‘The federal government breaks almost all globally accepted best practices for IT procurement, a reality which explainx why we have scandals like the ArriveCAN debacle,’ reads an IT report.

A new research paper found federal IT procurement rules are so terrible they violate most globally accepted practices. Canada’s lengthy and costly contracts facilitated a “dearth of in-house competency,” it reads.

“More importantly, we argue that unless we reform federal IT procurement so that it gets up to speed with widely accepted best practice in the field, any attempts to drive forward meaningful digital reform in the Government of Canada are bound to fail.”

The study also articulates greater reliance on IT consultants than department staff, with the ratio of IT contractors to government staff as high as 151% at Public Services and Procurement Canada.