Canada creates centre of expertise for accessibility in federal procurement

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

May 16, 2019 – Gatineau, Quebec – Public Services and Procurement Canada

Accessibility in Canada is about building a country where all people, regardless of disability, can fully participate and be included in society.

As the Government of Canada’s central purchaser, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is responsible for ensuring the goods and services the government buys are as accessible as possible at the best value to Canadians.

To support this goal, PSPC has launched a plan to increase awareness, understanding and application of accessibility criteria in federal procurement, among both buyers and suppliers. The cornerstone of the plan is the creation of an Accessible Procurement Resource Centre, to serve as a centre of expertise for accessibility in federal procurement. Specifically, the Accessible Procurement Resource Centre:

  • develops guidelines and training material for PSPC procurement officers;
  • examines industry accessibility standards and best practices that could be applied to federal procurement; and
  • conducts market analysis to identify goods and services for which accessibility can be considered in procurement (such as vehicles, telecommunications and voice products, and professional services).
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