TBIPS and other procurement options

Procurement Vehicles for Government of Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada offers a number of government-wide procurement vehicles to enable departments and agencies to contract more effectively with the private sector for consulting services. Key contracting vehicles include:

  • Task Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) – for procurement of skilled IM/IT individuals or teams based on mandatory and rated criteria, with two tiers (between $78.5 K and $ 2M and >$2M) and two different procurement models: a Standing Offer (low cost compliant) and a Supply Arrangement (best value to the Crown). There must be a minimum of 15 firms invited to bid and 15 days for bid responses. Tier 1 bids are managed by the department while Tier 2 bids are managed by Public Services and Procurement Canada.
  • Solutions-Based Informatics Professional Services (SBIPS) – for procurement of professional services under a Supply Arrangement to produce a self-standing, outcome-driven result.
  • Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) – for procurement of task- and solutions-based non-IM/IT work, again with two tiers and three different procurement models (task-based supply arrangement and standing offer, and solutions-based supply arrangement).
  • ProServices  – for procurement of skilled IM/IT and non-IM/IT individuals or teams based on mandatory and rated criteria, for opportunities under NAFTA thresholds of $ 78.5 K and two different procurement models: a Standing Offer (low cost compliant) and a Supply Arrangement (best value to the Crown).
  • Temporary Help Services (THS) – for procurement of individual strategic and management consulting resources for defined tasks, up to $400K either as a Standing Offer or Supply Arrangement, across specific categories where Systemscope has been qualified:
    • Technical Services (Computer Website Support)
    • Communications Services
    • Library Services
    • Human Resources Management
    • Policy and Advisory Services

These five different contracting tools give government clients the flexibility they require to procure services. Each one has associated strengths, and specific tools (TBIPS/SBIPS and TSPS) have been built to give Government of Canada (GC) clients a host of contracting possibilities.

A distinct advantage with task-based GC contracting vehicles such as TBIPS is that departments can build requirements with option periods that contracting authorities may exercise at their discretion. This feature suits multi-phase projects that must fit within certain budget parameters. It provides flexibility without a financial commitment from the outset.