Crown Assets Distribution (CAD) is the federal government organization responsible for the sale, distribution, disposal and re-use of surplus federal goods.
Currently over 90 federal Departments and Agencies dispose of everything from computers, office equipment, vehicles as well as military equipment like ships and planes through CAD.
In the 2007-08 Fiscal Year, CAD sold over $40 million dollars worth of surplus goods in the following amounts:
There are eight Crown Assets Distribution Centres (CADCs) located across the country. These centres sell Government surplus to Canadians through direct sales (onsite) at and through contracted service providers.
CAD does not dispose of federally owned buildings or land.
CAD also disposes of seized goods on behalf of federal and provincial law enforcement agencies. In 2007, its sales of seized goods were in excess of $1.3 million.
GCSurplus is an online, closed bidding system. It allows buyers to view, bid and buy federal government surplus goods on the Internet.
Buyers also have the option to visit one of CAD's seven warehouses to view and inspect sale items and use onsite kiosks to place electronic bids.
CAD is currently working with government and Industry organizations to establish environmentally sound disposal standards for potentially hazardous materiel in electronic products known as e-waste. Hazardous materiel includes lead, cadmium and mercury and can be found in items like: