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    2015 TBIPS SO Median Rates Published

    January 21, 2016

    Following the renewal of the Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) Request for Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements in the fall of 2015, the Government of Canada published the median rates established for TBIPS Standing Offers by Region and Metropolitan Area, Category of Personnel, and Level of Expertise. The rates can be downloaded in PDF format from the TBIPS SO Median Rates notice. Read the rest of this entry »


    Updated Dates and Information regarding Government of Canada Standing Offers/Supply Arrangements, and Ontario Vendor of Record Arrangements

    January 20, 2016

    We are pleased to publish an update to our SO, SA, and VOR Primers Page and all associated contract vehicle primers.  On the List of SO, SA, VOR Primers page you will find the due dates for open and anticipated solicitations for qualifying for mandatory Supply Arrangements (SA), Standing Offers (SO), and Vendor of Record (VOR) Arrangements. This page also includes links to our updated Primers which summarize key details for each contract vehicle.

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    NAFTA Threshold raised to $89,600 for 2016-2017

    January 20, 2016

    The Government of Canada’s contracting policies and regulations are affected by numerous trade agreements that Canada has signed with other countries and even one between the provinces (the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)). Of all the agreements, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has the most significant impact on government procurement by dictating some of the terms governing how solicitations are run.

    From a services perspective, the threshold for the past two years has been $80,400.  Treasury Board has recently announced that for the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017, the threshold will be $89,600, inclusive of taxes. Updated thresholds for goods, services and construction, for all trade agreements can be found in Treasury Board’s Contracting Policy Notice 2015-3. Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: Solutions-Based Informatics Professional Services (SBIPS) Supply Arrangement

    January 20, 2016

    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.

    For Information Technology (IT) professional services contracts, the Solutions-Based Informatics Professional Services (SBIPS) SA is one of several available contract vehicles, and will be for years to come.

    SBIPS: Used for contracting for the delivery of IT Professional Services Solutions, Next Due Date: March 21, 2016

    The SBIPS SA is one of several procurement tools for the purchase of IT professional services. While the better known Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) SO and SA and the ProServices SA focus on contracts dealing with resource-based contracts (i.e., services provided by individuals), the SBIPS SA is used to procure complete solutions. PWGSC defines SBIPS as follows: Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: PWGSC Learning Services Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement

    January 20, 2016

    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, Next SA Refresh Posting anticipated for February 4, 2016.

    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) SO/SA

    January 20, 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-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) Standing Offer (SO) and Supply Arrangement (SA): Qualify for Contracts for IT Professional Services [Open for Refresh (SA Only) – Due Date: February 5, 2016]
    The TBIPS SO and TBIPS SA are two of several mandatory contract vehicles related to the provision of IT Professional services. Read the rest of this entry »


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

    January 20, 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 Refresh (SA Only) – Due Date: March 30, 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

    January 20, 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 Refresh, Next Due Date: March 30, 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 »


    Primer: PWGSC ProServices Supply Arrangement

    January 20, 2016

    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.

    For professional services contracts under the $89,600, the ProServices SA is an essential contract vehicle and will be for years to come.

    ProServices: Professional Services Contracts under $89,600: Qualify for Contracts for IT and Non-IT Professional Services, Ongoing opportunity to qualify – next due date March 31, 2016
    The ProServices Supply Arrangement is a mandatory procurement tool for most purchases of professional services under the NAFTA threshold ($89,600 from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017). In 2014, ProServices replaced PS Online for contracts under the NAFTA threshold. Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: Ontario MGCS Management Consulting Services VOR

    January 20, 2016

    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 [Open for Refresh, Due Date: February 10, 2016]
    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 »