Thread Subject: Industry Canada slide for Thursday presentation.
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From: Laughton, Mary Frances: ICT
Date: Mon, Mar 31 2008 11:05 AM
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Andi asked a question about our slide last week and I thought the clarification might be useful for the group.
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Subject: Re: Your slide for the AB presentation on Thursday
Industry Canada putting anything into the Accessible Procurement Toolkit (APT) (www.apt.gc.ca) does NOT constitute an official acceptance of the standards by the Government of Canada. It just means that my office in Industry Canada will ensure that those are the requirement clauses that appear in our toolkit. The APT is just one of many tools that Government of Canada personnel MAY use in their procurement activities. We have all the existing 508 and 255 clauses in the toolkit, along with other Canadian and international standards. We do our best to harmonize and copy best practices from other jurisdictions.
We keep working at trying to have the APT adopted as policy in the Government of Canada. This is something we have been trying for 10 years.
Mary Frances Laughton
Quoting Andi Snow-Weaver < = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >:
> Hi Mary Frances,
> I'm intrigued by this statement on your slide for Thursday's presentation:
> Immediately upon the publication of the revised 255 and 508 rules, Industry
> Canada will update its Accessible Procurement Toolkit to replace the
> existing rules. The Accessible Procurement Toolkit is freely available on
> the Web to government purchasers, industry and the public.
> Are you saying that Canada will adopt the updated Section 508 and 255
> standards when they are final?
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