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Public Works and Government Services Canada Code of Conduct for Procurement 01 Procurement Business Number 02 Standard Instructions, Clauses and Conditions 03 Definition of Bidder 04 Submission of a Bid 05 Legal Capacity 06 Vendor Performance 07 Price Justification 08 Bid Costs 09 Joint Venture 10 Further Information Code of Conduct for Procurement To comply with the Code of Conduct for Procurement, bidders must respond to bid solicitations in an honest, fair and comprehensive manner, accurately reflect their capacity to satisfy the requirements stipulated in the bid solicitation and resulting contract, submit bids and enter into contracts only if they will fulfill all obligations of the contract. To ensure fairness, openness and transparency in the bidding process, payment of a contingency fee by any party to a contract to a person to whom the Lobbying Act (1985, c. 44 (4th Supp.)) applies is prohibited. By submitting a bid, the Bidder certifies that it meets the above requirements. Bidders further understand that the commission of certain offences may render them ineligible to be awarded a contract. By submitting a bid, the Bidder declares that it has never been convicted of offence under Section 121 (Frauds on the government and Contractor subscribing to election fund), Section 124 (Selling or Purchasing Office), Section 380 (Fraud committed against Her Majesty) or Section 418 (Selling defective stores to Her Majesty) of the Criminal Code of Canada, or under paragraph 80(1)(d) (False entry, certificate or return) subsection 80(2) (Fraud against Her Majesty) or Section 154.01 (Fraud against Her Majesty) of the Financial Administration Act. 01 Procurement Business Number Canadian suppliers are required to have a Procurement Business Number (PBN) before contract award. Suppliers may register for a PBN in the Supplier Registration Information system, on the Contracts Canada Web site. For non-Internet registration, suppliers may contact the nearest Supplier Registration Agent. 02 Standard Instructions, Clauses and Conditions Pursuant to the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (S.C. 1996, c.16), the instructions, clauses and conditions identified in the bid solicitation and resulting contract by number, date, and title are incorporated by reference into and form part of the bid solicitation and resulting contract as though expressly set out in the bid solicitation and resulting contract. 03 Definition of Bidder "Bidder" means the person or entity (or, in the case of a joint venture, the persons or entities) submitting a bid to perform a contract for goods, services or both. It does not include the parent, subsidiaries or other affiliates of the Bidder, or its subcontractors. 04 Submission of a Bid 1. Canada requires that each bid, at closing date and time or upon request from the Contracting Authority, be signed by the Bidder or by an authorized representative of the Bidder. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture, it must be in accordance with section 09. 2. The bid will be treated as confidential, subject to the provisions of the Access to Information Act (R.S., 1985, c. A-1) and the Privacy Act (R.S., 1985, c. P-21). 05 Legal Capacity The Bidder must have the legal capacity to contract. If the Bidder is a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a corporate body, the Bidder must provide, if requested by the Contracting Authority, a statement and any requested supporting documentation indicating the laws under which it is registered or incorporated together with the registered or corporate name and place of business. This also applies to bidders submitting a bid as a joint venture. 06 Vendor Performance 1. Canada may reject a bid where any of the following circumstances is present: (a) the Bidder, or any employee or subcontractor included as part of the bid, has been convicted under Section 121 (Frauds on the government & Contractor subscribing to election fund), Section 124 (Selling or purchasing office), Section 380 ( Fraud committed against Her Majesty) or Section 418 (Selling defective stores to Her Majesty) of the Criminal Code under paragraph 80(1)(d) (False entry, certificate or return) subsection 80(2) (Fraud against Her Majesty) or Section 154.01 (Fraud against Her Majesty) of the Financial Administration Act. (b) the Bidder is subject to a Vendor Performance Corrective Measure, under the Vendor Performance Policy, which renders the Bidder ineligible to bid on the requirement; (c) an employee, or subcontractor included as part of the bid, is subject to a Vendor Performance Corrective Measure, under the Vendor Performance Policy, which would render that employee or subcontractor ineligible to bid on the requirement, or the portion of the requirement the employee or subcontractor is to perform; (d) with respect to current or prior transactions with the Government of Canada (i) the Bidder is bankrupt or where, for whatever reason, its activities are rendered inoperable for an extended period; (ii) evidence, satisfactory to Canada, of fraud, bribery, fraudulent misrepresentation or failure to comply with any law protecting individuals against any manner of discrimination, has been received with respect to the Bidder, any of its employees or any subcontractor included as part of the bid; (iii) Canada has exercised its contractual remedies of suspension or termination for default with respect to a contract with the Bidder, any of its employees or any subcontractor included as part of the bid; (iv) Canada determines that the Bidder's performance on other contracts, including the efficiency and workmanship as well as the extent to which the Bidder performed the Work in accordance with contractual clauses and conditions, is sufficiently poor to jeopardize the successful completion of the requirement being bid on. 2. Where Canada intends to reject a bid pursuant to a provision of subsection 1, other than 1.(b), the Contracting Authority will so inform the Bidder and provide the Bidder ten (10) days within which to make representations, before making a final decision on the bid rejection. 07 Price Justification The Bidder must provide, on Canada's request, one or more of the following price justification: (a) a current published price list indicating the percentage discount available to Canada; or (b) a copy of paid invoices for the like quality and quantity of the goods, services or both sold to other customers; or (c) a price breakdown showing the cost of direct labour, direct materials, purchased items, engineering and plant overheads, general and administrative overhead, transportation, etc., and profit; or (d) price or rate certifications; or (e) any other supporting documentation as requested by Canada. 08 Bid Costs No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a bid in response to the bid solicitation. Costs associated with preparing and submitting a bid are the sole responsibility of the Bidder. 09 Joint Venture 1. A joint venture is an association of two or more parties who combine their money, property, knowledge, expertise or other resources in a single joint business enterprise, sometimes referred as a consortium, to bid together on a requirement. Bidders who bid as a joint venture must indicate clearly that it is a joint venture and provide the following information: (a) the name of each member of the joint venture; (b) the Procurement Business Number of each member of the joint venture; (c) the name of the representative of the joint venture, i.e. the member chosen by the other members to act on their behalf, if applicable; (d) the name of the joint venture, if applicable. 2. If the information is not clearly provided in the bid, the Bidder must provide the information on request from the Contracting Authority. 3. The bid and any resulting contract must be signed by all the members of the joint venture unless one member has been appointed to act on behalf of all members of the joint venture. The Contracting Authority may, at any time, require each member of the joint venture to confirm that the representative has been appointed with full authority to act as its representative for the purposes of the bid solicitation and any resulting contract. If a contract is awarded to a joint venture, all members of the joint venture will be jointly and severally or solidarily liable for the performance of any resulting contract. 10 Further Information For further information, the Bidder may contact the Contracting Authority identified in the bid solicitation.