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Broader Public Sector (BPS) Accountability Act

In the interests of taxpayers and strengthening accountability for organizations that receive public funding, the Government of Ontario passed the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Accountability Act in 2010.

The Management Board of Cabinet has issued two directives – one Procurement Directive and one Expenses Directive. Both Directives are applicable to all designated broader public sector (BPS) organizations as provided for under section 12 of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010.

Innovative Community Support Services is one of the BPS groups that has implemented the Directives effective from April 1, 2011. Mandatory commitment to be in compliance with the Directives is part of an individual BPS organization’s funding agreement signed with the Ontario Government. For details of the two Directives, please check out the following links to the Ministry website:

Ontario Broader Public Sector Supply Chain Code of Ethics

Goal: To ensure an ethical, professional and accountable Broader Public Sector supply chain.

I. Personal Integrity and Professionalism

Individuals involved with Supply Chain Activities must act, and be seen to act, with integrity and professionalism. Honesty, care and due diligence must be integral to all Supply Chain Activities within and between BPS organizations, suppliers and other stakeholders. Respect must be demonstrated for each other and for the environment. Confidential information must be safeguarded. Participants must not engage in any activity that may create, or appear to create, a conflict of interest, such as accepting gifts or favours, providing preferential treatment, or publicly endorsing suppliers or products.

II.Accountability and Transparency

Supply Chain Activities must be open and accountable. In particular, contracting and purchasing activities must be fair, transparent and conducted with a view to obtaining the best value for public money. All participants must ensure that public sector resources are used in a responsible, efficient and effective manner.

III. Compliance and Continuous Improvement

Individuals involved with purchasing or other Supply Chain Activities must comply with this Code of Ethics and the laws of Canada and Ontario. Individuals should continuously work to improve supply chain policies and procedures, to improve their supply chain knowledge and skill levels, and to share leading practices.

ICSS adheres to the Ontario Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 and its directives.

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