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I am pleased to present Public Services and Procurement Canada's Report on Plans and Priorities for the 2016–17 fiscal year.

As Minister of Public Services and Procurement, I will ensure that the services my department provides are delivered efficiently and in a way that makes citizens feel respected and valued.

My department will deliver services that reflect public expectations and that are transparent, open, and citizen-centred. We will modernize procurement processes to make them simpler and more effectively managed, and include practices such as green and social procurement to sustain economic growth that grows the middle class.

We will undertake a review of Canada Post to make sure it provides the high-quality service that Canadians expect at a reasonable price.

Our services to other federal departments will be held to a high standard. Among these services, we will implement pay modernization, providing sustainable and quality pay and pension services to clients.

Through the Defence Procurement Secretariat, we will work closely with National Defence and the defence industry to leverage purchases of defence equipment to encourage suppliers to invest in innovation and exports, to create jobs and economic growth in Canada. We will also launch an open and transparent competition to replace the CF-18 fighter aircraft, focusing on options that match Canada's defence needs.

We will prioritize the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to support renewal of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet and to ensure the Royal Canadian Navy is equipped to carry out its responsibilities. This strategy will continue to generate jobs and benefits to Canadians.

Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, we will help businesses across Canada get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace and continue to reduce barriers for suppliers to do business with the federal government.

The rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings is on track to meet the needs of the 21st century, while preserving these heritage treasures for all Canadians. The Wellington Building will be completed in 2016, and the West Block will be completed in 2017, in time for Canada's 150th celebrations.

Moreover, we will conduct an inventory of federal lands and buildings across Canada that could be repurposed for affordable housing in communities.

Canadians will be informed in an open, transparent and timely manner of the work that we are doing on their behalf. We will engage in constructive dialogue with, and listen to all Canadians, while working to make our economy and our country strong.

This 2016–17 Report on Plans and Priorities of Public Services and Procurement Canada provides information on how the department will support the Government on achieving our agenda in the coming year and I am fully confident that Public Services and Procurement Canada is prepared to successfully support me and work with our partners inside and outside government to deliver for Canadians. However, given our commitment to more effective reporting, this year's report will be the final submission using the existing reporting framework.

The Prime Minister and the President of the Treasury Board are working to develop new, simplified and more effective reporting processes that will better allow Parliament and Canadians to monitor our Government's progress on delivering real change to Canadians. In the future, Public Services and Procurement Canada's reports to Parliament will focus more transparently on how we are using our resources to fulfill our commitments and achieve results for Canadians.

These new reporting mechanisms will allow Canadians to more easily follow our Department's progress towards delivering on our priorities, which were outlined in the Prime Minister's mandate letter to me.

I am confident that all of our efforts will reflect the values of Canadians – the values of inclusion, hard work, fiscal prudence and generosity of spirit.

Honourable Judy M. Foote, PC, MP
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Judy Foote

Judy M. Foote, PC, MP
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

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