Public Services and Procurement Canada
Corporate information: 2020 to 2021 Departmental Plan

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Organizational profile

Appropriate minister: Anita Anand, PC, MP

Institutional head: Bill Matthews

Ministerial portfolio: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Enabling instrument: The Department of Public Works and Government Services Act establishes the Department of Public Services and Procurement Canada

Year of incorporation/commencement: 1841

Other: The Minister of Public Services and Procurement has responsibilities under 19 other acts. The most important ones are:

Raison d'être, mandate and role: Who we are and what we do

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) plays an important role in the daily operations of the Government of Canada. It supports federal departments and agencies in the achievement of their mandated objectives as their central purchasing agent, real property manager, linguistic authority, treasurer, accountant, pay and pension administrator, and common service provider. The department's vision is to excel in government operations. Our mission is to deliver high-quality, central programs and services that ensure sound stewardship on behalf of Canadians and meet the program needs of federal institutions.

The department, founded in 1841, was instrumental in the building of our nation's canals, roads and bridges, the houses of Parliament, post offices and federal buildings across the country.

The Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, passed in 1996, established the current department and set out the legal authorities for PSPC's services. As a common service organization providing government departments, boards and agencies with support services, PSPC delivers on its mandate through 5 core responsibilities:

PSPC's goal is to manage its business in a way that demonstrates integrity, accountability, efficiency, transparency, and adds value for its client departments and agencies, and Canadians.

The portfolio of the Minister of Public Services and Procurement includes the National Capital Commission and 3 Crown corporations (Canada Lands Company Limited, Defence Construction Canada and Canada Post Corporation). The Minister is also responsible for the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board. The OPO also reports to the Minister and operates independently. Details of the operations of the Crown corporations and OPO are provided in separate annual reports that are tabled in Parliament by the Minister.

Operating context

PSPC is a large organization with experts in a wide variety of fields, from professional purchasers to translators, from accountants to banking experts, and from architects and engineers to sustainable development experts. Across these varying business lines, PSPC needs to be nimble, adaptive and proactive in adjusting to global and public service trends in a timely manner so that we can serve our clients better, plan for future workforce needs, keep pace with rapidly shifting technology trends and meet social environmental and economic expectations.

The department will continue to make progress in advancing on the Minister's mandate commitments and key initiatives in support of other Government of Canada priorities to deliver results for Canadians. More information on mandate commitments can be found in the Minister's mandate letter.

Reporting framework

PSPC's approved Departmental Results Framework and program inventory for 2020 to 2021 are as follows.

Core responsibility 1: Purchase of goods and services

PSPC purchases goods and services on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Program inventory:

Core responsibility 2: Payments and accounting

PSPC collects revenues and issues payments, maintains the financial accounts of Canada, issues financial reports, and administers payroll and pension services for the Government of Canada.

Program inventory:

Core responsibility 3: Property and infrastructure

PSPC provides federal employees and Parliamentarians with work space; builds, maintains and manages federal properties and other public works such as bridges and dams; and provides associated services to federal organizations.

Program inventory:

Core responsibility 4: Government-wide support

PSPC provides administrative services and tools to federal organizations that help them deliver programs and services to Canadians.

Program inventory:

Core responsibility 5: Procurement Ombudsman

The Office of the Procurement Ombudsman operates at arm's-length from federal organizations. It is legislated to review the procurement practices of federal organizations, review complaints from Canadian suppliers, and provide dispute resolution services.

Program inventory: Procurement Ombudsman.

Changes to the approved reporting framework since 2019 to 2020

PSPC only made minor amendments to its 2020 to 2021 Departmental Results Framework. Minor amendments constitute changes at the departmental result and indicator level. As such, PSPC's core responsibilities and program inventory remain unchanged.

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