9.40.45. Certification by suppliers
- For each procurement under the PSIB, suppliers will be required to provide, with their bid/offer/arrangement, a certification stating that they meet the definition of an Indigenous business, according to the definition provided, on the date that the bid/offer/arrangement was submitted, and an undertaking that the business will continue to meet this definition throughout the life of the contract.
- For a procurement subject to a PSIB set-aside, the contracting officer must insert in the solicitation, the Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions (SACC) Manual clauses A3000T, M9030T or S3035T, and A3001T, M3030T or S3036T, as appropriate. These clauses reference Annex 9.4: Requirements for the Set-aside Program for Indigenous Business, which sets out the definitions of an "Indigenous business" and an "Indigenous person".
- SACC Manual clauses A3000T, M9030T and S3035T contain a certification that suppliers must complete and submit with their bid/offer/arrangement. Failure by suppliers to submit this completed certification form with their bids/offers/arrangements will render the bid/offer/arrangement non-responsive.
- It is not the responsibility of the contracting officer to verify the supplier's certifications. In instances where the contracting officer questions the validity of a certification, the particulars must be referred to the Business Development Directorate, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), for audit by third party auditors. (See 9.40.50(e).)
- Any resulting contract awarded on the basis of the supplier being Indigenous must include SACC Manual clause A3000C.