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There are several websites and online services that house Requests for Proposals (RFPs), bids, Request for and tender information depending upon the type of business you are looking for—institutional, government or private sector.

Many provinces post opportunities onto their own sites in addition to posting them on well-known sites like MERX. Many large municipalities post their data online but many smaller centres do not. Some smaller municipalities do not actually put their procurement out to tender and instead pick suppliers based on personal relationships and mutual benefit. The few tenders which are publicly advertised may be found in small local papers and in some larger newspapers. Most newspapers in Canada do not publish tenders online.

The following is a list of several RFP sources:

www.merx.com
MERX offers public and private sector contract opportunities (tenders) in Canada. New opportunities are listed daily from all levels of government including the federal and provincial governments as well as the MASH sector (Municipal, Academic, School Boards and Hospitals) from across Canada. You can search across 32 products and 19 service categories.

In addition MERX allows purchasers and project managers complete control over the tendering process allowing them to: publish tenders online to an invited group of suppliers or reach over 50,000 Canadian suppliers and contractors; manage tender document distribution; control supplier and contractor information and to receive bids.

This is a subscription-based service that offers two levels of pricing depending upon the level of detail and services required by a subscriber. Available in English and French.

www.rfpsource.ca
RFPSource.ca replaced SourceCan which was discontinued. RFPSource offers small-and medium-sized companies the opportunity to bid, post opportunities and pursue strategic partnerships in Canada, the United States and internationally.

Users must register and create a profile in order to access opportunities. RFPSource features a Business Opportunities section where companies can define what types of opportunities (bids) they are interested in and would like to have matched to their profile. RFPSource’s Match Profile tool allows companies to include keywords and industry codes to identify bids that are of interest to your company. In addition you also have the ability to post opportunities and have them matched against other listed companies.

RFPSource will send you regular e-mail messages to notify you of the latest business opportunity matches to your profile.

www.bidsCanada.com
A Canadian search engine that specializes in indexing brief descriptions and links to tenders, Requests for Proposal (RFP), Requests for Quotation (RFQ) and other solicitations posted on Canadian public sector websites. Although these bid solicitations are freely available from a variety of public websites, bidsCanada.com eliminates the need to search each and every website individually. The search engine is updated daily to ensure that you always receive the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

In addition bidsCanada.com has an e-mail notification service where you can opt in to receive a daily e-mail message that consolidates details of Canadian public sector bid solicitations based on your area of business.

www.iTenders.com
Currently in the midst of a redesign, this site is a business-to-business and business-to consumer service that helps companies develop new business relationships, attract new customers and find suppliers for their services.

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