Northern Chambers:ON Government's centralized procurement model poses risk to Northern business participation
On Monday, the Province stated that this new centralized procurement agency would enable a whole-of-government approach to purchasing goods and services, saving taxpayers money while supporting job creation and economic growth. However, the Chambers are advocating against a centralized Greater Toronto Area (GTA) model as regionalized procurement efforts can deliver similar cost savings while retaining and controlling public spending within a region.
In a joint letter to the Province dated April 16, 2019, the Northern Chambers called on the government to ensure that provincial procurement policies provide the best value to regional communities. Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP), or public-private partnerships, are a highly viable option for risk-sharing on major infrastructure projects and should remain a priority across Ontario. However, concerns expressed at the time focused on the impacts to local small- and medium-sized businesses as a result of a centralized purchasing model are of significant concern to Northern communities.
“We strongly believe that a GTA based buying model puts Northern businesses at a disadvantage and impedes the ability to build capacity throughout the province,” said Melanie Verreault, President of the Timmins Chamber. “Regional procurement models already exist in Northern Ontario and have successfully demonstrated support for regional businesses while attaining cost savings through spend consolidation.”
Representing local entrepreneurs as the voice of business in the North, the Chambers raised these concerns as part of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park in 2019. As the “Voice of Business in North,” advocacy and policy initiatives focus on ensuring a favourable business climate in the North by advocating to mitigate the unintended consequences of government.
“Northern Ontario is an integral part of the provincial economy,” added Verreault. “We are calling on the Province to reconsider mutual policy goals in a way that best serves all Ontarians.”
View News by Topic
Effective September 25, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits will be increased in many of the indoor settings where proof of vaccination is required. Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres; sporting events; concerts, theatres...
Celine Natalie is a kinesiology student – but she had a realization that the possibilities of her program go far beyond sports-related subject matter. Mark Mosley, a respiratory technician at Medical Diagnostics and Consulting, had a history of great co-ops with kinesiology students, and Celine was no exception!
Today the government released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021. Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates,...
Check your inboxes! E-ballots will be sent to the designated voting rep for each of our Member organizations on Wednesday, September 15th. You'll have until September 30th to make your decision and follow your voting link to cast your ballot. Didn't receive yours? ...
Upcoming Chamber Events