7.1.1. Appendix A: Regret Letter to Unsuccessful Bidders/Offerors/Suppliers - Responsive Bid/Offer/Arrangement

Attention! As the transition to CanadaBuys is ongoing, Supply Manual references to ABE are to be interpreted as a generic system reference only. Users of the SAP Ariba environment should adapt their activities accordingly.

Buyers are advised to consult the tools available on CanadaBuys for guidance and procedures on completing procurement transactions in the SAP Ariba environment.

Note to Contracting Officer: Because the evaluation methodology for different procurements varies, this letter will have to be tailored to the individual requirement. This letter has been drafted assuming that this bidder/offeror/supplier, although unsuccessful, its bid/offer/arrangement was declared responsive because it has met all mandatory requirements. Contracting officers should use the other sample regret letter in Appendix B 7.1.2: Regret Letter to Unsuccessful Bidders/Offerors/Suppliers - Non-responsive Bid/Offer/Arrangement if the bid/offer/arrangement was declared non-responsive.

________(insert date)

____________(insert department address)

Attention: ___________(insert name of addressee)

_____________(insert supplier's name and address)

Dear Mr./Mrs. ____________(insert the addressee's last name):

Subject: Solicitation No. ________

Thank you for your ____________(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement") submitted in response to our request for ____________(insert brief description of goods/services).

This is to inform you that a ___________(insert "contract" or "Standing Offer (SO)" or "Supply Arrangement (SA)") will not be ___________(insert "awarded" or "issued") to you for this requirement. A __________(insert "contract" or "SO" or "SA") has been ____________(insert "awarded" or "issued") to the successful __________(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement") submitted by ____________(insert name of successful bidder/offeror/supplier) in response to the above-noted solicitation. The price of the awarded _________(insert "contract" or "SO" or "SA") is $_________(insert value of awarded contract or issued SO or SA), excluding Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax, as applicable.

Although your _______(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement") was found to be responsive to the mandatory requirements of the solicitation, it did not achieve the highest-ranking under the evaluation methodology described in the solicitation.

For your information and to assist you in responding to future solicitations, you are informed that your _________(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement") was evaluated as follows in comparison to the successful ___________(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement"):

Appendix A - This table shows the point rating scored by the successful bidder and the letter recipient.
Comparison Technical Score Financial Score
Successful_______(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement")    
Your _______(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement")    

I would like to thank you for submitting your _________(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement") and your interest in being a supplier to the Government of Canada. Your participation is appreciated, and I hope that you will continue to bid on procurement opportunities offered by Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Should you require further information regarding the evaluation of your ___________(insert "bid" or "offer" or "arrangement"), please do not hesitate to contact me.

When one or more trade agreements apply to a procurement process, recourse is available to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), but there are only 10 working days to bring the complaint. When those 10 working days begins depends on whether you have objected to PWGSC and when it is clear that Canada will not be providing you with the relief you have requested. Please consult the CITT’s website for details at Procurement Inquiries. Complaints to the Tribunal can only be filed by suppliers of parties to the trade agreements that apply to the procurement. Where none of the trade agreements apply, recourse may be available to the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO), in which case the limitation period is normally 30 working days. More detailed information about the CITT, OPO and the limitation periods, as well as information about other venues that may be available for recourse, can be found on the Bid Challenge and Recourse Mechanisms page on the Buyandsell.gc.ca website.

_________________(insert name of contracting authority)
Contracting Authority

Telephone: _____-_____-______
E-mail: ________@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

cc: ________(insert any additional names of people who should receive a copy)