Temporary help services for the National Capital Region
The temporary help services (THS) supply arrangement (SA) is the mandatory method of supply designed to assist federal departments in the National Capital Region (NCR) with their procurement of temporary help for an assignment period that does not exceed 48 consecutive weeks.
There are only 3 situations in which THS can be used:
- when a public servant is absent for a temporary period of time
- when there is a requirement for additional staff during a temporary workload increase, in which there is an insufficient number of public servants available to meet the requirement
- a position is vacant and staffing action is being completed
The current refresh period closing date that is open for bidding in CPSS has been changed from September 30, 2023, to December 31, 2023. As indicated in the bidding documents, the refresh period closing dates may be adjusted from time to time due to operational requirements. We appreciate your patience and will continue with the regular quarterly schedule after December 31, 2023, closing date.
Services and information
Details of the SA including terms and conditions and instructions on how to use the SA.
An overview of the business rules governing THS in the NCR.
All temp help streams and categories covered by the current version of THS.
Useful tools for client departments wishing to contract via THS.
Suppliers without a current SA interested in providing services via THS must download the most current version of our RFSA and use it to bid in the Centralized Professional Services System ePortal. New bids are evaluated quarterly.
A timeline of notices, changes and improvements in the life of THS.
Find out about the various methods of supply for THS in other regions of Canada.
We encourage client feedback for further development of the THS tool in the NCR.
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