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    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 »


    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 »


    [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 »


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

    January 20, 2016

    [ARCHIVED May 9, 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 »