If you want to bid on federal contracts, you need to know how to use Canada’s procurement website. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) reviews bids on federal contracts and selects the appropriate company to do the job. You can submit your own bids using the website, but more importantly, you can use the website to research past contracts to make sure the bid you submit is on point.
The PWGSC website gives you access to federal contracts awarded as far back as 2009. You can search through previous contracts using several different methods. To find contract options for your company, use a general search for contracts within your industry. You can also search for your competitors by name to see what, if any, contracts have been awarded to them, and you can conduct searches for specific contracts using the contract number.
If you want to find contracts for your company to bid on, conduct a search using general industry-related keywords. For example, if you own a cleaning company and are interested in cleaning government offices after hours, you should search for terms such as "janitor," "janitorial services," or "office cleaning."
When researching past contracts, you’ll find a lot of valuable information. Because you’re looking at contracts that have previously been awarded, you can see who the contract was awarded to and the amount of the contract, which gives you an idea of how to structure your bids.
Before you start bidding on contracts, it’s important to attend one of the PWGSC’s seminars on bidding. It hosts both in-person and online events to walk business owners, like you, through the entire bidding process.