Procurement Reporting for Calendar Year 2013 (to be reported in 2014)

Contracting Policy Notice: 2014-1

File No: 7010-003

Date: February 15, 2014

To: Functional Heads, Finance and Administration of all Departments and Agencies

Subject: Procurement Reporting for Calendar Year 2013 (to be reported in 2014)


Each year, organizations are asked to provide Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) with data on their contracting activities.  PWGSC supplies the data to the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), along with PWGSC data on the contracting that it undertakes on behalf of organizations.

This data is used to meet a number of the government’s reporting obligations, including those required under various international and domestic trade agreements.  In addition, it is used as the basis for statistics that are published in the annual Purchasing Activity Report (PAR).

Reporting Entities

The entities that must report are contracting authorities as defined in the Government Contracts Regulations.

Authorization and Deadline

Please note that all organizations are responsible for the accuracy and comprehensiveness of their contracting data as this data will be publicly posted.  The PAR promotes transparency in federal government contracting, and is a key source of information of interest to a broad audience, including federal organizations, oversight bodies, Canadian citizens, media, and other governments. 

When sending data to PWGSC, the electronic transmittal document must indicate the name and position of the individual (Director General level or higher) who has reviewed, validated and approved the data for release on behalf of the organization. Otherwise, the data will be returned to the originator.

Organizations are required to submit their data to PWGSC no later than May 30, 2014

Reporting for 2013

Organizations are to report all contracts and amendments done under their authority.  PWGSC Acquisitions Branch will include all contracting undertaken by them on behalf of organizations.

Do not report acquisition card transactions. This information will be obtained from sources within PWGSC.

For Standing Offers, either put in place by organizations themselves or by PWGSC, organizations are to report individual call-ups rather than entire standing offer agreements.

Data Submission

Please send electronic data by e-mail to and copy (cc:) Alternatively, you can mail your electronic files on diskette to: PWGSC, 11 Laurier Street, Phase III Floor 7B1, Gatineau, Québec K1A 0S5, Attention: Scott Wilston.


For procurement data reporting enquiries, please contact Scott Wilston (PWGSC) at 819-956-8483.

For information on all other matters, please contact Christiaan Shanahan (TBS) at 613-941-7182.

Please note all enquiries regarding the published data will be referred to officials in the appropriate organization.

Marc O’Sullivan
Assistant Comptroller General
Acquired Services and Assets Sector
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Distribution: TB06, TB07, TB21, T22, TB23, T23, T24, T161


Any incomplete or inaccurate data submitted will be returned to the organization to correct. 

Organizations must provide the following 16 data elements and coding listed under each required element as part of their reports: 

Data Fields:

  1. Department/Agency
  2. Award Date
  3. Agreement Type
    • Z: WTO/NAFTA
    • X: WTO/AIT
    • C : NAFTA/AIT
    • W : WTO
    • N : NAFTA
    • I : AIT
    • A : ABSA (PSAB)
    • R : LCSA (CLCA)
  4. Commodity Type
    • G – Good
    • S – Service
    • C - Construction
  5. Commodity Code - (4 digit GSIN code)
    • Goods = 4 numeric
    • Services = 1 alpha plus 3 numeric OR 2 alpha plus 2 numeric
    • Construction= "51" plus 1 or 2 numeric)
  6. Country of Origin (organization must use the ISO Alpha-3 code)
  7. Solicitation Procedure
    • AC – (ACAN)
    • OB – (Open Bidding)
    • TC – (Traditional Competitive)
    • TN – (Traditional Non-Competitive)
  8. Limited Tendering Reason
    • 05 - No response to bid solicitation
    • 20 - Goods Purchased on a Commodity Market
    • 21 - Purchases Made Under Exceptionally Advantageous Conditions
    • 22 - Winner of an Architectural Design Contest
    • 71 - Exclusive Rights
    • 72 - Prototype Purchase
    • 74 - Interchangeable Parts
    • 81 - Extreme Urgency
    • 23 - Consulting Services Regarding Matters of a Confidential Nature
    • 24 - Additional Construction Services
    • 25 - New Construction Services
    • 86 - Prices and/or Sources Fixed by Government Regulations
    • 90 - Protection of Human, Animal, or Plant Life or Health
    • 87 - Government Objectives Representing Best Interests/Value
    • 85 - Low Dollar-value
  9. Derogation
    • 00 – None
    • 01 - Shipbuilding and repair
    • 02 - Urban rail and urban transportation equipment systems, components and materials
    • 03 - Contracts respecting FSC 58 (communications, detection and coherent radiation equipment)
    • 04 - Set-asides for small and minority businesses
    • 05 - Agricultural products made in furtherance of agricultural support programs or human feeding programs
    • 06 - The Depts of Transport, Communications and Fisheries & Oceans respecting FSC 70, 74, 36
    • 07 - National security exemptions incl. oil purchases relating to any strategic reserve requirements
    • 08 - National security exceptions include procurements made in support of safeguarding nuclear materials or technology
    • 09 - Under exception circumstances exclude a procurement from the application of AIT, Chapter 5 for regional and economical development purposes
  10. Canadian Value
  11. Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business Incidental Indicator
  12. Intellectual Property Indicator
    • A1: Crown owned - exception 6.1 
    • A2: Crown owned - exception 6.2 
    • A3: Crown owned - exception 6.3 
    • A41: Crown owned - exception 6.4.1 
    • A42: Crown owned - exception 6.4.2 
    • A43: Crown owned - exception 6.4.3 
    • A65: Crown owned - exception 6.5 
    • A8: Crown owned - exemption 8 (note: must have received approval of the Treasury Board via a Treasury Board submission)
    • B: Contractor Owned
    • C: No IP Terms in Contract
    • D: Organization Not Subject to IP Policy
  13. Document Number (Contract, Call-up)
  14. Standing Offer Number
  15. Document Type (for example, 942: Standing Offer Call-up, Contract, Amendment etc.)
  16. Vendor Name

Page details

Date modified: