Question Period Notes
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The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is a long-term commitment to renew the vessel fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), create a sustainable marine sector, and generate economic benefits for Canadians.
This note focuses on the ongoing reduction of the overall queue and backlog, implementation of collective agreements, taxes, overpayments and underpayments.
- All questions related to Next Generation Human Resources and Pay solution should be directed to the Minister of Digital Government
- All questions related to the negotiation of collective agreements and compensation for Phoenix damages should be directed to the President of the Treasury Board
This note focuses on vendor support on the Phoenix file (IBM / Innovation Challenge) as well as the Phoenix pay system software upgrade (PeopleSoft 9.2).
Note: All questions related to Next Generation Human Resources and Pay solution should be directed to the Minister of Digital Government.
This note focuses on the efforts and progress to stabilize the Pay System, support employees, as well as financial investments in Phoenix.
- All questions related to the Next Generation Human Resources and Pay solution should be directed to the Minister of Digital Government, responsible for Shared Services Canada
- All questions related to the mental health for public servants should be directed to the President of the Treasury Board
- All questions related to the negotiation of collective agreements and compensation for Phoenix damages agreements should be directed to the President of the Treasury Board
Some countries are continuing to closely control the export of personal protective equipment (PPE), increasing competition for the procurement of these goods. Media has also reported on several instances of medical supplies procured from unfamiliar overseas suppliers not meeting advertised quality standards
Concerns regarding the quality of translation of titles and tender documents on the Buyandsell.gc.ca website.
Several media outlets have published reports about Rogers Communications and Brookfield Assets Management Inc.’s possible plans to demolish the Rogers Centre in order to construct a new stadium as part of a downtown Toronto redevelopment.
It was reported in the media on December 2, 2020 that Canada was providing 2 Mobile Health Units (MHU) to the province of Alberta. The reports also identified that the Red Cross is deploying some of their facilities to support Alberta’s fight against the virus.
The Official Residences of Canada: Asset Portfolio Condition Report, identified a requirement for a one-time injection of $83 million over 10 years to address the deferred maintenance deficit for all 6 official residences and ensure that the official residences meet universal accessibility and sustainability requirements.
Note: the numbers in the asset condition report represent recommended and projected investments based on 2017 asset values, not actual expenditures/commitments/planned spending by the National Capital Commission (NCC). The NCC is working to have this report refreshed to reflect 2020 values.
On December 7, 2020, the 2019 to 2020 Departmental Results Report (DRR) for Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) was tabled in the House of Commons by the President of the Treasury Board. The report documents PSPC’s key program accomplishments and challenges for 2019 to 2020 in relation to the Minister’s mandate commitments and/or government-wide priorities.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is implementing the Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) – a multi-decade strategy to restore and modernize the Parliamentary Precinct.
Note: Questions related to a National Space for Indigenous Peoples should be directed to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs as the federal lead on this initiative.
Canada Post continues to provide a vital service to Canadians under difficult circumstances, with employees continuing to operate in the field delivering parcels. Canada Post continues to do everything possible to continue its service while keeping the health and safety of its staff as its number one priority.
In the fast-paced and constantly evolving marketplace to secure necessary products and supplies to support the Government of Canada’s response to the pandemic, there have been reports of wrongdoing and fraudulent activity associated with the procurement of PPE from around the world. Questions may arise as to the measures that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has in place to protect the integrity of the federal procurement system during this period.
On behalf of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) issued a National Master Standing Offer (NMSO) to Nuctech Inc., a Chinese state-owned company, for x-ray screening equipment for use in non-operational areas in Canadian missions abroad.
Prior to COVID-19, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) National Emergency Strategic Stockpile (NESS) warehouse network was comprised of [redacted] warehouses totalling approximately 167,000 square feet. This included [redacted] warehouses (119,000 square feet) and [redacted] regional warehouses (48,000 square feet). The amount and volume of personal protective equipment (PPE) ordered in response to the pandemic was well beyond PHAC’s capacity to receive and store. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has supported PHAC by entering into service contracts and leases to provide with additional warehousing capacity.
Recent questions have been raised about domestic contracting for ventilators.
The global nature of supply chains puts procurements at potential risk of having been produced using forced labour and human trafficking.
A large proportion of the public service has transitioned to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Government offices remain open and many clients’ preparations for eventual return to the workplace are underway, guided by regional public health agencies. However, with Canada entering the second wave of the COVID-19 virus and confirmed cases increasing across the country, there may be a heightened concern about how confirmed cases are being communicated to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) building occupants.
Note: Questions on employees returning to the workplace should be responded to by the President of the Treasury Board, as the employer.
Suggested responses and background information is provided on defence and marine procurement accomplishments.
Note: Questions on defence procurement delays or the Department of National Defence (DND) order paper questions should be directed to the Minister of National Defence.
Due to COVID-19, several defence procurement projects slowed, including the construction and maintenance of ships.
Note: All questions related to Challenger Jets should be referred to the Minister of National Defence.
Media have reported on construction costs, and their associated studies for the official residence of the Governor General of Canada. The National Capital Commission (NCC) works with the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG) to implement building works at Rideau Hall.
PSPC entered into a contract with Medicom on April 26th 2020 to supply Canada with 20M N95 masks annually, to be manufactured in Canada. Medicom has commenced production of masks but delivery was contingent on two approvals: first, receiving Health Canada Interim Order approval, and secondly, receiving respirator quality assessment testing approval from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). On October 30th 2020, Medicom confirmed to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) that Health Canada had approved their Interim Order application for their N95 respirators. On November 13th 2020, Medicom received Quality Assessment testing approval from PHAC.
The Government of Canada has created a COVID-19 Supply Council which brings together a diverse group of leaders to provide the government with advice on the procurement of critical goods and services required as part of Canada’s COVID-19 response and recovery.
As part of the Government of Canada’s reaffirmed commitment to invest in Canada’s military, as announced in the 2017 Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government launched an open and transparent competition in December 2017 to permanently replace Canada’s fighter fleet with 88 advanced jets—the Future Fighter Capability Project.
- All questions related to capability gap, security and interoperability requirements, costs, and Canada’s participation in the Joint Strike Fighter Program should be answered by the Minister of National Defence
- All questions related to the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy and the assessment of bidders’ impact on Canada’s economic interests should be answered by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
- All questions related to trade issues should be answered by the Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Government of Canada is operationalizing the Essential Services Contingency Reserve (ESCR) to provide essential services workers with access to personal protective equipment (PPE), non-medical masks and disinfection products to meet urgent, short-term needs.