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This page allows you to perform a search for specific Canadian Public Tenders opportunities by completing at least one of the search fields detailed below. For example, to view opportunities published on a previous business day, you would enter that business day in the format dd/mm/yyyy in the Published or Revised Date field. The Detailed Opportunity Search page has several sections; Keyword Search, Category, GSIN Group, Region of Opportunity, Region of Delivery, Tender Type, Published or Revised Date, Closing Date, and Refine Search results by.

How to Use the Detailed Search Form

Before using the Detailed Search form, it is important that you understand how the different fields work together to create a query condition. As you add more condition items to your search, you refine your search even more. It is important to note that your search results will be as good as your search criteria. If you select too many conditions, you may miss finding opportunities that are of interest to you.

Search Examples:

Example 1 - I want to find all opportunities for Computer Training.

Solution:

1. Type Computer Training into the Keyword(s) field.

2. Click the Search button at the bottom of the page.

All open Canadian Public Tenders opportunity notices for Computer Training will be found.

Example 2 - I want to find all opportunities for Computer Training in the province of Ontario and Quebec as well as opportunities that apply to both provinces.

Solution:

1. Type Computer Training into the Keyword(s) field.

2. In the Region of Delivery section, click on the link Choose your Region and select the region(s) you are searching for.  In this case, click in the checkbox next to Ontario, Quebec and ON/QC and then on the select button at the bottom of the screen.

3. Click the Search button at the bottom of the page.

All Computer Training opportunities for the Province of Ontario, the Province of Quebec and for both Ontario and Quebec will be found.

                   Note:

It is important to understand that the region of delivery for an opportunity may be specific to one region or a combination of regions (i.e., Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, ON/QC, Western, Atlantic, etc.). If you select ON/QC, you will only find opportunities where the goods or services are to be delivered to both provinces. You will not find any opportunities where the region of delivery is specific to the province of Ontario or the province of Quebec.

 

Note:   

Some buying organizations at a provincial and municipal level do not complete or provide region information in the Region of Opportunity or Region of Delivery notice fields. If you use these fields for searching, your search results may not include all of the open opportunities for the regions you are looking for. You can use the “Must have” and “Must NOT have” keyword fields to narrow your search for specific regions. For example – if you want to find all opportunities in Ontario, then enter Ontario in the “Must have” field, and enter B.C., British Columbia, Alberta, [all other province names] in the “Must NOT have” field.

 

Example 3 - I have heard that there is an opportunity to provide Printing Services to the Federal Government. I do not know which department. I do know that it was published between August 1, 2002 and September 15, 2002 and that the opportunity is to be delivered Canada Wide.

Solution:

1. Enter Printing Services into the Keyword(s) field.

2. From the Region of Delivery field, click on Choose your Region. 

3.  Click in the checkbox next to All to select Canada Wide.

4.  Click on Select at the bottom of the page.

5. In the Published Range field, click next to the Published and Revised Date section and then select the Betweeen field.  You can either click on the calendar next to each field to select the date or you can enter the date 01/08/2002 in the first field and 15/09/2002 in the second field.

6. Click the Search button at the bottom of the page.

All opportunity notices for Printing Services published between August 1st and September 15th 2002 to be delivered Canada wide will be listed.

And & Or Conditions

An "And" statement is used when you want to find all opportunities that match all of the conditions specified. For example, a supplier may want to find all opportunities for printing services within the province of Ontario.

An "Or" statement is used when you want to find all opportunities that match any of the selected conditions. For example, a supplier may want to find all opportunities under the Category of Aerospace and under the GSIN Group of Administrative Support.

The combination of fields you use on this form will determine if you are creating an "And" or an "Or" query condition.

Click here to view an illustration of the Detailed Search form

Field Combinations

The following table indicates the field combinations that will create either an
"And" or "Or" condition.

Field name

Condition

Field Name

Keyword(s)

AND

Category

Keyword(s)

AND

GSIN Group

Keyword(s)

AND

Region of Opportunity

Keyword(s)

AND

Region of Delivery

Keyword(s)

AND

Tender Type

Keyword(s)                          AND                                    Published or Revised Date

Keyword(s)                          AND                                    Closing Date

 

Category

OR

GSIN Group

 

Category

AND

Any combination of:

Region of Opportunity

Region of Delivery

Tender Type

Published or Revised Date

Closing Date

 

GSIN Group

AND

Any combination of:

Region of Opportunity

Region of Delivery

Tender Type

Published or Revised Date

Closing Date

 

Region of Opportunity

AND

Any combination of:

Region of Delivery

Tender Type

Published or Revised Date

Closing Date

 

Region of Delivery

AND

Any combination of:

Region of Opportunity

Tender Type

Published or Revised Date

Closing Date

 

Published or Revised Date

AND

Any combination of:

Region of Opportunity

Region of Delivery

Tender Type

Closing Date

Your search criteria can also be refined even more by entering criteria items into one or more of the Refine by fields at the bottom of the Detailed Search form. All items entered into the Refine by fields will create an "And" condition to be applied to the results of the opportunities found by the Initial Search fields.

Initial Search fields

Keyword(s)

Enter the character string(s) that you wish to search for. Click on Searching for Character Strings for detailed information on search operators. Separate terms and phrases with commas.

 

Category

In order to find the categorty that best represents the opportunities you wish to find, click on the link named Choose Categories. To select multiple categories, click in the checkbox next to all the categories you wish to select. 

 

GSIN Group

In order to find the category that best describes the opportunities you wish to find, click on the link named Choose your GSIN Groups. To select the GSIN group(s) that best match the type of opportunities you wish to find, click in the checkbox next to all the GSIN Groups that apply.

 

Region of Opportunity

Select the Region in which the opportunity will be offered by clicking on the Choose your Regions link.  Select the region you wish to view by clicking in the checkbox next to the region(s) of interest and then click on the Select button at the bottom of the screen.  If you wish to view opportunities from  all accross Canada, select All.

 

Region of Delivery

 

 

Tender Type

Select the Region in which the opportunity will be delivered by clicking on the Choose your Regions link.  Select the region you wish to view by clicking in the checkbox next to the region(s) of interest and then click on the Select button at the bottom of the screen.  If you wish to view opportunities all accross Canada, select All.

Select the Tender Type of the opportunites you wish to view.  Click on Choose your Types and then select the Tenders of interest and then click on the Select button at the bottom of the screen.  If you wish to view all Tender Types, select All.

 

Published or Revised Date

Use this field to find opportunity notices that were published or revised within a specified date range. Click the checkbox next to the Published or Revised Date section. You can select the date by clicking on the calendar next to the field you wish to search; is, within or between, or by entering the date in the following format dd/mm/yyy.  If you wish to view one specific date, select the Published or Revised Date is.  If you wish to view notices that were Published or Revised recently, select the field Within and search within One day, One week or One month.

 

Closing Date

Use this field to find opportunity notices that are Closing within a   specified date range. Click the checkbox next to the Closing Date field. You can select the date by clicking on the calendar next to the field you wish to search; is, within or between, or by entering the date in the following format dd/mm/yyy.  If you wish to search for one specific date, select the Closing Date is.  If you wish to view notices that are closing in the near future, select the field Within and search within One day, One week or One month. If you are looking for opportunities closing within a certain timeframe, select the Between field and select the from and to dates the system should base its search criteria on.

Refine Search Results by

The following fields allow you to refine your search by ensuring that certain terms or phrases are included or not included in opportunity notices.

Must have

Enter the terms or phrases (separated by commas) that MUST be included in the opportunity notice(s). For example, if you want to only look at opportunity notices about training services, enter training services into the Must have field.

 

Must Not have

Enter the terms or phrases (separated by commas) that MUST NOT be included in the opportunity notice(s). For example, if you do not want to see any opportunities about computer hardware, enter computer hardware into the Must Not have field.

 

ACAN

If you wish to include Advanced Contract Award Notices (ACAN) in your search, select "Yes" from the drop down list. Select "No" if you do not wish to include ACAN notices in your search results.

Maximum number of results per page

Select the maximum number of results you would like to view from the drop down list. By default, 10 opportunities will be displayed per page.

Search button

To perform a search, click on this button. The search results will be displayed on the Opportunities page.

Clear button

To clear the selected detail search criteria, click this button. All search fields settings will return to default. 

Menu Links

The menu links are located on the left side of the page. To access a function, click the function name link. If a menu item is grayed, this means that the page is currently displayed or that the MERX page is not available for selection.

Back To:

The "Back To" section displays links that will take you back to previous MERX pages. Click the name of the page to which you wish to return.

Search:

 

Simple

This option will allow you to access the Simple Search function to do a broad search for open Canadian Public Tenders opportunities.

 

Former Opportunities

This option allows you to search for Closed Canadian Public Tenders opportunities.

 

Awards

This option allows you to search for Public Tenders Award notices.