A new report entitled “Benchmarking SMEs as Suppliers to the Government of Canada: Inclusion, Innovation, and International Trade”, has released 10 strategies for improving diversity in the Federal Government contracting process.  The report was conducted by Professor Barbara Oscar “and a research team at the University of Ottawa’s Tefler School of Management, in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada.”

In Canada, social procurement has sat as the over riding strategy in procurement to look for a connection between diverse suppliers and sustainability.   Despite this, according to Beta Kit, the majority of small and medium-sized enterprises owned by women, for example, “are less likely to enter contracts with the Canadian federal government.”

The 10 point action plan is said to provide a road for increasing diversity “and the overall representation of women-owned firms in federal government contracts.”  To move towards this goal, the report suggestions “that the government should introduce gender-sensitive procurement training programs in collaboration with organizations such as the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) and Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC).”

Below is a look at the 10 Suggestions for the report, however if you’re looking to learn more, please check out our Insights Page for a link to the report Summary

1. Adopt sector-specific action strategies and SME supplier targets
2. Define women owned business
3. Support third-party certification of women-owned businesses
4. Review SME procurement program eligibility
5. Improve support for marketing, organizational and service innovation
6. Establish targeted procurement mentoring programs
7. Ensure gender-sensitive procurement training
8. Improve SME procurement data and analytics
9. Increase collaboration among federal agencies
10. Work with sub-national agencies to understand diversity of SME suppliers

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