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Table 9: Green Procurement

Meeting Policy Requirements

Has the Department incorporated environmental performance considerations in its procurement decision-making processes?


Summary of initiatives to incorporate environmental performance considerations in procurement decision-making processes:

  1. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is in the process of developing a standard procurement checklist which will include information on how to establish criteria for green procurements. This checklist will be inserted in all contracting files.
  2. CIC provides green procurement information and tools on its internal departmental website to all administrative personnel.
  3. Guidance, direction, policy and training are provided to all CIC administrative personnel.
  4. CIC is implementing reporting requirements through the Integrated Financial and Material System (SAP) purchasing module.

Results achieved:

In progress—CIC started research and development on a standard procurement checklist at the end of May 2008. A checklist has been created but is still at the testing stage. The final version is expected to be completed by March 2010.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:


Green Procurement Targets

Has the department established green procurement targets?


Are these green procurement targets the same as those identified in your Sustainable Development Strategy (Table 8)?


(Note: With the coming into force of a new Federal Sustainable Development Act in June 2008 that requires the development of a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and departmental strategies to support it, the Department has shifted focus from its previous Sustainable Development Strategy IV towards supporting the development of the FSDS.)

Summary of green procurement targets:

CIC is working to protect the environment and promote sustainable development through various initiatives including reduction of fleet size and use of alternative fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of waste through recycling, and inclusion of environmental factors in procurement decisions.

Procurement targets:

  1. 100 percent of CIC administrative assistants will be applying the new green procurement guidelines by March 2010
  2. CIC administrative assistants will receive information on green procurement through the CIC administrative assistants conferences
  3. 100 percent participation in Sustainable Development/Green Procurement Working Groups or meetings where CIC is represented
  4. A five (5) percent increase over two years in the total amount of green products and services purchased by CIC by March 2010

Results achieved:

Increased awareness of green procurement procedures and targets among all CIC SAP users such as Procurement and Contracting Officers and administrative personnel.