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Government launching new agency Supply Ontario

Publish date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 update

Healthcare professional wearing hairnet, goggles, and mask

On Monday, the government announced it is creating a new centralized procurement agency called Supply Ontario—a move promised since their initial days in office. It is believed the agency will eventually assume responsibility for all greater public sector procurement, including the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and the broader public sector, through which it funds hospitals, schools, and more. 

The agency will begin with personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement to support the fight against the pandemic, with subsequent procurement areas to be added in the future. 

The impact on AMAPCEO’s OPS members working in procurement is currently unknown. This policy change resembles yet is distinct from the government’s creation of its Ontario Health agency. Changes at both entities (Supply and Ontario Health) will occur over a number of years. In the words of President Dave Bulmer, “this is a massive endeavour the government will soon learn is far more complex than stocking the shelves at Canadian Tire.”

AMAPCEO is discussing this issue with the OPS Employer at AMAPCEO’s Central Employee Relations Committee (ACERC) table and at affected ministerial level (AMERC) tables (Ministries of Government & Consumer Services and Health) in order to gather more information.

We will update OPS members working in procurement once more information is available.

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).