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National Research Council Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N-15)

Act current to 2024-02-06 and last amended on 2023-06-22. Previous Versions


  • — 2023, c. 26, s. 481

    • 481 Subsection 3(2) of the Act is replaced by the following:

      • Council incorporated

        (2) The Council is a corporation that has power, for the purposes of this Act, to

        • (a) acquire, hold, sell or otherwise dispose of and loan or lease real, personal, movable and immovable property; and

        • (b) enter into contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding or other arrangements with a department, board or agency of the Government of Canada, with any other government or any of its departments, boards or agencies or with any person or organization in the name of His Majesty in right of Canada or in its own name.

      • Non-application of requirements

        (2.1) Despite the Financial Administration Act, including subsection 41(1) of that Act, the Council is not subject to any requirement established by the Treasury Board under that Act that

        • (a) limits, on the basis of financial criteria, the power of the Council to enter into contracts for the procurement of goods and services; or

        • (b) relates to limits on liability or indemnification in those contracts.

      • Procurement of goods and services

        (2.2) Despite section 9 of the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, the Council may procure goods and services from outside the federal public administration.

      • Clarification

        (2.3) For greater certainty, the power to procure goods and services includes the power to procure goods and services relating to construction and to research-related digital and information technology.

      • Legal services

        (2.4) The Council may procure legal services from outside the federal public administration only with the approval of the Attorney General of Canada.

  • — 2023, c. 26, s. 482

    • 482 Section 4 of the Act is renumbered as subsection 4(1) and is amended by adding the following:

      • Research-related digital and information technology

        (2) The design, development, testing and operation of research-related digital and information technology is essential to the carrying out of the Council’s duties.

  • — 2023, c. 26, s. 484

    • 484 Subsection 18(2) of the Act is replaced by the following:

      • Duties

        (2) The Procurement Oversight Board shall review and approve

        • (a) the Council’s policy framework for procuring goods and services and any amendments to it; and

        • (b) the Council’s proposals to enter into contracts for the procurement of goods and services if the procurement is complex or large-scale when measured by criteria established by the Procurement Oversight Board.

  • — 2023, c. 26, s. 485

    • 485 The Act is amended by adding the following after section 21:

      Annual Summary

      • Activities

        22 The Procurement Oversight Board shall, within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year, provide a summary of its activities in that year to the Minister.

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