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Note: The SACC Manual and Supply Manual have undergone several updates following the initial release of PN-107R1 on July 3, 2015:

Purpose

Through this Policy Notification 107R1, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is updating the Integrity Provisions surrounding its procurement and real property transactions to bring them in line with a new government-wide Integrity Regime. The updated provisions introduce rules around suspension, modify the rules around ineligibility, institute due process and review in cases of mandatory ineligibility, and encourage self-declaration of unlawful business practices.

Effective Date

Effective immediately, contracting officers are instructed to amend their solicitation documents to reflect this revised approach.

Background

Over the past several years, PWGSC has implemented numerous measures to strengthen the integrity of the Department’s procurement and real property processes.

In July 2012, PWGSC established a formal Integrity Framework, under its own authorities, designed to ensure that the government does not enter into contracts with suppliers that have criminal convictions in Canada. Subsequent enhancements to the Framework were made in November 2012 (ARCHIVED - Integrity Provisions – PN-107) and March 2014 (ARCHIVED - Integrity Provisions - PN-107U1), it was expanded to include foreign offences, affiliate convictions of a supplier and require that suppliers extend the same terms and conditions to subcontractors.

Continuing this effort, on July 3, 2015, PWGSC implemented a new government-wide Integrity Regime (introduced by the Government of Canada in Budget 2015) for its procurement and real property transactions to ensure that the Government of Canada does business with ethical suppliers. The new Integrity Regime is a policy-based approach that will be applied across federal departments and agencies through memoranda of understanding.

Summary of Revisions to the Integrity Provisions

The Integrity Provisions are being updated to:

  • Remove mandatory ineligibility of suppliers for actions of an affiliate, unless the supplier has a degree of control over the convicted affiliate;
  • Ensure notification of supplier of mandatory ineligibility and allow ineligible suppliers to reduce their ineligibility period by five years through cooperation with law enforcement or third-party certification of improved business conduct and behaviour;
  • Allow companies to self-declare violations, so that they can begin the ineligibility period and remediation process immediately;
  • Introduce a new provision for when Public Interest Exception is invoked, it must be accompanied by an administrative agreement with the Minister of PWGS to provide assurances that remedial action will be undertaken;
  • Allow PWGSC to suspend bidders for up to 18 months in situations where a supplier has been charged with a listed offence or has admitted wrongdoing;
  • Ensure an automatic ten year ineligibility period for providing false or misleading information on the certification that neither the supplier nor its affiliates have been convicted in the last three years;
  • Render a contractor ineligible for five years if they enter into a contract with an ineligible subcontractor; and
  • Allow PWGSC to publish a public list of all ineligible and suspended suppliers, including the period of ineligibility.

See the departmental Integrity Regime for further details on these policy changes and the new Ineligibility and Suspension Policy.

Supply Manual

Specific details regarding the following changes can be found in Annex A - (See Supply Manual Archive). These changes will be incorporated in a future release of the Supply Manual:

  • Director General or Regional Director General approval is required for procurement transactions where potential wrongdoing is found. Approval of Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions Branch will be required in some cases.
  • The section on exemptions from the Integrity Provisions is reworded.
  • New sections are added to reflect the new Integrity Regime and PWGSC Ineligibility and Suspension Policy (Sections 3.51 Integrity Regime – Overview, Section 3.52 PWGSC Ineligibility and Suspension Policy, Section 4.21.1 Administrative Agreements, Section 4.21.2 Public Interest Exception (PIE) and 4.21.3 Contracting with Ineligible/Suspended Subcontractors).
  • Annex 8.13: Letter Templates for Integrity is updated to reflect new Integrity Regime and PWGSC Ineligibility and Suspension Policy.

Affected Supply Manual sections:

  • 1.30.25: Code of Conduct for Procurement
  • 3.22.5: Exceptions to Processes when an Emergency
  • 3.35.1.40: Authorizing and Issuing Task Authorizations
  • 3.51: Integrity Overview
  • 3.52: PWGSC Ineligibility and Suspension Policy (NEW)
  • 4.21: Integrity Provisions
  • 4.21.1: Administrative Agreements (NEW)
  • 4.21.2: Public Interest Exception (NEW)
  • 4.21.3: Contracting with Ineligible/Suspended Subcontractors (NEW)
  • 4.45: Certifications
  • 4.45.1: Code of Conduct (Certification)
  • 5.16: Integrity Compliance
  • 6.4.1: Annex: Approval Authorities and Additional Signing Authorities in Support of Clients' Programs Only - Other than for Canadian Commercial Corporation
  • 8.70.2: Compliance with the Integrity Provisions
  • 8.70.5: Amending Contracts
  • 8.13: Annex: Letter Templates for Integrity
  • Supply Manual Glossary (revised)

Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions (SACC) Manual

The Integrity Provisions section of all of the standard instructions, general instructions and general conditions are updated in their entirety to reflect the above policy changes.

See Affected SACC Manual sections below for a complete list of the modified clauses.

Standard Procurement Templates

All five standard procurement templates are impacted by revisions to the PWGSC Integrity Regime. Consequently, Part 5 “Certifications” of all templates is revised, as well as Part 1, 2, and 7 of the HC, MC and Simple templates and Part 6A and 6B of the RFSA template.

Contact

Inquiries regarding the new Integrity Regime and Ineligibility and Suspension Policy may be sent to the Department Oversight Branch at the following email address: PWGSC.O.integrity-TPSGC.O.integrite@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca or by calling 1-844-705-2084.

Inquiries regarding the application of the Integrity Provisions and Supply Manual related questions may be sent to the Policy, Risk, Integrity and Strategic Management Sector (PRISMS) at the following e-mail address: DGAIntegrite.ABIntegrity@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Questions regarding the SACC Manual or the standard procurement templates may be sent to Procurement Policy and Tools Division by e-mail at: Outilsd'approvisionnement.ProcurementTools@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Affected SACC Manual sections