culture and implement measures that will reduce barriers to inclusion. Learn more about the commitments of the Task Force.

Élise Côté: Bringing more women into the marine world

Meet Public Service and Procurement Canada employee Élise Côté. Élise has spent a successful 20-year career in what for some women might be considered a non-traditional profession. In celebration of International Women's Day, Élise reflects on her career in the hope that her story might inspire other women and girls.

Creating order from chaos and out trending Bieber

Some Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) employees have been working since March 2020 to procure personal protective equipment for Canada's health system. Faced with an unprecedented emergency, they had to find new and innovative ways of working while showing dedication, professionalism and care.

An awesome, life-changing experience

Get to know a public servant involved in the mission to protect Canadians against COVID-19 who found depths of energy and determination that even she found surprising.

How one Canadian company extended the life of disposable N-95 masks

Read about when the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to spread across Canada, there was a chronic shortage of N-95 masks for frontline health care workers.

WUXLY: Made-in-Canada personal protective equipment

Find out how a Toronto-based company went from creating environmentally and animal-friendly coats to producing more than a million reusable gowns for the Government of Canada.

Edmonton's PRI-MED: A COVID-19 story like no other

Read about an Edmonton-based company that owns 3 manufacturing plants in China. They have been making personal protective equipment for use in Canada and around the world.

Hawktree Solutions providing the federal government with goggles, masks and hand sanitizer

Read the story behind a business we contracted to supply goggles and masks and Quebec-made hand sanitizer.

Medicom Group supporting Canada's efforts to combat COVID-19

We contracted a Montréal-based international medical supplier to supply N95 respirators and level 3 surgical masks.

From a WhatsApp message to a federal contract

Read how owners of small businesses combined their firms' skills to produce 4 million face shields for the federal government.

Indigenous-owned company delivering essential goods to help all Canadians

We awarded a contract to Spirit Healthcare from Manitoba. The company is supplying personal protective equipment to help all Canadians during the pandemic.

Fluid Energy making 10 million litres of hand sanitizer for the Government of Canada

Read about a Canadian business we contracted to make 10 million litres of hand sanitizer for the Government of Canada.

All hands on deck at Receiver General for Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

Read how employees at the Receiver General operations in Matane, Quebec, went back to work in April to ensure Canadians received their payments.

The Stevens Company is helping the Government of Canada in the fight against COVID-19

Read about a medical supply distributor we contracted to supply gloves, masks, gowns, alcohol and disinfectants during the pandemic.

The Canadian Shield playing a key role in supporting the Government of Canada

Read the story behind a small Canadian business we contracted to supply face shields for Health Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Making federal buildings more energy efficient

At Public Services and Procurement Canada, we have over 100 buildings that meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. We are making our federal buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.

Hydrographic Surveyors with Public Services and Procurement Canada

Hydrographic surveyors with Public Services and Procurement Canada are responsible for providing detailed underwater maps which are used for quality assurance in dredging projects for the Federal government.

Celebrating Public Services and Procurement Canada

We are proud to manage one of the largest and most diverse portfolios in Canada. With 1,540 locations and properties across Canada, we are modernizing, renewing and preserving our built heritage for the benefit of all Canadians.

Cape Breton mine water remediation

Coal mining began on Cape Breton Island over 250 years ago. Learn how the local environment is protected by using innovative techniques.

The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

Dave Thomson describes his work as one of the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge's operators.

Removing the Memorial Chamber stained glass windows

Stained glass windows can tell a story. To preserve the story of those who sacrificed their lives in the Great War and other conflicts over the last century, the stained glass windows in the Peace Tower's Memorial Chamber are being removed to safeguard them during the rehabilitation of Parliament's Centre Block.

Restoring the West Block: Stone masons on Parliament Hill

Listen as Kevin Tovee, John-Philippe Smith and Melina Craig explain the history of stone masons, and how they have played a critical role in the Parliamentary Precinct renovations, specifically the West Block.

Heritage protection: Kate Westbury, Heritage Lead for the Centre Block rehabilitation

Heritage protection sometimes comes with great risks. Kate Westbury is part of the team that helps determine whether valuable heritage items should be removed or kept in place to protect them during the rehabilitation of the Centre Block.

War Paintings move out of Centre Block

In preparation for the rehabilitation of the Centre Block, Public Services and Procurement Canada removed and restored the eight War Paintings that were hung in the Senate Chamber for decades. The paintings have now been moved to the Canadian War Museum for the duration of the Centre Block Rehabilitation Project.

Exploring accessibility and federal procurement

Watch how we're learning about where barriers exist so we can make buying and selling for the federal government more accessible for persons with disabilities.

Sébastien Prévost, Procurement Director, Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project

Meet Sébastien Prévost, the Director of the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project.

GCSurplus, not your average warehouse

GCSurplus is the Government of Canada's organization responsible for selling surplus goods. Learn how Canadians can use the online auction website to buy slightly used items at a great price, which saves money and helps the environment.

Maintaining Canada's national monuments

PSPC maintains the National War Memorial and other important monuments. Meet Patrick Cadieux, the employee responsible for the monuments in Ottawa.

Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury

This video presents the work done to restore the historic building after a fire. Meet some of the people responsible for the restoration.


Shipbuilding across Canadian communities

In 2020, the Government of Canada awarded approximately $3.5 billion in new contracts to Canadian companies under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), including $132.1 million that went to small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 250 full-time employees.

The faces behind the masks

Read the first-hand stories of the Public Services and Procurement Canada employees who came forward in an emergency effort to procure personal protective equipment for Canada's healthcare workers.

The move to modern energy

The Energy Services Acquisition Program is modernizing the way the federal government heats and cools buildings in the National Capital Region. Learn about the history of the 5 central heating and cooling plants and how they will be updated to be more eco-friendly.

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