|Founder Government of Canada|
Area served Canada
|Number of locations 16 Regional Offices|
Owner Government of Canada
|Industry Disposal of surplus assets on behalf of federal organizations.|
Predecessor Crown Assets Disposal Corporation
Parent organization Public Services and Procurement Canada
The Crown Assets Distribution (CAD) handles moveable Crown assets that a federal department or agency has declared as surplus.
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- Agencies which sells government surplus
- How surplus is sold
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The Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) operates eight Crown Assets Distribution Centres (CADC) located across the country which manage the disposal of moveable federal government surplus material. Acting as the Government of Canada's agent, PWGSC provides client departments with a disposal service through direct sales or through the management of contracts with service providers.
In 1944, the Government of Canada created the War Assets Corporation, which was subsequently renamed the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation. In 1984, the activities and staff of the Corporation were integrated into the Department of Supply and Services. The organization became known as the Crown Assets Distribution Service Line and has continued its functions within Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
Its mandate is to manage the surplus moveable assets disposal program for the government, providing quality service to clients while obtaining best value for the Crown. The legislative base for its operations is the Surplus Crown Assets Act along with the Treasury Board Policy on the Disposal of Surplus Moveable Crown Assets. With a few exceptions, the legislation and policy require PWGSC to manage the disposal of surplus assets on behalf of federal organizations.
For over 60 years, CADCs have been involved in the direct sale of surplus materiel ranging from ships and cars to furniture and clothing, as well as seized goods on behalf of federal government departments and agencies.
Surplus assets are sold directly by CAD or through contracted service providers. Many assets are sold through public sales that attract thousands of buyers, and, in some cases, sales are conducted at CADC warehouses located in Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa.
In addition, many transactions also take place through the CAD Web site, where each item is listed and described, often accompanied by a photo. The site receives over 50,000 visitors per month.
CADCs also act as agents for foreign governments in the sale of their surplus assets located in Canada and have working arrangements with certain European governments for disposal of Canadian military surplus located in their countries.
Departments or federal bodies notify CAD of their surplus assets by filling out a Report of Surplus form and sending it to the nearest CADC. CAD then handles all aspects of asset disposal from start to finish.
The process can include: organizing sales of assets; arranging for viewing of assets; conducting sales; evaluating bids; receiving money; handling all sales-related inquiries; and returning net proceeds to clients. This type of all-inclusive service offers clients convenience, reliability, knowledge, prudence, probity, public accessibility, integrity of process and years of experience.
Once the item is sold, the client receives the net proceeds from the sale and a transaction report.
Definition of "government surplus"
Agencies which sells government surplus
How surplus is sold
Types of sales
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