Join a List of Interested Suppliers

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About the List of Interested Suppliers

The List of Interested Suppliers (LIS) is an online service that allows businesses to optionally join and publicly signal their interest in an active Government of Canada tender notice. The LIS allows businesses to add their company name and contact information to a publicly available list of parties who have expressed an interest in a particular tender published on Buyandsell.gc.ca.

The LIS is only available on Buyandsell.gc.ca and only reflects the interest of suppliers who have viewed tenders on this site. It does not capture any expressed interest by suppliers who may have viewed Government of Canada tender as redistributed information by a third-party service provider (such as MERX, biddingo). The LIS does not form part of the official tender solicitation package, and therefore is not available as part of the open tender data file and will be unpublished once a tender has been cancelled or awarded or has expired. Once the tender closing date has passed, the LIS is closed but will still remain visible for reference. No new contacts can be added to or removed from the LIS for an expired tender notice. The LIS will be unpublished when the tender notice is archived (i.e. the tenders that are cancelled and awarded).

Prospective bidders must be aware that the List of Interested Suppliers for a specific tender notice does not replace or affect the tendering procedures in place for the procurement. Businesses are still required to respond to bid solicitations and to compete based on established bid criteria.

For more information about the List of Interested Suppliers Terms of Use, please visit the About Tenders web page.

Use a web feed to receive updates

Web feeds are available to receive updates when a business adds their name to a List of Interested Suppliers (LIS) for an active Government of Canada tender notice.

To subscribe to a LIS web feed, go to an active tender notice of interest and click the link to the LIS. Once you are on the LIS page, click on the RSS feed icon RSS feed icon or the Atom feed icon Atom feed icon to create a subscription via a Web feed.

Using a feed reader, you will be notified by email when the LIS has been updated with businesses who have added their name to the list. If you have never used a feed reader to receive email notifications, learn how on our Follow Opportunities web page.

Use the page activity counter to gauge interest

The page activity counter on all LIS pages captures the page view count of visitors viewing the LIS for an active tender notice. The page activity counter on the tender notice and the associated LIS, will help you to assess the market interest in an active tender notice.

What are the potential benefits of the LIS for businesses?

Joining a List of Interested Suppliers for active Government of Canada tenders may increase:

  • Visibility: Joining the list is one way to be visible to other companies, prime contractors, or small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for partnering opportunities.
  • Networking opportunities: Businesses can scan for potential partners and contact them directly.
  • Interaction with new and niche markets: Large primes can identify potential SMEs partners suited to projects in a new or niche market.

Learn more about how to gather business intelligence using other information on Buyandsell.gc.ca

Visit the web page How do I find partners or understand my competition?

What are the steps to join a List of Interested Suppliers?

The List of Interested Suppliers is available for every active tender notice and gives any business the opportunity to self identify its interest in a specific tender notice.

Follow these steps to add your name to the List of Interested Suppliers

  1. Go to a tender notice of interest, and click on the List of Interest Suppliers on the top right corner of the tender notice (the Buyandsell.gc.ca page, not the PDF tender notice document attachment).
  2. The next page you see is the LIS for that specific tender notice. On this page, again in the top right corner, you can click a link to access the online form to enter your business name and contact information.
  3. Provide the following mandatory contact information in the form:
    • Name
    • Title
    • Company Name
    • Email (this will be verified as active)
  4. Add the following voluntary contact information:
    • Phone number
    • Twitter handle
    • Facebook profile
    • Linkedin address
  5. Submit the completed online form.
  6. A confirmation email will be sent immediately to your email address asking you to confirm your interest in joining the LIS. Note:You must conserve this confirmation email as it contains information that will allow you to remove your business contact information from an active LIS at a later date.

How do I update my contact information for a LIS?

If you need to update your contact information on the LIS for a specific active tender, you must remove your existing record and use the online submission form to create a new record with the new information. When you submitted the online form to join the LIS, you received an email with a link to verify your email and publish your identity on the LIS for a specific tender as well as a link to remove your name from the LIS. Please use the link provided in this email.

You may only update contact information for a LIS while the tender notice is “active”. Once the tender closing date has passed, the LIS is closed but will still remain visible for reference. No new contacts can be added to or removed from the LIS for an expired tender notice. The LIS will be unpublished when the tender notice is archived (i.e. the tender is cancelled or awarded).

If you no longer have the original confirmation email, please contact the OSME-SE national InfoLine at 1-800-811-1148. The line is staffed Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 17:00 Eastern Standard/Daylight time.

How do I remove my business name and contact information from a LIS?

When you submitted the online form to join the LIS, you received an email with a link to verify your email and publish your identity on the LIS for a specific tender as well as a link to remove your name from the LIS. Please use the link provided in this email.

You may only remove your name from an LIS while the tender notice is “active”. Once the tender notice is “expired”, “cancelled” or “awarded”, you may no longer remove your name from the LIS. The LIS associated to an expired notice is available for viewing only (no new contacts can be added to the LIS for an expired notice). The LIS associated to a “cancelled” or “awarded” tender notice is unpublished from Buyandsell.gc.ca.

If you no longer have the original confirmation email, please contact the OSME-SE national InfoLine at 1-800-811-1148. The line is staffed Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 17:00 Eastern Standard/Daylight time.

What if I find incorrect or inappropriate information that is not connected to me on the LIS?

If you find incorrect or inappropriate information on the LIS, please use the Buyandsell.gc.ca Contact Us web form and provide the URL of the LIS. You may also contact the OSME-SE national InfoLine at 1-800-811-1148. The line is staffed Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00 Eastern Standard/Daylight time.