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Doing business with government

The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) provides procurement information to SMEs to encourage them to participate in federal procurement

  • It helps SMEs to better understand the government's process for purchasing goods and services:

free seminars and webinars and individual meetings1-800 InfoLine for suppliers with questions about the procurement process and related tools

  • It manages the Building Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), which helps Canadian companies test their innovative goods and services before commercialization
  • It maintains a network of six regional offices across the country

Central resource for open procurement information and data

  1. You must register as a supplier :
  • to obtain a Procurement Business Number (PBN)
  • Before registering in the FID system, you must have the following information from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA):

a Business Number or a Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) Number. The Business Number is the first 9 digits of your GST/HST number (e.g. 123456789RT0001).
The business name as registered with the CRA. If you are a sole proprietor, your name is your business name.

 You must make yourself known 

  • Needs less than $25,000

Suppliers who promote their goods and services have a better chance of bidding on requirements of $25,000 or less, which are considered low value purchases by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). If you are successful in promoting your goods and services to departments and agencies, you may be considered as a potential supplier.

Security rating 
Security Requirements

Reliability Status: Type of personnel security clearance that is required to access PROTECTED information, assets or facilities

VOD/ASI: A supplier may apply for a Designated Body Verification (DBO) or a Facility Security Clearance (FSC) when interested in procurement projects with security requirements.

Useful links: Government of Canada

Useful links: Government of Canada

Security Clearance

Before working on a federal contract with security requirements, private sector organisations must be registered with the Industrial Security Program (ISP).

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Office of Small and Medium Enterprises

Office of Small and Medium Enterprises

The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) within Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) advocates on behalf of SMEs and encourages their participation in federal government procurement.

OSME helps SMEs better understand how the government has :

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