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    PRIMER: National Procurement Strategy for Communications Services (a guest blog by Marion Soublière)

    April 26, 2013

    In March, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) released the final version of its new “National Procurement Strategy for Communications Services” after almost a year and a half in the works, a period that included consultations with industry and government departments.

    The new strategy applies to federal departments and agencies that use PWGSC to buy their communications services through requests for standing offers or supply arrangements for repeat purchases, or through one-time requests for proposals.

    Here are a few highlights from the strategy, available on www.merx.com. Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] Primer: Government of Ontario Management Consulting Services VOR – Due May 17, 2013

    April 23, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    ***Please note that the new 2014 Management Consulting Services Vendor of Record (VOR) has been posted.  See our Primer for New Vendors or our Primer for Existing Vendors for the latest information regarding this opportunity.

    The Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government Services (MGS) has released the third refresh of the Management Consulting Services Vendor of Record (VOR) Request for Proposal (RFP). This 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 related to the following streams:

    1. Business Metrics & Performance Management Services
    2. Business Process Assessment & Integration Services
    3. Organizational Effectiveness Services
    4. Procurement Services
    5. Program Management Services
    6. Project Management Services
    7. Strategic Management & Planning Services

    Read the rest of this entry »


    [UPDATED] Primer: TSPS Task-Based Professional Services Request for Supply Arrangement, Due: May 28, 2013

    April 22, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    The Government has finally released the much overdue refresh for the Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) Task-Based Supply Arrangement. This supply arrangement is used to procure professional services valued at $78,500 and above in the following streams:

    1. Human Resources Services Stream
    2. Business Consulting / Change Management Stream
    3. Project Management Services Stream
    4. Real Property Project Management Services Stream
    5. Technical, Engineering And Maintenance Services Stream

    It is an essential contract vehicle to hold if you provide professional services in the categories covered by the supply arrangement. Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] Primer: ProServices Request for Supply Arrangement

    April 22, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    The Government has finally released its much anticipated ProServices Request for Supply Arrangement. This supply arrangement (SA) will replace PS Online and will be used to procure professional services valued under $78,500. It mirrors the streams and categories of the Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) Standing Offer (SO) and SA and the Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) Task-Based SA, and as such, includes the following streams:

    IT Streams:

    • Stream 1 (A) – Application Services Stream
    • Stream 2 (G) – Geomatics Services
    • Stream 3 (I) – IM/IT Services
    • Stream 4 (B) – Business Services
    • Stream 5 (P) – Project Management Services
    • Stream 6 (C) – Cyber Protection Services/IT Security Services
    • Stream 7 (T) – Technical Engineering and Maintenance

    Non-IT Streams

    • Stream 8 – Human Resources Services
    • Stream 9 – Business Consulting/Change Management
    • Stream 10 – Project Management Services
    • Stream 11 – Real Property Project Management Services
    • Stream 12 – Technical, Engineering and Maintenance Services

    ProServices is an essential contract vehicle to hold if you provide professional services in any of the categories covered by the Supply Arrangement. Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] Government tenders get new home – Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders

    April 21, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    Federal Government RFPs and Tenders are moving from MERX to Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders. Will you be ready?

    On June 1, 2013 federal government opportunities will be posted on Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders. It will be quite different than the current experience at MERX. Major changes include: Read the rest of this entry »