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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Supplier Personnel

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Purpose

The purpose of Policy Notification (PN)-152R1 is to inform Government of Canada contracting authorities of the suspension of Public Works and Government Services Canada’s (PWGSC) COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Supplier Personnel (“the policy”).

This PN replaces PN-152U3 in its entirety.

Effective date

This Policy Notification is in effect as of June 20, 2022.

Background

On June 14, 2022, the Government of Canada announced the suspension of mandatory vaccination for federal employees effective June 20, 2022. In alignment with this measure, the Government of Canada has suspended the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Supplier Personnel. This means that as of June 20, 2022 and until further notice, the requirements of the policy is no longer in effect.

Suppliers may still be required to comply with site-specific workplace health and safety measures in federal workplaces that have been put in place by departments and agencies separately from the policy.

A notice to Federal Contractors informing them of the suspension of the policy was published on BuyandSell.gc.ca on June 17, 2022. The information contained in this Policy Notification will assist contracting authorities in managing affected solicitations and contracts.

Scope

The suspension of the policy applies to all new and existing Government of Canada solicitations and contracts, including call-ups, that included vaccination requirements.

Duration

The suspension is effective June 20, 2022 and until further notice.

Contracting authorities should note that the policy may be reinstated in the future in alignment with public health guidelines and the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Contracting authorities will receive further information and guidance should the policy be reinstated.

Implications of policy suspension

Existing contracts

Following the June 20, 2022 suspension of the policy, suppliers are no longer required to meet the vaccination requirements under previously submitted COVID-19 Vaccination Certifications or provide vaccinated personnel to the Government of Canada. Canada no longer requires suppliers to comply with any accommodation and mitigation measures previously approved under the policy for their personnel who were unable to get vaccinated.

There is no requirement to amend existing contracts.

Since the policy is no longer in effect, contracting authorities must not take any actions to enforce previously collected COVID-19 Vaccination Certifications.

New solicitations

As of June 20, 2022, when preparing solicitation documents and contracts for new requirements where supplier personnel will or might access Government of Canada workplaces where they may come into contact with public servants, contracting authorities are no longer required to include the following in solicitation documents:

However, until further notice, in such new solicitations and resulting contracts, contracting authorities must continue to incorporate SACC Manual clause 4013 - Compliance with on-site measures, standing orders, policies, and rules if SACC Manual clause 2035: General Conditions - Higher Complexity – Services2040: General Conditions - Research and Development or equivalent language is not already being used. Where a ‘Suspension of the work’ clause is not otherwise included, contracting authorities must also include SACC Manual clause 4014: Suspension of the work.

Active solicitations

For active solicitations closing on or after June 20, 2022 which were previously subject to the policy, contracting authorities must amend the solicitation documents to remove the following clauses. This may require providing bidders with additional time in order to submit their bids:

If for any reason it is not possible to amend an active solicitation to remove the above clauses, bidders would be obliged to still submit a COVID-19 Vaccination Certification along with their bid. Otherwise, their bid would be considered non-responsive, despite the suspension of the policy.

For procurements that are in the bid evaluation stage that included a vaccination requirement in the solicitation, contracting authorities should continue the evaluation as planned.

Supply Arrangements

As of June 20, 2022, contracting authorities are no longer required to include SACC Manual clause S3037T: Applicability of COVID-19 vaccination requirements to individual solicitations in Requests for Supply Arrangements (RFSAs) that are new or are in the process of being refreshed.

Active RFSAs that already include S3037T: Applicability of COVID-19 vaccination requirements to individual solicitations should be amended to remove this clause.

For new individual solicitations under Supply Arrangements (SAs) with COVID-19 vaccination requirements, or for individual solicitations under SAs with COVID-19 vaccination requirements that are in the process of being competed, contracting authorities should follow the process for new solicitations or active solicitations, as applicable.

Standing Offers

As of June 20, 2022 and until further notice, contracting authorities are no longer required to incorporate the following clauses in new Requests for Standing Offers (RFSOs) or in RFSOs that are in the process of being refreshed:

Active RFSOs that already include the above COVID-19 vaccination requirements should be amended to remove these clauses.

For new call-ups under existing SOs, no action is required and as of June 20, 2022, Canada no longer requires a COVID-19 Vaccination Certification at the call-up stage.

Bidders’ conferences and site visits

As of June 20, 2022 and until further notice, bidders’ conferences or site visits occurring at Government of Canada workplaces are no longer subject to vaccination requirements. Contracting authorities should only use the versions of A9038T: Optional site visit, A9040T: Mandatory site visit, A9083T: Bidders' conference, M9083T: Offerors' conference, or S0026T: Suppliers' conference that do not include a vaccination requirement.

Exceptional site-specific requirements

Some federal workplaces may continue to have policies in place that impose specific health and safety measures. Where contracting authorities are advised of the existence of such workplace policies by the responsible technical authority, the following applies:

Revisions to the Supply Manual

The Supply Manual has been revised in support of this PN. For more details, refer to the Affected Supply Manual sections listed below.

Revisions to the Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions Manual (SACC)

The SACC Manual has been revised in support of this PN. For more details, refer to the Affected SACC Manual sections listed below.

Revisions to the Standard Procurement Templates

The Standard Procurement TemplatesThe information is only accessible to federal government department and agency employees. have been revised on GCPedia.

Contact information

For further questions on this PN, contracting authorities may contact tpsgc.pacertificatsvaccins-apvaccinescertificates.pwgsc@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Questions regarding to the Supply Manual can be sent by email to: 

tpsgc.paspspublications-apspspublications.pwgsc@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Questions regarding the SACC Manual and Standard Procurement Templates can be sent by email to: tpsgc.outilsdapprovisionnement-procurementtools.pwgsc@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.