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Government Operations committee  Maybe I'll start. It's a couple of puts and takes. The most obvious ones to mention would be the federal labs initiative as an increase, which we talked about already from the federal laboratories. On Terrasses de la Chaudière, there was some work there, and on the West Memoria

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Wojciech, you should take that as the CFO—

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Mr. Chair, the easy answer to that one is that, as we think about the future of our office space and how we might work, given that large parts of this department and other departments are working quite effectively with telework, there's an open question about how we reorganize ou

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The real property portfolio, or the planning for it, is under way now. Obviously, our COVID experience requires an update to that, because people are certainly thinking differently. The other part of the question is around technology and how effectively we are able to equip our w

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I can give a couple of reactions to that from a procurement perspective. There are existing tools out there that actually allow for Canadian innovation to be factored into procurement. You often hear from start-ups that—

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I am not sure I understand that part of the question.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I think we have a good range of contracts out there, Canadian and elsewhere, but we do have a sector dedicated to especially small and medium-sized enterprises who are looking to break in. That's what the OSME group does inside PSPC. There are other programs out there as well. Th

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The competitive process is under way, so we're not at the negotiation stage yet. Again, the role of Public Services and Procurement Canada in this regard is to help manage that process and negotiate the contract, but the actual funding for that contract will come out of the Publi

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  There are a couple of points there. Number one, most of the vaccines we're talking about require two doses. As mentioned, none of these vaccines is yet approved for use, so it's not certain that they will come to fruition, but Canada does have the option to donate doses to other

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Am I the only one hearing the echo?

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Certainly. I'm very much looking forward to Mr. Green's questions.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  When we are doing procurements in specific areas, we certainly do community benefits plans, indigenous being the most obvious one. It would be hard for me to say that we follow it across the board. It depends on the nature of the procurement and whether there's an under-represent

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I will pass that question over to James, and if he does not have the answer, we will get back to you with that one in writing. James.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Certainly. The change in direction as a result of the laboratories Canada initiative is around creating hubs of laboratories as opposed to having individual departments do their own thing. There are a number of hubs that have been created. The PSPC part of that story would be aro

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  It's a bit of both. In some cases there will be new facilities, and some cases will improve or expand existing facilities, so there's a mix. Obviously, if we can make use of an existing facility, that's a more economical way to go. In some cases, the facilities are so far run do

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews