Register as a supplier for Government of Canada-For Indigenous businesses
Last year, the Government of Canada announced a commitment to allocate 5% of federal contracts to businesses managed and led by Indigenous Peoples.
Did you know that you need to be registered in the Supplier Registration Information (SRI) system and the Indigenous Business Directory (IBD) to be awarded federal contracts set aside for Indigenous businesses? By registering in both systems, you make your company’s name and supply capabilities widely known to federal departments and agencies, who may use these systems to identify sources of supply for the goods and services they buy.
What is SRI?
SRI is a database of registered companies interested in selling to the federal government.
What is IBD?
IBD is a database designed to assist and support Indigenous businesses in the pursuit of business opportunities, including federal procurement.
What should you expect from this workshop?
At the end of the workshop, you will be registered in both systems. You will obtain your Procurement Business Number (PBN) which is a mandatory requirement to do business with the federal government. You will also have a basic profile in the IBD, which is requirement to be eligible for Indigenous set-asides.
The workshop is organized as follows:
1:00 PM: Registration in the Supplier Registration Information (SRI) system
1:45 PM: Registration in the Indigenous Business Directory (IBD)
To get the most value out of the session, each participant should have the required information below to complete the registration.
To register in SRI, you need:
o Your Business Number (BN) or Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) number. The first nine digits of your GST/HST number are your Business Number (eg: 123456789RT0001).
o Your Business Legal Name as registered with CRA. If you are a sole proprietor, then your name is your Legal Name.
To create a basic profile in IBD, you need:
o Your business information: business name, address, and contact information
o A short description of your business: one or two paragraphs
o A data provider for your business, and their contact information. This will be Indigenous Services Canada’s point of contact for your business.
o Another business contact information if different from the data provider: the owner, or General Manger, or CEO, etc.
o A breakdown of business ownership: Your business must have 51% Indigenous ownership and control to register in the IBD, for which you will need to provide proof and upload to your profile (Please have your proof scanned and available in pdf or jpeg format in advance. If you do not have proof of eligibility, please email us at [email protected] and we will help you with this step prior to the registration. Your business ownership must equal 100%, so if the Indigenous owner does not own 100% of the business, you must also include other non-Indigenous owners in this step as well.
o Your type of business: The options are band-operated, cooperative, corporation, joint venture, not specified, not-for-profit, partnership, or sole-proprietorship.
o Goods and Services Identification Number (GSIN) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes: While entering these codes is not a mandatory step to complete your profile ,you will be able to search various industries and enter codes that way. Please give some thought to what industries you wish to ensure your profile includes.
This session will be hosted in English only. For French sessions or for more information, contact Procurement Assistance Canada, National Capital Region, either by telephone at 873-355-9796 or by email at [email protected]. Login information to connect to the webinar will be sent to you a day prior to the event. The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises has changed its name to Procurement Assistance Canada.