You’ll need to update your bookmarks if you’re interested in doing business with the Canadian government.
CanadaBuys is now “the home for doing business with the Government of Canada.” It is a SAP Ariba-based platform where current and potential suppliers can view and/or bid on tender opportunities with the federal government or the broader Canadian public sector (it replaces the previous site, Buyandsell).
Like most tender sites, registration is required. The process won’t be quite as onerous if your business already has a SAP Ariba account (many organizations across the globe already use the platform), although you will need to answer a few additional questions to access Canadian opportunities.
You can view the hundreds of thousands of tender opportunities listed on the site, and filter by category, type, status, location, and closing date – whatever terms fit your specific case. Note, though, that companies of any size will need a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number to do business with the Government of Canada; business number registration info can be found here.
Once registered, your organization can bid on opportunities from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), other Canadian government departments and agencies, the broader Canadian public sector, and those with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Information on viewing and responding to these opportunities can be found here.
The website also has a page dedicated to how Canadian government procurement works, and more information on trade agreements, policies and guidelines, and the procurement process. Click here to access the supply manual.
We recommend taking the time to review the details of the CanadaBuys platform, to ensure your best chances for successfully supplying the Canadian federal government.