Supply Ontario is a Crown Agency established by regulation (O. Reg 612/20) under the Supply Chain Management Act (Government, Broader Public Sector and Health Sector Entities), 2019 (the “SCMA”). The Agency’s mandate is to rationalize procurement across much of the public sector by providing and supporting supply chain management and procurement activities for the following entities:
- Government entities – such as ministries, provincial agencies, the Independent Electricity System Operator, and Ontario Power Generation and its subsidiaries.
- Broader public sector entities – such as school boards, publicly-funded post-secondary educational institution, children’s aid societies, and shared services and group purchasing organizations that procure for the aforementioned entities.
- Health sector entities – such as hospitals, the Ottawa Heart Institute, and shared services and group purchasing organizations that procure for the aforementioned entities.
Supply Ontario has the authority under O. Reg. 612/20, of the SCMA to collect the following information from the prescribed entities:
- Current inventories of any goods and future inventory requirements
- Current and future procurement activities
- Supply chain opportunities, contingencies, and constraints
- Information about contracts related to the procurement of goods or services
- Any other information related to supply chain management or vendor performance that the Supply Ontario specifies
Section 20 of O. Reg 612/20 of the SCMA provides Supply Ontario with the authority to issue direction and guidance to covered entities regarding supply chain management activities.
20. (1) The Corporation may provide notice to a government entity, a broader public sector entity or a health sector entity stating that the Corporation will provide or support supply chain management, as specified in the notice, on behalf of the entity beginning on a specified date.