The Canadian government is focusing on diversity and inclusion in its procurement processes through the ScaleUp social procurement initiative, introduced by Shared Services Canada (SSC). This initiative, now open to various government departments and agencies, encourages small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as businesses led by women, visible minorities, and Indigenous Canadians to participate in federal calls for tender.
The goal is to enhance the diversity of suppliers receiving government contracts, fostering a more inclusive economy and stimulating competition. SSC’s Agile Procurement Process 3.0 initiative simplifies IT procurement, making it easier for businesses of all sizes to compete for government contracts. ScaleUp has already led to over 15 contracts being awarded, with a significant proportion being first-time contractors for the Government of Canada. These initiatives aim to drive innovation and creativity in addressing the diverse needs of Canadians.