Putting a stop to outsourcing

Between 2011 and 2018, the federal government outsourced over $11.4 billion in work to IT consultants, management consultants and temporary help contractors. More than the budgets of 5 departments and agencies combined.

Years of unchecked spending on government outsourcing has created a shadow public service of consultants and temporary staff operating alongside the government workforce. The contract between public employees and the federal government is breaking down. Outsourcing means higher cost, lower quality services for Canadians – less transparency, less accountability, and the loss of institutional knowledge and skills.

It’s time for a major shift in outsourcing policy in the federal public service.

Over the course of 2020, PIPSC will release a series of investigative reports unpacking the government’s growing reliance on outsourcing and its true costs.
 

Part One: The real cost of outsourcing

Government work, traditionally done by public servants, is increasingly being done by external consultants and contractors at a cost that should shock Canadians. The costs skyrocket while important skills and institutional knowledge are moved into a shadow public service. Canadians should be aware of how their money is being spent and the true costs of such short-sightedness.

 

27 January 2020
The federal government spent over $11.9 billion on management consultants, temporary help contractors and IT consultants between 2011 and 2018 to do the work that could have been done by Canada’s own public service professionals. The contracts ended up costing the public twice their original price.
23 January 2020
Work traditionally done by public servants is increasingly outsourced to external consultants and contractors. Between 2011 and 2018, the federal government outsourced over $11.9 billion in work. This is the first investigative report in our series unpacking the government’s growing reliance on outsourcing and its true costs.
17 July 2017
While the current government has been right to criticize the last one for laying off hundreds of compensation staff before it rolled out Phoenix, it’s the decisions around outsourcing such projects in the first place that demand a rethink.
30 June 2017
Ordinarily, the announcement earlier this month that spending by the Department of Defence (DND) will grow from its current $18.9 billion to $32.7 billion by 2026 would be cause for Canadians (and especially PIPSC members employed by DND) to feel more secure.
12 June 2017
The recent recommendations of yet another consultants’ report on Shared Services Canada (SSC) demonstrate that, when it comes to federal government outsourcing, there’s no shortage of private sector advice.
2 June 2017
A new report commissioned by Shared Services Canada (SSC) shows that the Institute is right in highlighting the dangers of outsourcing in the federal government.
19 November 2016
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