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    Primer: PWGSC ProServices Supply Arrangement

    June 19, 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.

    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  [Open for Renewal/Refresh – Due date December 6, 2017]
    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.

    ProServices is based on three other Government of Canada methods of supply:

    TBIPS SA and TSPS Task-Based SA are two of several methods of supply used for contracts valued above the NAFTA threshold.

    Types of Services to be Purchased under ProServices
    ProServices includes both IT and non-IT streams, as follows:

    IT Streams (based on TBIPS SA)

    • Stream 1 (A) – Application Services
    • 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) – Telecommunications Services

    Non-IT Streams (based on TSPS Task-Based SA)

    • 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

    Additional Non-IT Streams (based on ADR SO)

    • Stream 13 – Alternative Dispute Resolutions Services

    Each stream contains multiple categories (i.e., specific types of resources). A full listing of all the streams and categories included in ProServices can be found in our TPC Overview – PWGSC ProServices SA (2017-11).

    ProServices is an essential contract vehicle to hold if you wish to provide services to the Government of Canada in any of the professional services areas listed above.

    To qualify for ProServices, you must respond to and comply with the ProServices Request for Supply Arrangement (RFSA).

    Highlights of the ProServices Request for Supply Arrangement
    ProServices is currently open for bids. This is a supplemental RFSA primarily offered to new bidders to enable them to qualify for ProServices. Existing suppliers who missed the July 5, 2017 deadline to renew their submissions may also submit a bid. The due date is:

    • December 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

    Key Requirements

    • 1 year in business
    • A reference client contact for categories you have supplied in the past 5 years. Only basic client contact and project information are required – detailed project write-ups are NOT required. Bidders can submit to qualify in as little as one category.

    A proposal requires you to submit a hard copy, and to enter data into the Centralized Professional Services System (CPSS).

    Government of Canada Security Clearances
    In addition to the requirements noted above, suppliers need to obtain a minimum of a Designated Organization Screening (DOS) security clearance. This is an organization clearance, which is separate from personal security clearances.

    Suppliers may submit a bid for ProServices without holding a security clearance, but will not be awarded a supply arrangement until their clearance is granted. As soon as possible (even before submitting a bid), suppliers who do not yet hold a DOS (or higher) organization clearance should request sponsorship from the ProServices SA Authority to start the clearance process.

    [N.B. DOS organization clearance is essential for all firms providing services under government contracts, even for organizations who are subcontractors/independent contractors working for a larger firm]

    Relationship to TSPS and TBIPS
    As noted above, ProServices is based on the TSPS and TBIPS methods of supply. The TSPS Task-Based SA and the TBIPS SA are for contracts valued above the NAFTA threshold. There are also the TSPS Task-Based SO and the TBIPS SO which are based solely on a right of first refusal method (ranked by lowest price) and can be used for any size contract.

    Suppliers who currently hold, or who are bidding on TSPS task-based or TBIPS methods of supply, are able to “grandfather” their TSPS Task-Based and TBIPS categories onto ProServices.

    Related Methods of Supply
    ProServices is one of several methods of supply used by the Government of Canada to purchase professional services. Please see our overview of the different methods of supply for more information.

    Additional Information and Support

    We’re here to help! If you have any questions about the ProServices Supply Arrangement, doing business with the federal government, or doing business with any public sector organization, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.  We would be very happy to answer your questions. We have even created a special package to support you with your submission. Contact Us today for more details.


    Notice of Proposed Procurement: Shared Services Canada’s Software Licensing Vehicle

    April 3, 2017

    Shared Services Canada (SSC) has issued a Software Licensing Vehicle (SLV) solicitation for the procurement of software and its associated maintenance and support that fall under SSC’s mandate. The SLV will effectively be the SSC version of the Software Licensing Supply Arrangement (SLSA) used by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).

    The SLSA will continue to be a mechanism of choice to meet PSPC’s ongoing needs. However, in order to support its service offerings, SSC requires its own vehicle, the SLV. Read the rest of this entry »


    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 [Currently open for SA bids until April 13, 2018, next due date January 10, 2018]

    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 December 29, 2017]
    The TBIPS SA is a mandatory contract vehicles related to the provision of IT Professional services.  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 [Currently closed – Replacement anticipated for November 2017]

    [N.B. This primer provides information on the current Management Consulting Services VOR. The extent to which the replacement VOR will be similar is unknown at this time.]

    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 »


    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 [Currently open for SA bids until September 28, 2018, next due date December 29, 2017]
    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 [Currently open for SA bids until September 28, 2018, next due date December 29, 2017]
    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 »


    [ARCHIVED] Primer: PWGSC Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) SO/SA

    August 2, 2016

    [ARCHIVED November 10, 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 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 [Currently closed for bids. Next refresh is anticipated for January 2017]
    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 »


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

    May 9, 2016

    [ARCHIVED November 10, 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]

    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.

    Read the rest of this entry »


    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 »