New federal-provincial-territorial collaborative procurement initiative: learn what’s in it for you

June 1, 2017 - Gatineau - Did you know that nine provinces and territories have signed an agreement with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) which enables them to use federal procurement tools to procure goods and services? To date, the following commodities: office supplies, tires, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, laboratory supplies, packaging material, radios and digital two-way radios are available for purchase to participating provinces and territories through federal standing offers or supply arrangements. Several other commodities have also been identified and will become available in the coming months.

We buy together

Public sector procurement is estimated to be approximately $200B annually in Canada, including almost 75% taking place at local or regional levels. By bringing together their purchasing power, the provinces and territories, and the federal government, hope to improve the efficiency of their operations for the benefit of Canadians.

Benefits for suppliers

Suppliers are used to competing for a wide variety of public contracts at multiple levels of government. Collaborative procurement makes it easier for them to sell to multiple levels of government in a streamlined approach and to expand their market. The potential value and scope of each opportunity should increase, and the bid preparation required by supplier should reduce.

Benefits for buyers

By using collaborative federal procurement tools to purchase certain commodities, buyers from provinces and territories can benefit from rates negotiated by the Government of Canada, streamline their procurement efforts and reduce their administrative and legal costs. Thanks to this collaboration with their counterparts, buyers can also share knowledge and best practices on a range of commodities.

Useful references

For further information or assistance

If your province or territory has signed an agreement with PSPC, your organization may be eligible to use PSPC procurement tools. Please contact the contracting authority of your province or territory for assistance:

You can also contact PSPC’s InfoLine at 1-800-811-1148, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm ET or email the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Stakeholder Engagement at BPMEClient.OSMEClient@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

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