Public Services and Procurement Canada is modernizing its procurement for temporary help services in the National Capital Region

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The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on July 1, 2020. Canadian procurements are not subject to any procurement obligations under CUSMA.

August 7, 2019 - Ottawa - Since August 1, 2019, a new list of pre-qualified suppliers for temporary help services (THS) has been available on

This supply arrangement will help provide more opportunities for THS suppliers from under-represented groups that are 51% owned or led by women, persons with disabilities and visible minorities, as well as Indigenous businesses, to compete for federal contracts in the National Capital Region. Each system-generated bidder’s list will consist of at least 33% suppliers from the under-represented groups and Indigenous businesses. In addition, suppliers that receive only a low volume of THS business each year will be given further opportunities to be selected to bid on requirements.

The department followed federal government best practices regarding industry engagement to renew its procurement strategy for THS. Through requests for information, we consulted with industry on approaches to include social procurement measures in the new method of supply.

The implementation of the new THS supply arrangement is a pilot under Public Services and Procurement Canada’s plan to modernize procurement processes while contributing to socio-economic benefits for Canadians.

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