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    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 [OPEN for Replacement – Due Date: March 1, 2018]

    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 »


    NAFTA Threshold raised to $106,000 for 2018-2019

    February 6, 2018

    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 $89,600.  Treasury Board has recently announced that for the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019, the threshold will be $106,000, inclusive of taxes. Updated thresholds for goods, services and construction, for all trade agreements can be found in Treasury Board’s Contracting Policy Notice 2017-6. Read the rest of this entry »


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


    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 April 13, 2018]

    The Learning Services SO (currently closed) 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 31, 2018, next due date March 29, 2018]
    The TBIPS SA is a mandatory contract vehicles related to the provision of IT Professional services.  Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] Primer: Ontario MGCS Management Consulting Services VOR

    February 9, 2017

    [ARCHIVED February 6, 2018 – 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 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 March 29, 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 »


    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 March 29, 2018]
    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 »