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9.40.20. Subcontracting Plans

In support of PSAB, client departments may designate that a proportion of subcontracts on projects be reserved for Aboriginal business, or that suppliers are to be encouraged through the use of incentives - e.g., additional evaluation points to hire Aboriginal businesses as subcontractors. The inclusion of Aboriginal businesses as subcontractors must be clearly identified in the solicitation as an evaluation criterion. This is permitted for procurement set-asides and offsets under CETA and the WTO-AGP, although it is prohibited under NAFTA (see section 9.40.10).