Procurement and Entrepreneurship

Core Public Sector Reform, Joshua Morry, Research Papers

WINNIPEG, MB, December 13, 2017 – The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has just released a new research paper Procurement and Entrepreneurship. This research paper is authored by Joshua Morry, a research associate with Frontier Centre for Public Policy. The paper conducts an in depth analysis of the procurement practices of the City of Winnipeg.

Procurement, the government’s acquisition of goods and services from the private sector, is an integral component of the Canadian economy. Federal procurement alone constitutes approximately 16% of Canada’s GDP. Therefore, it is important that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are granted access to the procurement market on a fair share basis. Unfortunately, the province of Manitoba does not have a sound procurement process. It does not have a policy manual, and those policies it does have are not made available to the public. In a report conducted by the Auditor General of Manitoba found that when individual provincial departments procure goods and services, mandatory public disclosure often does not occur in a timely manner, or at all.

To read this critical analysis of Winnipeg’s procurement practices, click here: FC207_Procurement_DC1417_F1