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    Primer: PWGSC Learning Services Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement

    March 14, 2017

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers (SO) and supply arrangements (SA). In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    Learning Services SO and SA: Design, Development and Delivery of Learning Services across Canada  [Open for Renewal (Re-compete), Due Date: April 3, 2017]

    The Learning Services SO and the Learning Services SA are the mandatory procurement tools for most purchases of learning services to be provided to locations across Canada. Learning Services includes all aspects of the design, development and delivery of classroom learning, blended learning and eLearning product development. In general, the provision of services involves the development and delivery of government-owned materials.

    The Learning Services Methods of Supply are organized into the following streams: Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: PWGSC Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) SA

    March 10, 2017

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers and supply arrangements. In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) Supply Arrangement (SA): Qualify for Contracts for IT Professional Services [Currently open for SA bids until December 29, 2017, next due date April 7, 2017]
    The TBIPS SA is a mandatory contract vehicles related to the provision of IT Professional services.  Read the rest of this entry »


    Government of Canada – Contract Security Program Webinar Learning Series

    February 13, 2017

    Do you need help in navigating the Government of Canada security screening process? The Contract Security Program offers training for private sector organizations bidding and working on government contracts with security requirements.

    The Contract Security Program offers a free live webinar series related to the program. The webinars are designed to increase your ability to fulfill the Contract Security Program requirements, and are presented on a monthly basis, in both official languages. Read the rest of this entry »


    Mandatory Electronic Fingerprints Requirement Now in Place for Government of Canada Contractors

    February 10, 2017

    As part of the security screening process for Government of Canada contractors, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) (formerly Public Works and Government Services Canada) requires a criminal record check. On February 1, 2017, PSPC put in place a new criminal record check process for contractors. Applicants who require a new personnel security screening clearance or a renewal or upgrade to their clearance are subject to the new process and will be required to provide electronic fingerprints. Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: Ontario MGCS Management Consulting Services VOR

    February 9, 2017

    The Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) purchases management consulting services through a Vendor of Record (VOR) Arrangement. The VOR is similar to a Supply Arrangement and is used by all Government of Ontario ministries and other entities to procure a range of management consulting services.

    Ontario Management Consulting Services (MCS) Vendor of Record (VOR): Qualify for opportunities to provide Management Consulting Services to the Ontario Public Service, due February 17, 2017.

    This VOR is mandatory for Ontario Government ministries and for Ontario Public Service (OPS) entities who wish to obtain professional services in the categories listed below. It is optional for Provincially Funded Organizations (which include but are not limited to municipalities, hospitals, and school boards).

    As defined in the RFP: Read the rest of this entry »


    New Procure-To-Pay Portal for Shared Services Canada Suppliers

    February 9, 2017

    Do you supply goods and services to Shared Services Canada? As of July 2016, all Shared Services Canada (SSC) suppliers must submit their bids and invoices using the Procure-To-Pay (P2P) portal. As well as providing an electronic procurement and payment system, the portal provides enhanced visibility for procurement activities in SSC, and is expected to result in an improved end-to-end service delivery experience.

    Suppliers must register to  use the P2P portal.  To register, please email: SSC.p2p-p2p.SPC@canada.ca.

    Training on how to use the portal is provided through “How-to” documents and instructional videos available on the P2P portal.  Suppliers may also arrange P2P tutoring/coaching sessions for their firm by contacting the P2P Help Desk at sscp2p.goc@cgi.com.

    You may also contact the Help Desk for ongoing support questions.


    Primer: PWGSC TSPS Task-Based Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement

    November 8, 2016

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers and supply arrangements. In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) Task-Based Standing Offer (SO) and Supply Arrangement (SA): Qualify for Contracts for Non-IT Professional Services [Open for Recompete, Due: December 12, 2016]
    The TSPS Task-Based SO and TSPS Task-Based SA are two of several mandatory contract vehicles related to the provision of non-IT professional Services. The other related contract vehicles are the TSPS Solutions-Based SA and the ProServices SA.

    Task-based services generally involve the assignment of a resource or group of resources to complete a well-defined set of deliverables/responsibilities on a per diem basis.

    TSPS is organized according to the following streams (each containing multiple categories of resources): Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: PWGSC TSPS Solutions-Based Supply Arrangement

    November 8, 2016

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers and supply arrangements. In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) Solutions-Based Supply Arrangement (SA): Qualify for Contracts for Non-IT Professional Services [Open for Recompete, Due: December 12, 2016]
    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA is one of several procurement tools for the purchase of Non-IT professional services. While the better known TSPS Task-Based SA, TSPS Task-Based SO, and the ProServices SA focus on resource-based contracts (i.e., services provided by individuals), the TSPS Solutions-Based SA is used to procure a complete solution in response to a client business problem. Services are not related to one particular activity or initiative, and suppliers are expected to manage the overall project and accept responsibility for the outcome.

    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA is separated into two tiers: Read the rest of this entry »


    New Procure-To-Pay Portal for Shared Services Canada Suppliers

    August 4, 2016

    Do you supply goods and services to Shared Services Canada? As of July 2016, all Shared Services Canada (SSC) suppliers must submit their bids and invoices using the Procure-To-Pay (P2P) portal. As well as providing an electronic procurement and payment system, the portal will provide enhanced visibility of procurement activities in SSC, and is expected to result in an improved end-to-end service delivery experience.

    Suppliers must register to use the P2P portal. Before registering on the portal, suppliers are invited to attend an interactive WebEx training session, followed by a Q&A. These sessions run every Wednesday (2-4 pm) through the summer and fall of 2016. To register for a training session, please send your request to: SSC.p2p-p2p.SPC@canada.ca.

    “How-to” documents and instructional videos are also available on the P2P portal. Support questions may be addressed to SSC.p2p-p2p.SPC@canada.ca.


    Contract Security Program: Mandatory Electronic Fingerprinting Coming in Fall 2016

    August 3, 2016

    As part of the security screening process for Government of Canada contractors, the Contract Security Program completes a criminal record check in accordance with the Treasury Board Standard on Security Screening. The Contract Security Program conducts criminal record checks through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

    The RCMP is retiring the name-based criminal record check process in favour of mandatory electronic fingerprinting. This process entails the police service or an accredited fingerprinting company taking a copy of your fingerprints with an electronic scanner. The fingerprints are used by the RCMP only to confirm your identity. After completion of service, the copy of your fingerprints is destroyed. It is not kept or searched for other purposes.

    Mandatory electronic fingerprinting is already in place for employees of most government departments; but has not yet been implemented for industry clearances. Once this process is implemented, all new requests for personnel security screening will require confirmation that an electronic fingerprint check has been completed to initiate the criminal record check.

    Company security officers will direct their employees to service providers to have their fingerprints taken prior to submitting their application. A confirmation that the fingerprints were taken, along with the employee’s personnel screening forms will be submitted electronically to the Contract Security Program. This change is expected to expedite the time it takes to process screening requests.

    The Contract Security Program is working with the RCMP on an implementation plan for industry that will identify how the changes will be rolled out. The new process is expected to be launched in fall 2016. A detailed communiqué on the new process and its requirements will be sent to all company security officers and their alternates closer to the launch date.

    For more information, contact the Contract Security Program.