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Public Services and Procurement Canada Advance Contract Award Notice Time Limit

  1. Although ACANs are posted for a minimum of 15 calendar days on GETS, the contracting officer should consider a longer posting period based on the individual circumstances for each procurement. In determining the ACAN time limit, contracting officers must consider the complexity associated with the procurement.
  2. Furthermore, while for reasons of timeliness and efficiency, contracting officers may enter into negotiations with the pre-identified supplier before the closing of the ACAN posting period, care should be exercised to ensure that any such negotiations do not put the pre-identified supplier at an advantage should a successful challenge take place before contract award. In addition, the pre-identified supplier must be cautioned not to commence any work or incur any costs before contract award.