Government Relations

The OAA actively monitors government activities at municipal, provincial, and federal levels, responding as needed through formal letters and other channels. Continually updated, this searchable portal houses these official correspondences, as well as related reports.

Level of Government / Organization

The OAA responds to Ontario's pre-budget consultations with recommendations for the government to adopt Qualifications-Based Selection and reform the Site Plan Approval process. 

Publish Date: 2021/FEB/16

OAA Policy and Government Relations staff report on the activities of this service area, as well as updates from PACT and SBEC. 

Publish Date: 2021/JAN/20

OAA President, Kathleen Kurtin, writes to Brian Bigger, Mayor of Sudbury, to express concerns about an RFP for architectural and engineering services that the municipality issued.

Publish Date: 2019/DEC/12

OAA President Kathleen Kurtin writes to the Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance to discuss Quality-Based Selection and Site Plan Approval Reform.

Publish Date: 2019/FEB/07

OAA Immediate Past President John K. Stephenson writes to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to discuss Site Plan Approval and Quality-Based Selection.

Publish Date: 2019/JAN/29

The OAA meets with the Assistant Deputy Minister of Supply Chain Ontario to discuss QBS and the Broader Public Service (BPS) Procurement Directive. The ADM agrees QBS is compatible with the Directive.

Publish Date: 2019/JAN/18

Following joint interest from the OAA and PSPC in expanding the QBS pilot, the OAA participates in a meeting with PSPC Ontario Region to discuss the benefits of QBS and possible next steps.

Publish Date: 2019/JAN/17

OAA President John K. Stephenson writes to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) Regional Director General Sandra Young to encourage PSPC to go ahead with their QBS pilot project.

Publish Date: 2018/DEC/12

This independent report highlights the benefits of qualifications-based selection (QBS) that is routinely used in the United States and is gaining popularity in Canada.

Publish Date: 2018/OCT/26