- Before establishing a supply arrangement (SA), the contracting officer will prepare and issue an RFSA, which will allow for a suitable pool of suppliers who meet the stated evaluation criteria. Industrial security requirements (that is, personnel, physical and information technology security) should be identified at this time, when any or all of these security aspects will be applicable to all client departments of the SA.
- The following forms must be used by client departments for the first page of the bid solicitation issued under a SA and for the first page of the resulting contract:
PWGSC-TPSGC 9400-3, Bid Solicitation
PWGSC-TPSGC 9400-4, Contract
- Contracting officers will set the contracting limits in the SA document for the identified users as defined in the supply arrangement, as the case may be. For supply arrangements for goods, services or construction, contracting officers may set the maximum contract limit using the Appendix C - Treasury Board Contracts Directive, as a guide. The TB Contracts Directive sets the dollar limit for contract entry for goods, services and construction, above which departments must seek the approval of TB to enter into the contract.
- A legal contract does not exist between Canada and the supplier until a contract is awarded through the completion of form PWGSC-TPSGC 9400-4.
- Supply Arrangement Reporting: The supply arrangement authority may indicate in the supply arrangement the reporting requirements for the supplier, or the client, as applicable. The SA should indicate the time frame within which each report must be submitted following the reporting period. See SACC Manual clause S0010C. See also 8.75.1 Reporting for Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements for more details on reporting.
- Financial Viability: Supply arrangement authorities should note that since the statement of work or requirement cannot be adequately defined in advance, only a preliminary review of the supplier's financial viability will be conducted for the sole purpose of pre-qualifying suppliers for SAs. See SACC Manual clause S0030T. See also 5.60.1 Financial Capability for more details on financial capability.
- Identified Users: The identified users authorized to use supply arrangements could include any government department, agency or Crown corporation listed in Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III of the Financial Administration Act. See SACC Manual template RFSA, Part 6A, article 6.