Buying and Selling to Federal Government Guide

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Doing Business with the Government of Canada.

Buying and Selling to Federal Government: 

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Government of Canada: Supply Chain Management and Procurement Services Background.

 

Aside from the convenience of reference, this guide on Buying and Selling to Federal Government was designed to make available vital information to the public who may not be well-informed about the numerous services offered by the government. Originally, a majority of the information from this guide comes from the book “Public and Private Surplus Business Resource.

 

Please be cautious and never pay for something that is publicly accessible especially government resources from and for the public sector.  Having said that, there are tons of Canadian and U.S. based websites out there that require you to pay a one-time upfront fee or an ongoing membership fee in order to let you access government surplus and sales sources. All that and much more is available and contained in this guide and on canadasmallbusiness.ca website. Access to this guide along with many other guides and resources on Canada Small Business.ca are all free and available to the public at no charge.

 

Every effort was made to ensure that the information provided was precise at the time of publication. However, due to the dynamic nature of government policies, it is important that you always contact the agencies responsible for the sales, auctions, and public tenders to ask questions if you are unclear about the location, dates, or terms of the transactions included on their website. I strongly recommend that after glancing through this section, if you are interested in buying federal surplus assets, or want to become a supplier to the Government of Canada, you should visit their websites or contact the nearest office in your region. Please refer to the list of websites, offices, distribution centres and third-party vendors below.

 

This guide is centered on exploring the potential of buying surplus goods, other assets, and real estate from the federal government. Also, it highlights a number of sources on selling to the federal government. At the federal level of government, there are several agencies and organizations that buy, sell or dispose of excess equipment, vehicles, land and other assets through a variety of methods. From the experience I had with them, the Canadian government’s Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), and Crown Assets Distribution Centres (CADCs) appear to be transparent and they help a lot in providing sufficient information when you contact them.

 

Just like the General Services Administration (GSA) of the United States which oversees the business operation of the U.S. federal government such as supplying federal purchasers with cost-effective products and services from commercial vendors, the Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) department is one of the best sources of surplus goods and items at the federal level of government in Canada. The department of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is not only the primary purchasing agent of the Canadian Government but is also responsible for disposing of surplus government materials.

 

To handle this huge and demanding job, several Crown Assets Distribution Centers (CADC), within the Public Works and Government Services Canada were established.

 

 

For the benefit of those who are confused about the term ‘surplus’, I’m going to briefly talk about it. The government, like any other organization, purchases goods and services for its operation. Now, as time progresses, all the goods either get outdated and need to be upgraded or more efficient equipment is needed to replace the existing ones. This creates enormous opportunities for people to obtain what the government declares as a surplus. In a simple way, a surplus is something that the government no longer needs.

 

Crown Assets Distribution Centers – CADC:

 

For over 50 years, the CADC has been involved in the sale of surplus material, as all outdated, overstocked, and seized assets have to be disposed. Included in these sales are surplus assets from various government agencies as well as vehicles seized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In addition, the CADC acts as an agent to some foreign governments who are interested in selling their surplus assets in Canada and vice versa.

 

Primarily, CADC disposes of surplus assets through regional Crown Assets Distribution Centers as well as through their headquarters, and most vehicles are auctioned off through third party contractors. The methods of sales are as follows:

 

  • Public Sales: Conducted by CADCs at a CADC or by contractors at their site or location,
  • Auctions: Conducted by contractors or third-party service providers,
  • Tender Sales: Offer To Purchase (OTP) conducted by CADCs and other parties,

 

Note: The CADC does not manage the sale of real property. The Real Property Service within the PWGSC only handles federal government surplus sales of real estate, which is listed on this website under real estate and government services or surplus. For more information about government surplus real estate, please refer to Real Estate from the Federal Government below.

 

The good thing is that virtually anyone (Individuals, businesses or other government bodies) can buy surplus assets from the CADC. For terms and conditions for global bidders, please refer to their website or contact the CADC prior to submitting a bid. Usually, sales are advertised online and in the local or national media, indicating the location of the goods and inspection periods as well as other details. Third-party auctioneers or service providers acting on behalf of government agencies always marks the content, indicating the source on their advertising.

 

For instance, the government of Canada’s surplus vehicles that are auctioned off will be stated as such that it’s from the Ministry of Health or Transport Canada and so forth. The same rule applies to provincial and municipals’ government’s surplus sales and auctions when represented by third parties auctioneers and distributors. Depending on goods and opportunities, you can also locate some sources on Canada Gazette as well. In fact for some professions and trades, Canada Gazette and other provincial and territorial Gazettes could be a great source of information on locating or following a number of topics and opportunities that could present itself in the near future.

 

If you are interested in participating in the auctions or sales held by the CADCs, you are free to visit their website to get vital information, and you can as well subscribe to their mail list as it could be a great tool if you are interested in purchasing surplus assets from the federal government. Please be aware that all government surplus sales are final and may be subject to applicable taxes and fees. For more details, see the information below.

 

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Tender Items, Offer to Purchase (OTP):

 

The Crown Asset Distributions web Offer to Purchase (OTP) system is an online interactive query of a surplus database. On the website, you can search for available surplus items based on your region and the type of item you are interested in. All assets are sold based on availability.

 

Government of Canada Tenders – Contracts:

The Canadian government’s Tenders under PWGSC can be viewed and downloaded on Buyandsell.gc.ca at no charge, and even without registering. You can search or browse the latest tenders using the quick search icons which come as a handy tool.

 

Click to Search Tenders:

 

You can also search for other public and private tenders on Merx Canada, Adesa Canada, and Ican Auctions with multiple locations throughout Canada. For example, Adesa Canada and Ican Auctions sell government surplus such as vehicles and equipment, while Merx Canada deals mostly with contract opportunities, bids and tenders from a variety of sources.

 

Also, for defence Procurement, the Public Works and Government Services Canada has the exclusive authority to acquire defence supplies of all kinds, including ships, on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard. For instance, in the public supply chain, the Department of National Defense (DND) and Defense Construction Canada (DCC) also has some share of values in the procurement of products and services that the government of Canada acquires and claims as surplus. Tenders for procurement of defence-related equipment and services could be found on buyandsell.gc.ca. Just a quick double-reminder that governments and their policies are designed to change over time. So it`s crucial that anytime you are looking to obtain updated information on a particular sales, product or a subject, always refer to their website first before accepting the information contained in this website. Also, the information contained in this guide is secondary to the actual source. See the full list of products the Government of Canada utilizes.

 

Public Sales and Auctions:

 

For specific public sales or schedule information, please visit the CADC website or contact the following regional offices listed below. Please click below to search and locate the nearest Crown Distribution Centres to you:

 

 

Pacific Region – BC:

 

In August 2000, Warehousing and Asset Investment Recovery (WAIR), in the Province of British Columbia (BC), acquired over the disposal operation from CADC. Please visit www.bcsolutions.gov.bc.ca/wair/ for more information about WAIR. You can make inquiry about WAIR through the lines, (604) 501-8216 and CADC (604) 502-5842.

 

Government vehicles and other general goods surplus sales:

 

The Canadian Government utilizes cars, SUVs, trucks, boats and vessels, tractor, and other motorized transportation vehicles on a large scale. The federal government disposes (sells off) its surplus vehicles through the two methods outlined below.

 

  1. Through ‘National Master Standing Offer for Vehicle Re-marketing Services (NMSO)’ with third-party auctioneers listed below.
  2. Through direct sales by the CADCs. Please note that CAD often also sells some vehicles on their websites based on availability.

 

To get additional information on government surplus vehicles, please see the list below as well as the auctioneers and liquidators listings.

 

Vehicles, SUVs, Trucks, Equipment:

 

Government vehicles and other general goods surplus sales:

 

The Canadian Government utilizes cars, SUVs, trucks, boats and vessels, tractor, and other motorized transportation vehicles on a large scale. The federal government disposes of (sells off) its surplus vehicles through the two methods outlined below.

 

  1. Through ‘National Master Standing Offer for Vehicle Re-marketing Services (NMSO)’ with third-party auctioneers listed below.
  2. Through direct sales by the CADCs. Please note that CAD often also sells some vehicles on their websites based on availability.

 

To get additional information on government surplus vehicles, please see the list below as well as the auctioneers and liquidators listings.

 

 

Atlantic Region:

 

Click here to see the Atlantic Region - Vehicles Sales & Auctions:

Jardine Auctioneers – Fredericton:

1849 Rte 640 Hanwell Road,

Fredericton, NB,

E3C 2A7,

  • Telephone:     (506) 454-4400,
  • Fax:                (506) 450-3288,
  • Email:             admin@jardineauctioneers.com,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

Jardine Auctioneers – St. John:

110, chemin Ashburn,

St. John, NB,

B2T 1K3,

 

 

Fitzpatricks Auctioneering Services Limited:

#7 Mullaly Street,

St. John’s. NF,

A1B 4M8,

  • Telephone:      (709)722-5865,
  • Fax:                (709)722-9612,
  • Email:             auction@nfld.net,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

Auction City Inc.

376 Sackville Drive,

Lower Sackville, N.S.,

B4C 2R8,

  • Telephone:      (902) 865-8650,
  • Fax:                (902) 865-9948,
  • Email:             catherine@auctioncityinc.com,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

Quebec Region:

 

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Encan Transit Auction,

500 1ère Avenue,

Saint-Romuald, Québec,

G6W 5M6,

  • Telephone:      (418) 839-0070,
  • Fax:                (418) 839-1510,
  • Toll-free:        1 877 839-0070,
  • Email:             ppapillon@encantransit.com, or jpgingras@encantransit.com,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

National Capital Region:

 

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Rideau Auctions Incorporated:

P.O. Box 898,

Winchester, Ontario,

K0C 2K0,

  • Telephone:      (613) 774-7000,
  • Fax:                (613) 774-5559,
  • Email:             auctions@magma.ca,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

Ontario Region:

 

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Rideau Auctions Incorporated,

P.O. Box 898,

Winchester, Ontario,

K0C 2K0,

  • Telephone:      (613) 774-7000,
  • Fax:                (613) 774-5559,
  • Email:             auctions@magma.ca,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

North Toronto Vehicle Auction:

3230 Thomas St.,

Innisfil, Ontario,

L9S 3W5,

  • Telephone:      (705) 436-4111,
  • Fax:                (705) 436-3936,
  • Email:             mrispin@ntva.ca,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

Western Region:

 

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Mordyck Auctions Limited:

Box 639,

Iles Des Chenes, Man,

R0A 0T0L,

  • Telephone:      (204) 878-2415,
  • Fax:                (204) 878-5115,
  • Email:             Eric.morrow@mordyckauctions.ca,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

Michener Allen Auctioneering Ltd.,

Box 5297,

Edmonton, Alberta.,

T5L 3L0,

  • Telephone:      (780) 470-5584,
  • Fax:                (780) 470-3200,
  • Email:             ian@micheneralen.com, or darryl@michenerallen.com,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

Michener Allen Auctioneering Ltd:

13090 Barlow Trail,

Calgary, Alberta,

T6B 2T1,

  • Telephone:      (403) 226-0405,
  • Fax:                (403) 226-0707,
  • Email:             fred@michenerallen.com, or tmoore@michenerallen.com,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

PBR Auto Auctions:

105 71st Street,

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,

S7R 1B4,

  • Telephone:      (306) 931-7666,
  • Fax:                (306) 244-4654,
  • Email:             Pbr.auto.sktn@sasktel.net,
  • Web:               Link,

 

 

Pacific Region:

 

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Able Auto Auctions,

1500 Lougheed Highway,

Coquitlam, BRITISH COLUMBIA,

V3K 6G3,

  • Telephone:      (604) 516-8498,
  • Fax:                (604) 516-8436,
  • Email:             mrehanek@turnersauctions.com,

 

 

Real Estate from the Federal Government:

 

All Crown lands in Canada are owned by Her Majesty, the Queen. The administration of these lands is allocated to various government departments, agencies and Crown corporations to sustain the delivery of government programs and services.

 

From my research, I observe that the Canadian Government does not sell many real estate or properties to the public. However, properties that are no longer required by the federal government, its departments and agencies are disposed of by any of the two methods given below:

 

  • The policy’s routine disposal process
  • Its strategic disposal process

 

Also, Real Estate Online is an internet-based website containing federal properties for sale to the public. On this website, you can search and retrieve property listings. Furthermore, this website can assist you in finding federal property surplus by geographic location, price range as well as the type of property. If you are interested in buying real estate from the federal government, you may visit this website for vital and relevant information.

 

Click for Federal Real Estate Information
  • Telephone: English: 1-888-GOV-LAND,
  • Telephone: French 1-888-FED-PROP,
  • Website: » Link,

 

For Public Works – Realty Services – Real Estate Sector – Real Estate Online’, please visit the following links below:

 

 

Information is power! Now that you are well-versed with the basics of how to go about buying from and selling to public and private sectors as well as other vital information located on canadasmallbusiness.ca website, it is time to set your actions in motion. I wish you success all the way!

 


Buying and Selling to Federal Government Guide: Doing Business With The Government of Canada – K. Shalizi

 

 


Additional government surplus and/or sales of real estate sources:

 

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Canada Land Company

The Directory of Federal Real Property

 


 

Learn more about:

Canada Gazette

Canada Small Business Financing Program

 

Canadian Trade Commission

 

 

 

 

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