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Ontario Making it Easier for Businesses to Work with Government

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Province consulting with small and medium-sized businesses to develop a smarter government purchasing system

March 11, 2020 8:15 A.M. Treasury Board Secretariat

TORONTO — The Ontario government is listening to businesses across the province as it develops a smarter procurement system that will save taxpayer money, drive back-office efficiencies and help small and medium-sized businesses tap into new opportunities in government procurement.

Today, Ministers Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, and Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, led the second of a series of roundtables with business leaders and job creators at the MaRS Centre in Toronto.

"Ontario's Supply Chain Centralization Smart Initiative is already transforming how the public sector delivers services to businesses, families, and people from all walks of life," said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board. "A more streamlined and collaborative supply chain system will make sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, while making it easier for businesses to do business with the government."

The province is working with small and medium-sized businesses to deliver high-quality programs and services to the people of Ontario and drive annual savings of approximately $1 billion in taxpayer dollars, which can be reinvested in front-line services. Small and medium-sized businesses will benefit from more opportunities to provide innovative products and services to Ontarians, driving economic growth and job creation.

Managing the provincial supply chain is a key part of Smart Initiatives, a cornerstone of the province's plan to build smarter government, achieve fiscal sustainability, and protect the programs and services people rely on every day. By working across the entire public sector, including school boards and hospitals, and leveraging its collective buying power, Ontario can adopt industry leading processes and practices to deliver projected savings of approximately $1 billion a year.

"We are ensuring small and medium-sized businesses across the province, the drivers of our economy, are at the table," said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. "We are ensuring they are at the table, that their expertise is embedded in our approach and that their ideas will help us deliver better value for Ontarians. We also invite organizations across the public sector to reach out to us now to start benefiting from a wider and better selection of quality goods and services and better pricing."

An integrated, best-in-class centralized supply chain will leverage the purchasing power of the whole of government to get the best deal for the public and make Ontario one of the top supply chain leaders in the world. Supply chain centralization is part of Ontario's plan to Build Ontario Together by protecting core programs and services through smarter government. Our goal is to ensure opportunity and sustainability now and for future generations.