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Ontario Broader Public Sector Accountability Act

New Visions Toronto (NVT) will ensure that competitive procurement is a fair and cost effective process for information gathering.

Information Gathering Mechanisms are useful in situations where incomplete information about either the procurement that is required or the capabilities of the market to deliver the material, service or solution required. 

The information gathered by one of the processes outlined will assist with ensuring a fair and cost effective procurement process, define the requirements for the procurement documents or identify whether there are qualified and/or interested suppliers.

When informal research and information gathering is insufficient, the following formal process may be used where warranted, weighing out time and effort required conducting them.

  1. Request for Information (RFI)
  2. Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI)

A response to an RFI or RFEI does not pre-qualify a potential supplier. A correctly executed information gathering process should not result in a legal, binding contract.

This policy defines the minimum competitive requirements for purchases and is meant to assist New Visions Toronto (NVT) with determining the most suitable procurement process under the information provided by the requestor. The procurement processes are defined in Competitive Procurement and Non-competitive Procurement.

NVT ensures open competitive procurement practices are being met where the estimated value of procured goods, services and construction is $100,000 or greater. For goods, services and construction under $100,000 NVT will follow the procedure as outlined below.

This policy covers any contract with a value that exceeding $100,000 even if spread over multiple years. 

The process cannot be circumvented by dividing requirements into multiple procurements to reduce the estimated value of a single procurement and avoid the threshold of the identified value threshold.

NVT may use its discretion to determine the best procurement process based on information provided to them by the requestor. 

Consulting Services

For all consulting services less than $100,000, an invitation process or open competitive process is required. For consulting services over $100,000 an open electronic process is required. 

Procurement Thresholds for Goods, Services and Construction

Total Procurement ValueApproval AuthorityProcedurePricing ApproachMandatory
Up to $500ManagerCredit CardNo quotes required
Up to $5,000DirectorCredit
3 Written sources
Over $5,000 to $99,999 goods, services, constructionExecutive Director/Finance CommitteePurchasing
Invitational Competitive Procurement Minimum of 3 suppliers invited to bid in writing where available
>$100,000 goods, services, constructionBoard of DirectorsPurchasing
Open Competitive Process-Electronically postedYes

New Visions Toronto (NVT) must have procedures to ensure proper Approval Authority Levels are in place to ensure that the required procurement thresholds are met.

These levels are required for approval for various dollar amounts when purchasing supplies, capital, construction, consulting services and other services.

Changes to Approval Authority Levels may be approved by the Board of Directors or their designate.

The following Approval Authority Levels are outlined in Schedules and must be complied with for every item that is purchased by NVT.

The Approval Authority Levels ensures each individual’s approval authority is in line with the responsibility levels for their position.

All purchases of supplies, capital, construction and non-consulting services must be approved in accordance with the Approval Authority Schedule for committing NVT to a contract.

All consulting services are open competitive unless exempt through the Agreement of Internal Trade.

Any procurement of consulting services must be approved in accordance with the Approval Authority Schedule for Consulting Services.

Schedule for Approval Authority Levels for committing NVT to a contract (excluding Consulting Services and funding received from Foundations or other donation sources for a specific project).

Purchase AmountBudget Y/NApproval AuthorityPurchasing ProcessReporting Process
Less than $1,000YManagerQuote or single sourceN/A
$1,000 to $5,000YDirector2 quotes invitation competitive at least 2 sourcesN/A
Over $5,000 up to $25,000NExecutive DirectorInvitation-competitive at least 3 sourcesSummary Quarterly Report-Finance Committee
Over $25,000 to $99,999YFinance CommitteeInvitation-competitive at least 3 sourcesSummary Report-Next Board Meeting
>$25,000NBoard ApprovalInvitation-competitive at least 3 sourcesReport to Board for Approval
>$100,000YBoard ApprovalOpen Competitive ProcessReport to Board for Approval
Property Acquisition of MortgageY/NBoard ApprovalReverse Auction through MLS ListingReport to Board for Approval

Schedule for Approval Authority for Consulting Services

Purchase AmountBudget Y/NApproval AuthorityPurchasing Process
Less than $500YManagerOpen competitive process-2 sources
$500 to $2,999YDirectorOpen competitive process-2 sources
$3,000 to $25,000YExecutive DirectorOpen competitive process-3 sources
Over $25,000 to $100,000 +YFinance Committee Board to ApproveOpen competitive process-3 sources

New Visions Toronto’s (NVT) Perquisites Policy is in accordance with, and governed by, the Broader Public Sector Perquisites Directive issued by the Management Board of Cabinet effective August 2, 2011.

A perquisite (commonly knowns as perks) is not allowed if it is not a business related requirement for the effective performance of an employee’s job. Insured benefits are not considered to be perquisites.

Any perquisite provided outside of the insured employee benefits package for staff must be approved by the Executive Director. Any perquisite provided outside of the insured employee benefits package for the Executive Director must be approved by the Board of Directors.

If there are any perquisites provided by NVT, a summary of will be made publicly available on an annual basis.

The following perquisites for employees are not allowed under any circumstances:

  • Club memberships for personal recreation or socializing purposes such as fitness clubs, gold clubs or social clubs
  • Seasons tickets to cultural or sporting events
  • Clothing allowances not related to health and safety or job requirements
  • Access to private health clinics or medical services outside those provided by the provincial health care system or by NVT’s group insured benefit plans
  • Professional advisory services for personal matters such as tax or estate planning

NVT attests that it does not provide any type of perquisites to any staff members, volunteers, committee members, Board Members or anyone affiliated with NVT.

Policy: 4.22

Code of Ethics

Date Initiated: November 2015

Date of Revision: August 2023

President’s Signature:
President’s Signature

All New Visions Toronto (NVT) employees, volunteers and student placements will maintain the highest ethical standards at all times.

NVT employees, volunteers and student placements will always:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and privacy of People Supported when providing support of any kind.
  • Be aware of the impact that their values, attitudes, needs and wants can have on People Supported.
  • Be creative and proactive to ensure that goals outlined in ISPs/ POCs are implemented and achieved.
  • Be able to recognize compassion fatigue in oneself and others and be willing to intervene gently, discreetly and respectfully.
  • Use support strategies that are connected to the individual’s:
    • age
    • culture
    • religion
    • needs
    • communication style
    • learning style
  • Model behaviour that shows a valued attitude towards people with disabilities at all times.

The highest ethical standards are to be maintained with any interaction with any stakeholder:

  • in person
  • on the phone
  • in writing (letters, notes, faxes)
  • via electronic communication (e-mail, text messaging, etc.)
  • through web based communication (Skype, Zoom, Face time, webinars, etc.)
  • over social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, weblogs, etc.)

Employees, volunteers and student placements must never seek conversions, proselytize or criticize other faith groups.

All NVT employees will arrive to their assigned work location in a manner that allows them to carry out the required duties of their position.  NVT will not tolerate any employee arriving at work under the influence of alcohol, cannabis or any mind altering substance that will impact their ability to fulfill their job requirements. NVT does not allow any staff to consume alcohol, cannabis or any mind altering substance while they are at work. Failure to uphold the Code of Ethics will be dealt with as a disciplinary matter that may include suspension and/or termination of employment.

Policy: 6.9

Broader Public Sector Supply Chain Code of Ethics

Date Initiated: February 2024

Date of Revision:

President’s Signature:
President’s Signature

In order to ensure an ethical, professional and accountable Broader Public Sector (BPS) supply chain, New Visions Toronto will adhere to the following three principles and mandatory requirements:  

Personal Integrity and Professionalism

Individuals involved with Supply Chain Activities must act, and be seen to act, with integrity and professionalism. Honesty, care and due diligence must be integral to all Supply Chain Activities within and between BPS organizations, suppliers and other stakeholders. Respect must be demonstrated for each other and for the environment. Confidential information must be safeguarded. Participants must not engage in any activity that may create, or appear to create, a conflict of interest, such as accepting gifts or favours, providing preferential treatment, or publicly endorsing suppliers or products.

Accountability and Transparency

Supply Chain Activities must be open and accountable. In particular, contracting and purchasing activities must be fair, transparent and conducted with a view to obtaining the best value for public money. All participants must ensure that public sector resources are used in a responsible, efficient and effective manner.

Compliance and Continuous Improvement

Individuals involved with purchasing or other Supply Chain Activities must comply with this Code of Ethics and the laws of Canada and Ontario. Individuals should continuously work to improve supply chain policies and procedures, to improve their supply chain knowledge and skill levels, and to share leading practices.

Mandatory Requirements

The Finance Department is responsible for ensuring that procedures and internal controls are in place that embody the requirements of the BPS procurement directive.