Get Started With Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts

The following is intended to help Government of Canada (GC) procurement professionals understand how to use the Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts application.

Important: Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts is only accessible to federal government employees, and only to federal departments,agencies and crown corporations. Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts is not used by businesses or the public.

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Who needs to use Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts?

Federal employees who require access to secure GC web applications, such as the Tender Management Application (TMA) will need to register to obtain a user account with Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts.

How are accounts created?

If you require access to a secure web application, a Buyandsell.gc.ca account manager will send an email inviting you to create a new account. This account gives you access to "non-public" areas of Buyandsell.gc.ca, such as TMA. You will be assigned a role that will allow you to perform various tasks. For example, in TMA you can create and publish tender notices.

What is a Buyandsell.gc.ca account manager?

A Buyandsell.gc.ca account manager is an individual who can assign and revoke various roles to users in their own department or agency. The role a user is assigned determines what tasks they can perform within Buyandsell.gc.ca applications (such as the Tender Management Application) used within their own department or agency.

The Handbook for Buyandsell.gc.ca Account Managers is available to account managers when they sign in to Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts.

How do I register for a Buyandsell.gc.ca account?

Step 1 – Obtain a unique digital credential such as myKEY

Before you can register, you must have a Government of Canada (GC) approved digital identity such as myKEY. myKEY is a unique digital credential that is issued to individuals by the Internal Credential Management (ICM), the credential management service for internal government business. For more information about myKEY visit the Online Registration and Credential Administration (ORCA) website.

I don’t have a myKEY - what should I do?

If you are new to the Government of Canada, you may not yet have received your myKEY. Contact your department or agency Local Registration Authority (LRA) to sign up for myKEY.

What do I do if my department or agency does not use myKEY?

If your department or agency does not use myKEY, then it may use GCKey or SecureKeys. Both are secure digital credentials recognized by the Government of Canada. You can direct questions to your assigned member of the Account Managers for Government Buyers.

Step 2 – Check your desktop or laptop prerequisites

The standard GC desktop or laptop configuration includes all of the following prerequisites. Please note that:

  • You must be within the GC Intranet (SCNet).
  • You must have an up-to-date browser. Internet Explorer 8 is the GC-recommended browser, but FireFox and Chrome also work.
  • Your computer must have the latest version of Java enabled. Older versions are insecure and may be disabled.

If you are missing any of these prerequisites, you should contact your IT Service Desk for assistance in updating your desktop or laptop.

Step 3 – Register in Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts

You will receive an email from your account manager inviting you to create a new Buyandsell.gc.ca account. This account gives you access to "non-public" areas of Buyandsell.gc.ca, such as TMA. You will be assigned a role that will allow you to perform various tasks in a specific web application. The email will contain a clickable link to register with Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts. Follow the guided steps to complete your registration.

Who can help me with my questions?

If you have questions about Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts please contact your assigned member of the Account Managers for Government Buyers.

If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, you may call the national InfoLine at 1-800-811-1148. The line is staffed Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00 Eastern Standard/Daylight time. You may also send your questions via our Web form found on the Contact Us page.