The Ontario government announced the establishment of Supply Ontario on Monday, calling it a new centralized procurement agency that will enable a whole-of-government approach to purchasing goods and services.
Premier Doug Ford, Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade were all on hand for the announcement.
“When people go shopping, they often buy in bulk to save money. We need to do the same thing in government, so we can deliver more value for taxpayer dollars and secure critical supplies for our frontline health care heroes and others in the public sector,” said Premier Ford. “This new approach will also be good for Ontario businesses as it will make it easier for them to sell their quality products and services to the government.”
Ford also says Supply Ontario will ensure that schools, hospitals, and the entire public sector always have the critical supplies and equipment they need , while supporting job creation and economic growth.
By centralizing the government supply chain and streamlining complex procurement processes, small and medium sized businesses will face less administrative burden.
“Supply Ontario will allow our government to buy as one and simplify our supply chain model,” said Minister Thompson. “Our experience responding to the COVID-19 pandemic only validated the need for a modern, more efficient supply chain system. This made-in-Ontario solution will support greater domestic production, drive job creation and economic growth, and create opportunities for Ontario manufacturers and innovators to enter the playing field and bid for projects to supply our province.”
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, Ontario’s businesses and innovators quickly responded through our Ontario Together program with solutions to improve our supply chains, support greater domestic production of PPE, and provide our front lines with the essential equipment necessary in the fight against COVID-19,” said Minister Fedeli. “We worked to further galvanize Ontario’s manufacturing engine with the launch of the Ontario Made program in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. This important new procurement initiative will build on those efforts, create new oppo rtunitie s for Ontario manufacturers and innovators, and ensure we are well-prepared now and for any future challenges.”
The government also announced a recently secured contract with PRIMED Medical Products to manufacture levels 1 and 2 surgical/protective masks in Ontario through a competitive procurement process. Beginning this fall, PRIMED will produce 50 million masks annually over the next five years.
The province say this will reduce Ontario’s reliance on strained global supply chains.