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Regulatory Guidelines & Directives

Broader Public Sector and Expense Directive:

The Ontario Government introduced the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Accountability Act effective April 1, 2011.   The new rules and higher accountability standards require Ryerson University staff and employees to comply to all policies and procedures.  

Of special note are:

1) The requirement for all consulting services to be competitively bid regardless of the dollar spend.

2) All supplier expenses will no longer be reimbursed by Ryerson

3) Per Diem's for Ryerson staff expenses will no longer be allowed unless permitted by a Collective Agreement.


Trade Agreements:

The Ontario government has been working with the federal government, provinces and territories to build stronger ties with trading partners through the negotiation of agreements that remove barriers to trade and investment. As a covered entity, Ryerson University is responsible for compliance with procurement-related commitments in the relevant chapters of the CFTA (Chapter 5 – Government Procurement), CETA (Chapter 19 – Government Procurement), and the OQCTA (Chapter 9 – Public Procurement).

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

In effect as of July 1st, 2017, this domestic (inter-provincial) trade agreement replaced the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) and promotes open procurement practices among public sector organizations.

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

In effect as of September 21st, 2017, this international trade agreement expands the opportunities for suppliers in both the EU and Canada to bid on public procurements. The rules apply only in certain circumstances, namely:

  • Procurements by a “covered entity
  • That are in respect of specified goods, services or construction, which
  • Exceed certain minimum value thresholds.


The Ontario-Quebec Trade and Cooperation Agreement (OQTCA)

In place for several years, this bilateral trade agreement between Ontario and Quebec has been recently revised to align with the CFTA (Canadian Free Trade Agreement).


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