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4.15.1. Departmental Standard Procurement Templates

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  1. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has committed to promoting a "common look and feel" in acquisition documents by standardizing terminology, simplifying contract language by using plain language, and ensuring more consistency and uniformity.
  2. PWGSC has implemented departmental standard procurement documents which include standard instructions, general conditions and templates for bid solicitations, requests for standing offers (RFSOs) and requests for supply arrangements (RFSAs) for use by its contracting officers for the procurement of goods, services or both, excluding construction and architectural and engineering requirements.
  3. Subject to the applicable procedures for use of the Standard Procurement Templates contained in the SACC Manual, contracting officers must use the bid solicitation and resulting contract templates for competitive and non-competitive requirements for low dollar value (Simple), medium complexity (MC) and higher complexity (HC), and the templates for Request for Standing Offers (RFSO) and Request for Supply Arrangements (RFSA) for the procurement of goods, services or both. To maintain the "common look and feel" for PWGSC's acquisition documents, contracting officers must not modify or change the order and content of these templates, except where indicated. Where applicable, contracting officers should obtain from their supervisor the most current standard template used within their respective area that has been customized for specific requirements in accordance with the standard templates. Directorates needing assistance in developing documents based on these templates should contact the Strategic Policy Development and Integration Directorate of the Strategic Policy Sector by email at : TPSGC.Outilsdapprovisionnement-ProcurementTools.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.
  4. There are six standard procurement templates available in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Associated marked-up PDF files showing the latest changes are also available for each template. Standard Procurement Template ProceduresThe information is only accessible to federal government department and agency employees. are also provided to instruct contracting officers on how to use the templates.
  5. Procurement of most goods and services must be carried out using the general conditions and supplemental general conditions found in the SACC Manual. The conditions to be used depend on the nature and complexity of the procurement and are provided in Annex 4.1: General Conditions and Supplemental General Conditions.
  6. Real Property Contracting utilizes their own separate standard templates for construction and architectural and engineering services.
  7. The cover pages of solicitations generated by the Automated Buyer Environment (ABE) must be used for solicitations issued by PWGSC (whether issued through ABE or manually posted on GETS). Manager's approval is required to issue solicitations that do not use ABE generated cover pages. Solicitations must specify the solicitation closing date on the cover page.
  8. Contracting officers must ensure that instructions for the submission of solicitations and the solicitation closing date and time for each solicitation are clearly stated in the procurement documents. Contracting officers must also ensure that the solicitation closing date, which appears on the Notice of Proposed Procurement, is consistent with the solicitation.