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9.40.35. Sourcing of Requirements under Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB) Set-asides

  1. Procurements set aside under PSAB may be competitive or non-competitive according to current established government sourcing policies (see details on competitive and non-competitive at 3.10 Competitive Contracting Process and 3.15 Non-competitive Contracting Process.) Aboriginal businesses may be invited to submit a bid/offer/arrangement in accordance with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) policies and procedures.
  2. Vendor Information Management (VIM) of PWGSC and "SELECT" systems allow for the identification of suppliers that have self-declared as being Aboriginal. The information in VIM and "SELECT" collected from supplier registrations and contract awards is useful to identify potential Aboriginal businesses for sourcing purposes, and establish source lists, regardless of commodity (goods, services, or construction), which would be subject to rotation regimes such as Automated Vendor Rotation System or "SELECT".
  3. When issuing a solicitation for a standing offer or a supply arrangement especially for a commodity falling under the mandatory commodities, the contracting officer should always, when feasible, solicit for a PSAB set-aside stream to allow client departments the possibility of contracting with Aboriginal firms if they wish to do a set-aside procurement under PSAB.
  4. When creating a standing offer or supply arrangement which will include both a source list for Aboriginal set-asides as well as a general source list, the solicitation should clearly indicate that Aboriginal suppliers who qualify for the Aboriginal source list, standing offer or supply arrangement will be automatically placed on the general source list, standing offer or supply arrangement if the procurement requirements are identical. Therefore, in the case of identical requirements, it is not necessary for Aboriginal suppliers to submit two separate bids/offers/arrangements.
  5. Contracting officers may also access other sources, such as Industry Canada's Aboriginal Business Directory for more information on Aboriginal suppliers and to identify potential Aboriginal businesses which may be invited to submit a bid/offer/arrangement. Contracting officers may also contact Aboriginal Procurement and Business Promotion Directorate, AANDC, directly by telephone at 1-800-400-7677, or by e-mail at: saea-psab@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca.
  6. When bids/offers/arrangements are solicited via the Government Electronic Tendering Service, notices (Notice of Proposed Procurement [NPP] or Advanced Contract Award Notice [ACAN]) must contain one of the following statement, prominently positioned, i.e., one of the first statements in the notice:
    "This procurement has been set aside under the federal government's Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB). In order to be considered, a supplier must certify that it qualifies as an Aboriginal business as defined under PSAB and that it will comply with all requirements of PSAB." (NPP);
    OR
    "This procurement has been set-aside under the federal government's Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB). Only Aboriginal businesses as defined under PSAB are eligible to challenge the proposed procurement strategy to award the contract to the named Aboriginal business." (ACAN)
  7. Contracting officers must ensure that for notices on GETS, the appropriate "Agreement Type" is selected for PSAB set-asides. For example, ABE users must indicate "Set-Aside Program for Aboriginal Business (SPAB)" in the "Trade Agreement" box of the Notice of Proposed Procurement.