Frequently Asked Questions about SOSA

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What is a CSV file and how is it used?

A CSV file is a file format used to store tabular data in which numbers and text are stored in plain-text form so that it can be easily written and read in a text editor.

As a CSV file, Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements open data can be imported into common desktop applications, such as Microsoft Excel, for sorting, filtering, and searching information. Read more about opening a CSV file.

Does SOSA replace Pre-Qualified Supplier Data (PQSD)?

Yes. It is the same data that was found in PQSD. The name was changed from PQSD to SOSA to better reflect what this data is about.

Why are there no construction standing offers or supply arrangements listed in SOSA?

Construction Services (GSIN 51) opportunities are managed through Public Works and Government Services Canada's SELECT database. SELECT is a database of approved suppliers providing construction, architectural and engineering services as well as related maintenance and consulting services.

Does SOSA contain records from ProServices?

No. Information from ProServices is not found in SOSA. ProServices is an electronic procurement tool used by federal departments and agencies to identify potential pre-qualified suppliers for government professional services requirements whose value is under the NAFTA threshold. Suppliers interested in offering professional services may visit ProServices to learn more about the pre-qualification process.

How long are standing offers and supply arrangements retained?

They are retained as long as they are current. Once a standing offer or supply arrangement ends, it is removed. There are no archived versions of SOSA.

Why is the contact information for companies not provided in SOSA?

Contact information for a company is not provided because the business contact information provided in the source data may not be the appropriate contact for public inquiries. Users of SOSA can conduct further independent research to find the appropriate contact for a company by using publicly available sources, such as company websites or business directories.

For more information

For more information about Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements (SOSA), please access the Contacts for SOSA page.