About Procurement Data

Attention: The Government Procurement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue to apply until the recently announced United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is ratified and enters into force. More information about the USMCA will be provided in the coming weeks.

What is Procurement Data?

Procurement Data is open data information about what the Government of Canada buys. It contains information on Government of Canada opportunities; who is pre-qualified to supply goods and services; issued contracts; and goods and services codes to navigate across Procurement Data.

What is open data?

Open data is information that anyone is free to access and re-use for any purpose. As part of the federal government’s commitment to enhance transparency and accountability, data.gc.ca provides access to the Government of Canada’s searchable open data and information.

Visit data.gc.ca to learn more about Canada’s commitment to the open data initiative.

What datasets are available?

Each procurement dataset includes information on how to use the data, how to download the data files, frequently asked questions, and contact information. Buyandsell.gc.ca makes available:

  • Tenders: Federal government tenders notices and tender awards are published on Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders, the Government Electronic Tendering Service. Tender notices and awards are posted daily and also available as a dataset. Visit Tenders to learn more about this service.
  • Goods and Services Identification Number (GSIN): Goods and Services Identification Number (GSIN) codes are used by the federal government to identify generic product descriptions for its procurement activities. GSIN codes connect all of the procurement information, including Tenders, Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements, and Contract History. GSIN data also connects to the procurement division responsible for the procurement of a good or service. Visit Goods and Services Identification Number (GSIN) to learn more about this service.
  • United Nations Standard Products and Services Code: Coming in 2019, the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) will replace GSIN codes. There is no immediate impact to businesses or government buyers. As the transition to UNSPSC is implemented, all of the GSIN codes will be mapped to UNSPSC. This mapping between the GSIN and UNSPSC will be shared by PWGSC on Buyandsell.gc.ca as open data. Over the course of the transition to UNSPSC, Tenders, Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements, and Contract History will be connected using UNSPSC. Visit the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) web page to learn more.
  • Contract History: Information about contracts awarded by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) on behalf of federal departments and agencies since January 2009. Visit Contract History to learn more about this service.
  • Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements (SOSA): Information about active standing offers and supply arrangements for goods and/or services held by pre-qualified suppliers. PWGSC issues standing offers and supply arrangements on behalf of all federal departments and agencies. Visit Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements (SOSA) to learn more about this service.

How do I use Procurement Data?

Buyandsell.gc.ca makes Procurement Data available to use in various formats:

Why would I use Procurement Data?

Procurement data provides unique business intelligence to help businesses and government procurement professionals make informed decisions. Anyone can import the data to their desktop or enterprise applications to:

  • Conduct market research and identify potential business partners based on recently awarded contracts.
  • Identify what departments and agencies buy.
  • Analyze markets, predict trends and requirements.

What are the terms of use governing Procurement Data?

No registration and no fee

Anyone can access Procurement Data on Buyandsell.gc.ca free of charge and without registering.

Commercial and non-profit uses of data feeds

Anyone can access Buyandsell.gc.ca data feeds of Procurement Data free of charge for commercial and non-profit redistribution.

Terms of use

Procurement Data carries an Open Government Licence - Canada that governs its use. Related tender solicitation documents and/or tender attachments are copyright protected. Please refer to the section about Commercial Reproduction in the Buyandsell.gc.ca Terms and Conditions for more information.

For more information

For help regarding Tenders

If you have a question concerning Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders, please consult the Tender Contacts page; and for a question concerning publishing via the Tender Management Application (TMA), please consult the Tender Management Application Contacts page.

For help regarding other open datasets

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 send your questions via our Web form found on the Contact Us page.