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Ontario Changing Purchasing Requirments

Web posted on February 08, 2014

Ontario is introducing new rules for procuring government clothing to ensure it is purchasing goods from manufacturers who follow their local laws regarding the ethical treatment of their employees.

Ontario's procurement policy sets mandatory requirements for government employees and vendors interested in doing business with the government. On average, the government does business with over 50,000 suppliers every year, and about 87 per cent of the goods and services bought by the government are supplied by vendors from Ontario.

"Responsible and ethical production of clothing is a global concern. Ontario is doing our part by requiring our clothing suppliers to work with manufacturers who are complying with local labour laws and meeting requirements for working conditions." John Milloy, Minister of Government Services.

The province will now require its clothing vendors to confirm their products are made in compliance with all local laws governing labour and working conditions. Vendors must also provide the names and addresses of all production facilities they use for the clothing they supply, and the government will make the information available to the public. The new requirements are mandatory for clothing purchases at or above $5,000, and contracts may be cancelled if they are not met.

The Province of Manitoba, State of Maine, City of Los Angeles, City of Ottawa, and City of Toronto also have ethical sourcing objectives and requirements. Ensuring more ethical, transparent procurement processes is part of Ontario's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.