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GI01 (2015-07-03) Integrity Provisions - Bid

  1. Interpretation
    For the purposes of these Integrity Provisions, the following definitions apply:
    "Administrative Agreement"
    is a negotiated agreement between a supplier/potential supplier and the Minister of PWGS as provided for in the Ineligibility and Suspension Policy.
    "Affiliate"
    is a person, including, but not limited to, organizations, bodies corporate, societies, companies, firms, partnerships, associations of persons, parent companies or subsidiaries, whether partly or wholly-owned, as well as individuals, directors, officers and key employees if:
    1. one controls or has the power to control the other, or
    2. a third party has the power to control both.
    "Control"
    means
    1. direct control, such as where:
      1. a person controls a body corporate if securities of the body corporate to which are attached more than 50 percent of the votes that may be cast to elect directors of the body corporate are beneficially owned by the person and the votes attached to those securities are sufficient, if exercised, to elect a majority of the directors of the body corporate;
      2. a person controls a corporation that is organized on a cooperative basis if the person and all of the entities controlled by the person have the right to exercise more than 50 percent of the votes that may be cast at an annual meeting or to elect the majority of the directors of the corporation;
      3. a person controls an unincorporated entity, other than a limited partnership, if more than 50 percent of the ownership interests, however designated, into which the entity is divided are beneficially owned by that person and the person is able to direct the business and affairs of the entity;
      4. the general partner of a limited partnership controls the limited partnership; and
      5. a person controls an entity if the person has any direct or indirect influence that, if exercised, would result in control in fact of the entity.
    2. deemed control, such as where:
      a person who controls an entity is deemed to control any entity that is controlled, or deemed to be controlled, by the entity
    3. indirect control, such as where:
      a person is deemed to control, within the meaning of paragraph (a) or (b), an entity where the aggregate of
      1. any securities of the entity that are beneficially owned by that person, and
      2. any securities of the entity that are beneficially owned by any entity controlled by that person
      is such that, if that person and all of the entities referred to in paragraph (c)(ii) that beneficially own securities of the entity were one person, that person would control the entity.
    "Ineligibility"
    means not eligible for contract award.
    "Suspension"
    means a determination of temporary ineligibility by the Minister of PWGS.
  2. Statement
    1. Bidders must comply with the Code of Conduct for Procurement and be eligible for contract award under the Ineligibility and Suspension Policy. In addition, Bidders must respond to bid solicitations in an honest, fair and comprehensive manner, and that accurately reflect their capacity to satisfy the requirements stipulated in the bid solicitations and resulting contracts, and submit bids as well as enter into contracts only if they will fulfill all obligations of the Contract.
    2. By submitting a bid, bidders confirm that they understand that being convicted of certain offences will render them ineligible to be awarded a contract. Canada will declare non-responsive any bid in respect of which the information requested is incomplete or inaccurate, or in respect of which the information contained in the certifications is found by Canada to be untrue in any respect, at the time of contract award. If it is determined by the Minister of PWGS, after contract award, that the Bidder made a false declaration, Canada will, following a notice period, have the right to terminate the Contract for default.
  3. List of Names
    1. Bidders who are incorporated, including those bidding as a joint venture, must provide a complete list of names of all individuals who are currently directors of the Bidder. Bidders bidding as sole proprietorship, as well as those bidding as a joint venture, must provide the name of the owner(s). Bidders bidding as societies, firms, or partnerships do not need to provide lists of names.
    2. If the required list of names has not been received by the time the evaluation of bids is completed, Canada will inform the Bidder of a time frame within which to provide the information. Failure to provide the names within the time frame specified will render the bid non-responsive. Providing the required names is a mandatory requirement for contract award.
    3. The Bidder must immediately inform Canada in writing of any changes affecting the list of names of directors during this procurement process.
  4. Request for Additional Information
    By submitting a bid, the Bidder certifies that it is aware, and that its Affiliates are aware, that Canada may request additional information, certifications, validations from a third party qualified by the Minister of PWGS, and other evidentiary elements proving identity or eligibility to contract with Canada. Canada may also verify the information provided by the Bidder, including the information relating to convictions for certain offences and any conditional or absolute discharges specified in these Integrity Provisions.
  5. Lobbying Act
    By submitting a bid, the Bidder certifies that neither it nor any of its Affiliates have directly or indirectly, paid or agreed to pay, and will not, directly or indirectly, pay a contingency fee to any individual for the solicitation, negotiation or obtaining of the Contract if the payment of the fee would require the individual to file a return under section 5 of the Lobbying Act.
  6. Canadian Offences Resulting in Legal Incapacity
    By submitting a bid, the Bidder certifies that:
    1. it and the Affiliates of the Bidder have not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to an offence under any of the following provisions which would result in a legal incapacity under section 750(3) of the Criminal Code and for which they have not been pardoned or received a record of discharge under the Canadian Pardons subsection:
      1. 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, or
      2. section 121 (Frauds on the government and Contractor subscribing to election fund), section 124 (Selling or Purchasing Office), section 380 (Fraud) for fraud committed against Her Majesty or section 418 (Selling defective stores to Her Majesty) of the Criminal Code, or
    2. the Bidder has not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to the offences described in paragraph (a) and certifies that it has not directed, influenced, authorized, assented to, acquiesced in or participated in the commission or omission of the acts or offences that would render that Affiliate ineligible to be awarded a contract as described in (a).
  7. Canadian Offences
    By submitting a bid, the Bidder certifies that:
    1. the Bidder and the Affiliates of the Bidder have not, in the last three years, from the bid submission date, been convicted of or pleaded guilty to an offence under any of the following provisions for which they would be ineligible for contract award under these Integrity Provisions and for which they have not been pardoned or received a record of discharge under the Canadian Pardons subsection:
      1. section 119 (Bribery of judicial officers, etc), section 120 (Bribery of officers), section 346 (Extortion), sections 366 to 368 (Forgery and other offences resembling forgery), section 382 (Fraudulent manipulation of stock exchange transactions), section 382.1 (Prohibited insider trading), section 397 (Falsification of books and documents), section 422 (Criminal breach of contract), section 426 (Secret commissions), section 462.31 (Laundering proceeds of crime) or sections 467.11 to 467.13 (Participation in activities of criminal organization) of the Criminal Code, or
      2. section 45 (Conspiracies, agreements or arrangements between competitors), section 46 (Foreign directives), section 47 (Bid rigging), section 49 (Agreements or arrangements of federal financial institutions), section 52 (False or misleading representation), section 53 (Deceptive notice of winning a prize) of the Competition Act, or
      3. section 239 (False or deceptive statements) of the Income Tax Act, or
      4. section 327 (False or deceptive statements) of the Excise Tax Act,or
      5. section 3 (Bribing a foreign public official), section 4 (Accounting), or section 5 (Offence committed outside Canada) of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, or
      6. section 5 (Trafficking in substance), section 6 (Importing and exporting), or section 7 (Production of substance) of the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act; or
    2. the Bidder has not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to the offences described in paragraph (a) and it has not directed, influenced, authorized, assented to, acquiesced in or participated in the commission or omission of the acts or offences that would render that Affiliate ineligible for contract award as described in (a).
  8. Foreign Offences
    By submitting a bid, the Bidder certifies that:
    1. the Bidder and its Affiliates have not, in the last three years, from the bid submission date, been convicted of or pleaded guilty to an offence in a jurisdiction other than Canada that would, in Canada's opinion, be similar to an offence referenced in the Canadian Offences Resulting in Legal Incapacity and the Canadian Offences subsections, and for which it would be ineligible for contract award under these Integrity Provisions and for which they have not been pardoned under the Foreign Pardons subsection and:
      1. the court, before which the Bidder or its Affiliate appeared, acted within the court's jurisdiction;
      2. the Bidder or its Affiliate appeared during the court's proceedings or submitted to the court's jurisdiction;
      3. the court's decision was not obtained by fraud, and
      4. the Bidder or its Affiliate was entitled to present to the court every defence that the Bidder or its Affiliate would have been entitled to present had the proceeding been tried in Canada; or
    2. it has not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to the offences described in paragraph (a) and certifies that it has not directed, influenced, authorized, assented to, acquiesced in or participated in the commission or omission of the acts or offences that would render that Affiliate ineligible to be awarded a contract as described in (a).
  9. Ineligibility for Contract Award
    1. The Bidder confirms that it understands that where it or any of its Affiliates have been convicted of certain offences or have been held responsible of certain acts, as described under the Canadian Offences Resulting in Legal Incapacity, the Canadian Offences, the Foreign Offences and the Lobbying Act subsections, the Bidder or its Affiliate is ineligible to be awarded a contract, subject to a Public Interest Exception.
    2. The Bidder confirms that it understands that it is ineligible for contract award where it has been so determined by the Minister of PWGS under the Ineligibility and Suspension Policy and that the period of ineligibility or suspension has not expired.
  10. Declaration of Convicted Offences
    Where a Bidder or its Affiliate is unable to certify that it has not been convicted of any of the offences referenced under the Canadian Offences Resulting in Legal Incapacity, the Canadian Offences and the Foreign Offences subsections, the Bidder must provide with its bid the completed Declaration Form, to be given further consideration in the procurement process.
  11. Period of Ineligibility
    The following rules determine the period for which a Bidder or its Affiliate that has been convicted of certain offences is, ineligible to be awarded a contract:
    1. for all offences referenced under the Canadian Offences Resulting in Legal Incapacity subsection for which a Bidder or an Affiliate of the Bidder has pleaded guilty to or has been convicted of, the period of ineligibility to be awarded a contract is indefinite, subject to the Canadian Pardons subsection.
    2. subject to an Administrative Agreement, for all offences referenced under the Canadian Offences and Foreign Offences subsections for which a Bidder or an Affiliate of the Bidder has pleaded guilty to or been convicted of, as the case may be, in the last three years, from the bid submission date, the period of ineligibility for contract award is ten years from the date of determination by the Minister of PWGS, subject to the Canadian Pardons and Foreign Pardons subsections.
    3. subject to an Administrative Agreement, for violations of matters referenced in the Lobbying Act subsection for which a Bidder or an Affiliate of the Bidder has been found responsible, as the case may be, in the last three years, from the bid submission date, the period of ineligibility for contract award is ten years from the date of determination by the Minister of PWGS, subject to the Canadian Pardons and Foreign Pardons subsections.
  12. Canadian Pardons
    A determination of ineligibility for contract award will not be made or maintained by the Minister of PWGS under these Integrity Provisions, in respect of an offence or act that gave rise or that could give rise to a determination of ineligibility, if the Bidder or its Affiliate has:
    1. been granted an absolute discharge in respect of the offence, or has been granted a conditional discharge in respect of the offence and those conditions have been satisfied;
    2. been granted a pardon under Her Majesty's royal prerogative of mercy;
    3. been granted a pardon under section 748 of the Criminal Code;
    4. received a record of suspension ordered under the Criminal Records Act; and
    5. been granted a pardon under the Criminal Records Act, as that Act read immediately before the day section 165 of the Safe Streets and Communities Act comes into force.
  13. Foreign Pardons
    A determination of ineligibility for entering into government contracts will not be made or maintained, as the case may be, by the Minister of PWGS in respect of matters referenced in the Foreign Offences subsection and with respect to an offence or act that gave rise or will give rise to a determination of ineligibility, if the Bidder or its Affiliate, has at any time, benefited from foreign measures that are similar to Canadian pardons, conditional discharges, absolute discharges, record suspensions, or restoration of legal capacities by the Governor in Council.
  14. Suspension of Period of Ineligibility
    The Bidder confirms that it understands that a determination of ineligibility for entering into government contracts made under these Integrity Provisions may be suspended by the Minister of PWGS through an Administrative Agreement, to the extent that it is permissible in law. The period of ineligibility applicable to that Bidder or its Affiliate and the right to participate in a given procurement process are guided by the terms and conditions of the Administrative Agreement. Subject to the Public Interest Exception, an Administrative Agreement may only abridge or suspend a period of ineligibility on solicitations issued after it has been concluded.
  15. Period of Ineligibility for Providing False or Misleading Information
    The Bidder confirms that it understands that where it has made a false declaration or provided false or misleading information under these Integrity Provisions, the Minister of PWGS will declare a Bidder to be ineligible to be awarded contracts for a period of ten years. The period of ineligibility is effective from the date of determination by the Minister of PWGS.
  16. Period of Ineligibility for Breaching Administrative Agreements
    The Bidder confirms that it understands that where it has concluded an Administrative Agreement and that it has breached any of its terms and conditions, the Minister of PWGS will lengthen the period of ineligibility for a period to be determined by the Minister of PWGS.
  17. Suspension of a Bidder
    The Bidder confirms that it understands that the Minister of PWGS may suspend a Bidder from being awarded a contract for a period of up to 18 months, subject to renewal, pending completion of the criminal proceeding, if the Bidder has been charged with any of the offences listed in the Canadian Offences Resulting in Legal Incapacity, the Canadian Offences and the Foreign Offences subsections or if the Bidder has admitted to being guilty of any of these offences. The period of suspension is effective from the date of determination by the Minister of PWGS. A period of suspension does not abridge or suspend all other periods of ineligibility that may be imposed on a Bidder by the Minister of PWGS.
  18. Third Party Validation
    The Bidder confirms that it understands that where it or any of the Bidder's Affiliates has been subject to a period of ineligibility to be awarded contracts, for which the Canadian Pardons and the Foreign Pardons subsections do not apply, the Bidder must provide by bid closing date, a confirmation from an independent third party, recognized in advance by the Minister of PWGS, confirming that measures have been put in place in order to avoid the reoccurrence of such wrongdoings that led to the convictions. Failure to provide the said confirmation from an independent third party renders this bid non-responsive.
  19. Subcontractors
    The Bidder must ensure that contracts with first tier subcontractors include Integrity Provisions similar to those imposed in the resulting contract.
  20. Public Interest Exception
    The Bidder confirms that it understands:
    1. that, with the exception of a legal incapacity to contract resulting from section 750(3) of the Criminal Code, Canada may enter in a contract with a Bidder, or any of its Affiliates, which have been convicted of or have pleaded guilty to any of the offences referenced in the Canadian Offences and Foreign Offences subsections, where Canada considers it necessary to the public interest for reasons which include, but are not limited to:
      1. the need is one of pressing emergency in which delay would be injurious to the public interest;
      2. the Bidder is the only person capable of performing the contract;
      3. the contract is essential to maintain sufficient emergency stocks in order to safeguard against possible shortages; and;
      4. not entering into the contract with the Bidder would have a significant adverse impact on the health, national security, safety, security or economic or financial well-being of the people of Canada or the functioning of any portion of the federal public administration;
    2. Canada may only enter into a contract with a Bidder under this subsection where the ineligible Bidder has concluded an Administrative Agreement with the Minister of PWGS, on such terms and conditions that are necessary to safeguard the integrity of the procurement process and can apply to any procurement. The Administrative Agreement need not be concluded in advance of the solicitation.

GI02 (2014-03-01) Completion of Bid

  1. The bid shall be
    1. submitted on the Bid and Acceptance Form;
    2. based on the Bid Documents listed in the Special Instructions to Bidders;
    3. correctly completed in all respects;
    4. signed by a duly authorized representative of the Bidder; and
    5. accompanied by any other document or documents specified elsewhere in the solicitation where it is stipulated that said documents are to accompany the bid.
  2. Subject to paragraph 6) of GI09, any alteration to the pre-printed or pre-typed sections of the Bid and Acceptance Form, or any condition or qualification placed upon the bid shall be cause for disqualification. Alterations, corrections, changes or erasures made to statements or figures entered on the Bid and Acceptance Form by the Bidder shall be initialed by the person or persons signing the bid. Alterations, corrections, changes or erasures that are not initialed shall be deemed void and without effect.
  3. Unless otherwise noted elsewhere in the Bid Documents, facsimile copies of bids are not acceptable.
  4. Canada will make available Notices of Proposed Procurement (NPP), bid solicitations and related documents for download through the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS). Canada is not responsible and will not assume any liabilities whatsoever for the information found on websites of third parties. In the event an NPP, bid solicitation or related documentation would be amended, Canada will not be sending notifications. Canada will post all amendments, including significant enquiries received and their replies, using GETS. It is the sole responsibility of the Bidder to regularly consult GETS for the most up-to-date information. Canada will not be liable for any oversight on the Bidder's part nor for notification services offered by a third party.

In order to confirm the authority of the person or persons signing the bid or to establish the legal capacity under which the Bidder proposes to enter into Contract, any Bidder who carries on business in other than its own personal name shall, if requested by Canada, provide satisfactory proof of

  1. such signing authority; and
  2. the legal capacity under which it carries on business;

prior to contract award. Proof of signing authority may be in the form of a certified copy of a resolution naming the signatory(ies) that is (are) authorized to sign this bid on behalf of the corporation or partnership. Proof of legal capacity may be in the form of a copy of the articles of incorporation or the registration of the business name of a sole proprietor or partnership.

GI04 (2015-02-25) Applicable Taxes

“Applicable Taxes” means the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and any provincial tax, by law, payable by Canada such as, the Quebec Sales Tax (QST) as of April 1, 2013.

GI05 (2015-02-25) Capital Development and Redevelopment Charges

For the purposes of GC1.8, of R2810D "Laws, Permits and Taxes", in the General Conditions of the Contract, only fees or charges directly related to the processing and issuing of building permits shall be included. The Bidder shall not include any monies in the bid amount for special municipal development, redevelopment or other fees or charges which a municipal authority may seek as a prerequisite to the issuance of building permits.

GI06 (2015-02-25) Listing of Subcontractors and Suppliers

Notwithstanding any list of Subcontractors that the Bidder may be required to submit as part of the bid, the Bidder shall, within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of a notice to do so, submit all information requested in the said notice including the names of Subcontractors and Suppliers for the part or parts of the Work listed. Failure to do so shall result in the disqualification of its bid.

GI07 (2014-03-01) Submission of Bid

  1. The Bid and Acceptance Form, duly completed, shall be enclosed and sealed in an envelope provided by the Bidder, and shall be addressed and submitted to the office designated on the Front Page "Invitation to Tender" for the receipt of bids. The bid must be received on or before the date and time set for solicitation closing.
  2. Unless otherwise specified in the Special Instructions to Bidders
    1. the bid shall be in Canadian currency;
    2. the requirement does not offer exchange rate fluctuation risk mitigation. Requests for exchange rate fluctuation risk mitigation will not be considered. All bids including such provision will render the bid non-responsive.
  3. Prior to submitting the bid, the Bidder shall ensure that the following information is clearly printed or typed on the face of the bid envelope:
    1. Solicitation Number;
    2. Name of Bidder;
    3. Return address; and
    4. Closing Date and Time.
  4. Timely and correct delivery of bids is the sole responsibility of the Bidder.

GI08 (2011-05-16) Revision of Bid

  1. A bid submitted in accordance with these instructions may be revised by letter or facsimile provided the revision is received at the office designated for the receipt of bids, on or before the date and time set for the closing of the solicitation. The letter or facsimile shall on the Bidder's letterhead or bear a signature that identifies the Bidder.
  2. A revision to a bid that includes unit prices must clearly identify the change(s) in the unit price(s) and the specific item(s) to which each change applies.
  3. A letter or facsimile submitted to confirm an earlier revision shall be clearly identified as a confirmation.
  4. Failure to comply with any of the above provisions shall result in the rejection of the non-compliant revision(s) only. The bid shall be evaluated based on the original bid submitted and all other compliant revision(s).

GI09 (2013-04-25) Rejection of Bid

  1. Canada may accept any bid, whether it is the lowest or not, or may reject any or all bids.
  2. Without limiting the generality of paragraph 1) of GI09, Canada may reject a bid if any of the following circumstances is present:
    1. the Bidder's bidding privileges are suspended or are in the process of being suspended;
    2. the bidding privileges of any employee or subcontractor included as part of the bid are suspended or are in the process of being suspended, which suspension or pending suspension would render that employee or subcontractor ineligible to bid on the Work, or the portion of the Work the employee or subcontractor is to perform;
    3. the Bidder is bankrupt, or where for whatever reason, its activities are rendered inoperable for an extended period;
    4. 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 its bid;
    5. evidence satisfactory to Canada that based on past conduct or behavior, the Bidder, a sub-contractor or a person who is to perform the Work is unsuitable or has conducted himself/herself improperly;
    6. with respect to current or prior transactions with Canada
      1. Canada has exercised, or intends to exercise, the contractual remedy of taking the work out of the contractor's hands with respect to a contract with the Bidder, any of its employees or any subcontractor included as part of its bid; or
      2. Canada determines that the Bidder's performance on other contracts is sufficiently poor to jeopardize the successful completion of the requirement being bid on.
  3. In assessing the Bidder's performance on other contracts pursuant to subparagraph 2.f. i & ii GI09, Canada may consider, but not be limited to, such matters as:
    1. the quality of workmanship in performing the Work;
    2. the timeliness of completion of the Work;
    3. the overall management of the Work and its effect on the level of effort demanded of the department and its representative; and
    4. the completeness and effectiveness of the Contractor's safety program during the performance of the Work.
  4. Without limiting the generality of paragraphs 1), 2) and 3) of GI09, Canada may reject any bid based on an unfavourable assessment of the
    1. adequacy of the bid price to permit the work to be carried out and, in the case of a bid providing prices per unit, whether each such price reasonably reflects the cost of performing the part of the work to which that price applies;
    2. Bidder's ability to provide the necessary management structure, skilled personnel, experience and equipment to perform competently the work under the Contract; and
    3. Bidder's performance on other contracts.
  5. When Canada intends to reject a bid pursuant to a provision of paragraphs 1), 2), 3) or 4) of GI09, other than subparagraph 2)(a) of GI09, the Contracting Authority will inform the Bidder and provide the Bidder ten (10) days within which to make representations, before making a final decision on the bid rejection.
  6. Canada may waive informalities and minor irregularities in bids received if Canada determines that the variation of the bid from the exact requirements set out in the Bid Documents can be corrected or waived without being prejudicial to other Bidders.

GI10 (2015-02-25) 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, as well as any costs incurred by the Bidder associated with the evaluation of the bid, are the sole responsibility of the Bidder.

GI11 (2015-02-25) Procurement Business Number

Bidders are required to have a Procurement Business Number (PBN) before contract award. Bidders may register for a PBN in the Supplier Registration Information system on the Contracts Canada Web site. For non-Internet registration, Bidders may contact the nearest Supplier Registration Agent.

GI12 (2013-04-25) Compliance with Applicable Laws

  1. By submission of a bid, the Bidder certifies that the Bidder has the legal capacity to enter into a contract and is in possession of all valid licences, permits, registrations, certificates, declarations, filings, or other authorizations necessary to comply with all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations applicable to the submission of the bid and entry into any ensuing contract for the performance of the work.
  2. For the purpose of validating the certification in paragraph 1) of GI12, a Bidder shall, if requested, provide a copy of every valid licence, permit, registration, certificate, declaration, filing or other authorization listed in the request, and shall provide such documentation within the time limit(s) set out in the request.
  3. Failure to comply with the requirements of paragraph 2) of GI12 shall result in disqualification of the bid.

GI13 (2015-02-25) Approval of Alternative Materials

When materials are specified by trade names or trademarks, or by manufacturers' or suppliers' names, the bid shall be based on use of the named materials. During the solicitation period, alternative materials may be considered provided full technical data is received in writing by the Contracting Officer at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the solicitation closing date. If the alternative materials are approved for the purposes of the bid, an addendum to the bid documents shall be issued.

GI14 (2010-01-11) Performance Evaluation

  1. Bidders shall take note that the performance of the Contractor during and upon completion of the work shall be evaluated by Canada. The evaluation shall be based on the quality of workmanship; timeliness of completion of the work; project management, contract management and management of health and safety. Should the Contractor's performance be considered unsatisfactory, the Contractor's bidding privileges on future work may be suspended indefinitely.
  2. The form PWGSC-TPSGC 2913, SELECT - Contractor Performance Evaluation Report Form, is used to record the performance.

GI15 (2011-05-16) Conflict of Interest - Unfair Advantage

  1. In order to protect the integrity of the procurement process, bidders are advised that Canada may reject a bid in the following circumstances:
    1. if the Bidder, any of its subcontractors, any of their respective employees or former employees was involved in any manner in the preparation of the bid solicitation or in any situation of conflict of interest or appearance of conflict of interest;
    2. if the Bidder, any of its subcontractors, any of their respective employees or former employees had access to information related to the bid solicitation that was not available to other bidders and that would, in Canada's opinion, give or appear to give the Bidder an unfair advantage.
  2. The experience acquired by a bidder who is providing or has provided the goods and services described in the bid solicitation (or similar goods or services) will not, in itself, be considered by Canada as conferring an unfair advantage or creating a conflict of interest. This bidder remains however subject to the criteria established above.
  3. Where Canada intends to reject a bid under this section, the Contracting Authority will inform the Bidder and provide the Bidder an opportunity to make representations before making a final decision. Bidders who are in doubt about a particular situation should contact the Contracting Authority before bid closing. By submitting a bid, the Bidder represents that it does not consider itself to be in conflict of interest nor to have an unfair advantage. The Bidder acknowledges that it is within Canada's sole discretion to determine whether a conflict of interest, unfair advantage or an appearance of conflict of interest or unfair advantage exists.