One of the commitments stated in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change was to “modernize procurement practices, adopt clean energy and technologies, and prioritize opportunities to help Canadian businesses grow, demonstrate new technologies and create jobs.” In Budget 2017, the government announced measures to support technological innovation; the section entitled ” A Nation of Innovators” includes the allocation of $50 million to launch Innovative Solutions Canada , a procurement program modelled on the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research program . On April 7, Clean Energy Canada stepped up on this issue with a policy primer to suggest best practices from around the world: The Power of Procurement: How the government can drive growth, cut carbon and create jobs
The Power of Procurement cites a 2016 OECD report which states that in Canada, the procurement of goods and services by the federal government alone accounts for approximately 13% of Canada’s GDP. With Canada`s current Green Procurement Policy established in 2006, and with our clean tech export market share declining, Canada has a lot of catching up to do. The Clean Energy Canada report offers five Best Practices for consideration as the federal government fleshes out its new Innovative Solutions Canada program . Included in the Best Practices: a focus on low-carbon as a clearly defined parameter in decisions; lifecycle costing which includes the purchase price, installation cost, operating costs, maintenance and upgrade costs, and residual value; target-setting for specific outcomes; and support for commercialization and exporting capability for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), which dominate Canada’s cleantech sector.