If you want to bid on government contracts or become a supplier for government buildings, knowing how to use Canada’s procurement website can give you an edge over your competition. Public Works and Government Services Canada awards contracts on behalf of the federal government and agencies. It also keeps track of past contracts, which you can search for online. This way, when you’re ready to create a proposal for a government contract or agency, you have a better understanding of your competition.
If you want to look through contracts previously awarded, visit the PWGSC website to conduct a search. This site lets you search for contracts awarded as far back as 2009, and you can search via several methods. If you’re looking for contracts awarded to a specific provider, for example, you can search for the provider’s name. You can also search using the contract number or conduct a more general search for contracts in your industry.
To search for contracts in your industry you might want to bid on in the future, search for industry-related keywords. For example, if you own a cleaning company, you might search for "janitorial services." This would populate all of the contracts awarded for janitorial services to government buildings.
The PWGSC website’s search feature is simple to use, and the information displayed on the contracts is helpful in many ways. Using the search feature, you can see what type of work your competition bids on and the amounts in each contract they’re awarded. You can also use the system’s information to search for contracts you’d like to bid on and do market research to find businesses you’d like to partner with on future projects.