Making public procurement in Quebec a strategic tool for strengthening innovation and developing the economy

In May 2019, Propulsion Québec and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal published the study Positioning Quebec and Montréal as leaders in electric and smart transportation – Comparative study of the regulation and public policies for electric and smart transportation.

The study highlighted the province’s strategic assets in the electric and smart transportation sector, while underscoring the challenges that compromise its deployment: the need to adapt public tendering rules and the lack of flexibility and openness to innovations in the legislative framework, particularly public procurement.

In March 2020, the Quebec and global economies entered a crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rethinking the strategic role of public procurement became essential.

The study served as the basis for vitally important discussions on using government contracts as strategic tools for the Quebec economy.

In this new context, public procurement is vitally important to address the challenges—such as logistics—of the pandemic, and as a driving force behind Quebec’s economic recovery.

This is why our new study highlights the best practices observed elsewhere in the world and in various industries that stimulate the deployment and commercialization of innovations through public procurement.

The most appropriate solutions for Quebec are looked at in depth, from which arise 10 recommendations aimed at attaining the following secondary objectives:

  • Identify best practices in public procurement observed in various industries and worldwide so as to stimulate innovation, commercialization and the development of local players, in the electric and smart transportation sector in particular.
  • Identify the obstacles limiting Quebec firms from participating in and winning government contracts.
  • Recommend changes to the rules for public tenders to the various levels of government so as to foster innovation, commercialization and the development of local businesses.

This study has been conducted with the support of the Government of Quebec, in partnership with Bombardier transport.

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