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    RFI: SaaS Method of Supply (GC Cloud)

    November 6, 2018

    On October 29, 2018 Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) published a Request for Information (RFI) requesting Industry input to help establish a new method of supply for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) requirements. The new SaaS method of supply is part of the GC Cloud Services Procurement Vehicle framework, which is intended to help position the Government of Canada and public sector partners to leverage the latest digital technologies in the delivery of programs and services to all Canadians.

    The GC Cloud Services Procurement Vehicle framework will provide methods of supply to satisfy both classified and unclassified cloud requirements. Initially, the SaaS method of supply will cover Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: Government of Ontario Information & Information Technology (I&IT) Solutions Consulting Services Vendor of Record

    October 26, 2018

    The Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) purchases IT Professional Services through Vendor of Record (VOR) Arrangements. These VORs are similar to Supply Arrangements and are used by all Government of Ontario ministries and other entities to procure a range of IT Professional Services.

    Ontario Information & Information Technology (I&IT) Solutions Consulting Services Vendor of Record (VOR): Qualify for opportunities to provide IT Professional Services in the form of an end-to-end, fixed-price solution to Ontario ministries and entities (Open – Due: November 20, 2018)

    This VOR is mandatory for Ontario Government ministries and for Ontario Public Service (OPS) entities who wish to obtain I&IT Solutions Consulting services. It is optional for Provincially Funded Organizations (PFOs), formerly referred to as the Broader Public Sector (BPS). PFOs include but are not limited to municipalities, hospitals, and school boards.

    As described in the RFP, vendors Read the rest of this entry »


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

    October 24, 2018

    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 – Renewal – Due: November 27, 2018]
    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 »


    [ARCHIVED] Notice of Proposed Procurement: Upcoming Consultations on Establishing a Method of Supply for SaaS Requirements

    September 28, 2018

    With the ongoing shift towards delivering IT services and solutions through cloud computing, the Government of Canada (GC) is actively adopting this technology to support the delivery of programs and services to Canadians.

    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) intends to establish a method of supply for software-as-a-service (SaaS) requirements, the GC Cloud Services Procurement Vehicle. The vehicle will provide methods of supply to satisfy both classified and unclassified cloud requirements for the Government of Canada and public sector entities, including provincial, territorial, and municipal governments.

    As the first phase of the procurement process, on Sept 7, 2018, Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: PWGSC Learning Services Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement

    August 15, 2018

    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 [Closed – Replacement anticipated for January 2019]

    The Learning Services SO and 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 ProServices Supply Arrangement

    April 18, 2018

    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 $106,000, the ProServices SA is an essential contract vehicle and will be for years to come. Read the rest of this entry »


    Micro-Procurement of Open Source Code Through the Government of Canada Developers Exchange (GCDevExchange)

    March 28, 2018

    The Government of Canada Developers Exchange (GCDevExchange) provides an opportunity for teams within the Government of Canada to access a rapid procurement process for contracts <= $10K, and to work with a broad pool of developers who have expertise in open source solutions and are eligible to work in Canada. Building on innovative work by the government of British Columbia, this proof-of-concept trial is a partnership of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and the Privy Council Office (PCO).

    A news release dated February 22, 2018 on buy and sell.gc.ca describes the purpose of this initiative: “By focusing on small-scale opportunities, GCDevExchange hopes to build capacity for agile development through increasing collaboration with small businesses, civic technology groups and entrepreneurs, in a way that adds value and encourages innovation.” GCDevExchange is one of several Government of Canada initiatives underway to make it easier for government and developers to work together on open source solutions.

    GCDevExchange uses GitHub as a collaboration tool. For more information, please read the User Guide (wiki). For a list of current opportunities and to provide feedback, go to the Issues section of the Guide. Developers can also sign up on at GCDevExchange website to be notified when new opportunities are posted. For general enquiries regarding the GC Developers Exchange, please contact: consultation@pco-bcp.gc.ca.


    Primer: Ontario Learning and Training Services VOR

    March 1, 2018

    The Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) purchases Learning and Training 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 Learning and Training Services across a broad range of topics.

    Ontario Learning and Training Services Vendor of Record (VOR): Qualify for opportunities to provide Management Consulting Services to the Ontario Public Service (Closed – Refresh scheduled March 2019)

    This VOR is mandatory for Ontario Government ministries and for Ontario Public Service (OPS) entities who wish to obtain learning and training 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).

    The objective of this Request for Bid (RFB) is to establish a Read the rest of this entry »


    New Online Learning Tool for Company Security Officers and Applicants

    February 6, 2018

    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has created a new online learning tool to assist Company Security Officers and applicants in completing the TBS screening forms for the PSPC Contract Security Program. The tool includes three short videos to help you complete the TBS/SCT 330-23 Personnel Screening, Consent and Authorization Form and the TBS/SCT 330-60 Security Clearance Form. The videos are intended to

    • Reduce the chances of submitting incomplete or improperly filled personnel security clearance requests
    • Provide a quick and easy instructional tool you can share with your employees that are applying for a new or a renewed personnel security clearance

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: Ontario MGCS Management Consulting Services VOR

    February 6, 2018

    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 [Closed – Refresh scheduled January 2019]

    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 Request for Bids (RFB): Read the rest of this entry »