About the Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement Application (SOSA App)

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Please note that you can access the SOSA App from: Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements Application (SOSA App).

The SOSA App is a secure, web-based application that allows federal government users and authorized Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative (CCPI) users to use and view federal standing offers and supply arrangements in one location.

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Information available in the SOSA App

When you access to the SOSA App you will be able to:

  • view standing offer information including: expiry date, supplier contact information, delivery points, product lists, call up limitations, and pricing
  • use the call-up forms to issue your order against the standing offer

For more information on how to access the SOSA App, visit the How to sign into SOSA App using a myKEY or Smart Card page.

Benefits of the SOSA App

The SOSA App was recently enhanced to improve searching and viewing agreements for all users, as well as to enable federal buyers to manage their own agreements.

The improvements for SOSA App users who view agreements include:

  • a powerful, user-friendly search: a modern search layout, relevant filters to search through all standing offers and supply arrangements in one location
  • bookmarking capabilities: you can bookmark a standing offer agreement, as well as specific search results (to return quickly at a future date)

The enhancements to SOSA App for federal procurement professionals to manage their own agreements include the ability to:

  • attach multiple price lists attach multiple supporting documents, with many more file types now permitted
  • insert an email address for a federal contact
  • specify minimum value
  • publish their changes immediately
  • generate reports quickly

Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Collaborative Procurement Initiative

An Order in Council was approved in February 2015 which permits Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to share its procurement instruments and services with authorized Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative (CCPI) users on a voluntary basis and at no additional cost to the Crown.

Beginning in June 2016, some authorized CCPI users gained access to view and use PSPC standing offers and supply arrangements to purchase goods and services.

CCPI users buyers benefit greatly from this initiative by paying less for commodities, reducing their administrative costs and sharing expertise.

Authorized users of SOSA App

Federal departments and agencies, and CCPI participating organizations who have signed an Agreement can access the SOSA App to search and view standing offers and supply arrangements.

Businesses and suppliers cannot access the SOSA App but can download SOSA open data.

Federal government buyers can sign into the SOSA App to manage and update their standing offers and supply arrangements.

To learn more about managing agreements visit the Get help page after signing into SOSA App.

Access to SOSA App

A variety of users with different tasks can now access the SOSA App:

  • Authorized Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative SOSA App users must register with Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts and use their GCKey to sign in to the SOSA App to view agreements that are available to them. You can request a GCKey access to the SOSA App by contacting TPSGC.PAFPTCollaboratif-APFPTCollaborative.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.
  • Federal government SOSA App users can access the SOSA App to view and search for agreements with a Buyandsell.gc.ca account or their MyKey
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) SOSA App users who have registered with Buyandsell.gc.ca Accounts must sign in to the App via myKey to make changes to their agreements. These users can access the SOSA App to attach documents, or make changes to their agreements from anywhere inside the Government of Canada internal network.

Changes to the SOSA App

SOSA App will feature new measures which will bring awareness to, and reinforce document security:

  • Federal Government users of the SOSA App will be required to log in via their existing myKEY credentials in order to access the SOSA App and view Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements.
    • If you have never made an account for a Buyandsell.gc.ca application, there will be a quick registration process prior to being able to access the SOSA App. There are no changes to how Government Buyers or FPT users will access the application.
    • If you already have an existing account on Buyandsell.gc.ca, there will not be a need to re-register. You will be able access the SOSA App after logging in with the myKEY credentials associated with your Buyandsell.gc.ca account.
      • For those that do not have access to a myKEY (contractors, THS, etc.), please contact Buyandsell.gc.ca.
    • For departments with increased security measures or alternative login options (Secure Token, Smart Card or a PKI Card), the new login will be handled through your existing login option.
  • A new update to PN-135 is being prepared to reflect the new changes regarding safeguarding of confidential commercial information (e.g. price lists).
    • Prior to posting documents on the SOSA App the procurement officer responsible must add appropriate security markings to relevant documents as indicated in the following guide
    • The document can then be sent from ABE to SOSA App (e.g. solicitation documents), or uploaded directly into SOSA App (e.g. price lists).
  • There will be changes made to the attestation section that needs to be acknowledged prior to publishing agreements in SOSA App. The attestation section will include language around security markings and compliance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) policy on Government Security.

Learn more

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For more information

For questions relating to the Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative, please contact: TPSGC.PAFPTCollaboratif-APFPTCollaborative.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

For any questions relating to Buyandsell. gc.ca Accounts, please send your questions to: achatsetventes.buyingandselling@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

For any questions relating to the functionality of the SOSA App or for technical issues, please send your questions to: achatsetventes.buyingandselling@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

For questions relating to a specific standing offer or supply arrangement, please contact the contracting authority listed in the agreement document.

You may contact 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.