Who can participate

The service is open to representatives of businesses owned or managed by equity-deserving groups who have had limited success in bidding on federal government opportunities.

Participation criteria

Participating businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Step 1 Your business is at least 51% owned or managed by an equity-deserving group (2SLGBTQIA+, Indigenous, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women)

  • This criterion applies to the business only. The individual participant is not required to be a member of the equity-deserving groups listed above.
  • Equity-deserving groups are determined on the basis of underrepresented groups in government procurement as identified by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).
  • To learn more about how PSPC is advancing supplier diversity in government procurement, visit the Supplier Diversity Action Plan.

Step 2 Your business has previously bid on federal government opportunities with limited success (for example, 3 or fewer contracts in the past 3 years)

  • The coaching service is designed to assist businesses with past experience in bidding with limited success. This is determined on the basis of contract awards per year in the past 3 years.
  • The content and activities for coaching are designed to assist bidders with experience and familiarity with government procurement. Therefore, the individual participating in the service must have basic knowledge of the federal bidding process, including experience bidding on federal opportunities.
  • The coaching service is not designed to serve businesses who can benefit from our other service offerings. For example, new bidders can participate in our education sessions (seminars and workshops). Experienced bidders who are not members of the socio-economic groups targeted for the coaching service can contact our regional offices to request one-on-one assistance.

Step 3 Your business has a Procurement Business Number (PBN) and/or is registered in SAP Ariba

  • Your PBN is assigned to your business when you register as a supplier with the federal government. It uniquely identifies your account in the Supplier Registration Information (SRI) system. The number consists of the first nine digits of your Business Number (BN) AND a suffix of two letters (PG) and four numbers.
  • SAP Ariba registration is required to view and to respond to bids posted to the electronic procurement solution.
  • We validate supplier registration during the application process in order to ensure the eligibility of businesses that are already registered as a supplier for the government of Canada.

Step 4 Your business intends to bid on future federal tender opportunities

  • The coaching service is focused on businesses interested in pursuing tender opportunities, as these are the types of opportunities for which we are best positioned to provide support.
  • The coaching service does not apply to businesses who submit primarily through Professional Services systems: Centralized Professionals Services Solution (CPSS), Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS), Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS), Temporary Help Services (THS). Also excluded: Directory of linguistic services suppliers - Translation Bureau and SELECT (Construction, Engineering and Architecture).

Participant commitment

Participants must agree to the following:

Procurement Assistance Canada offers a range of services that serve Canadian businesses. These include educational sessions like seminars and workshops, as well as personalized assistance provided by our regional offices.

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