9.40.40. Legal status of Indigenous business

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.

The description of a business as an Indigenous business does not affect the fact that in order to create an enforceable contract with Canada, the contract must be signed between Canada and a legal entity, which has the capacity to contract. In the event any uncertainty exists concerning the legal status of an Indigenous business, contracting officers must consult with legal counsel to ensure that the proposed contractor is capable of signing an enforceable agreement.