Accessibility Procurement Pilot: Call for Proposals (CFP) (24062-180181/B)

Tender Notice


Publishing status
Days to closing
2 weeks 3 hours hence


Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2018/01/31 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)


Reference number
Solicitation number
Region of opportunity
Region of delivery
National Capital Region
Notice type
Request for Proposal (RFP)
Trade agreement
  • Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
  • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • World Trade Organization-Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP)
  • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
  • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
  • Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
  • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
  • Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
Tendering procedure
Procurement entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada
End user entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada

Contact Information

Contact name
Wilson, Heather
Contact email
Contact phone
Contact address
11 Laurier Street
Gatineau  QC
K1A 0S5

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January 15, 2018 – Amendment

Amendment 001 is raised to make amendments to the Call for Proposals solicitation document and to answer questions posed by suppliers.


Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), also known as, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), is issuing a Call for Proposals (CFP) on behalf of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC).

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) have separate challenge-based requirements for existing or developmental but not proprietary open source software solutions (Solution) to address the long standing barrier of accessibility in support of:

  1. the Open by Default Pilot portal
  2. job seekers searching for and applying to federal government jobs

“Developmental” means, open source software to be developed under the resulting Contract.


More specifically, Canada is looking to work more closely with leading innovators in Canada and abroad to help address accessibility challenges relating to:

  1. documents on the Open by Default Pilot portal, which is housed on the open government website, (“Open Government website”) as described in Annex A of the CFP.
  2. searching for and applying to federal government jobs as described in Annex B of the CFP.


This CFP process involves a three-stage procurement process.

  1. Stage 1: Proposal Submission, Evaluation and Selection for Phase 1
  2. Stage 2: Contracting Process for Phase 1
  3. Stage 3: Selection and Contracting Process for Phases 2 and 3

Stage 1

The objective of Stage 1 is to:

  • solicit, evaluate and rank the responsive proposals based on their technical score resulting from this CFP
  • recommend issuance of a contract to up to three of the top-ranked responsive proposals

Stage 2

The objective of Stage 2 is to:

  • issue contracts to up to three of the top-ranked responsive proposals for each challenge
  • complete the Work under Phase 1 of the resulting contract

Stage 3

The objective of Stage 3 is to:

  • evaluate the deliverables provided under Phase 1
  • select contractor(s) to move on to Phases 2 and 3

The selection of proposal(s) for contracting does not constitute a guarantee on the part of Canada that a contract will be awarded.


The mandatory and point rated evaluation criteria are included in Attachment 3 of the CFP for Stage 1. The point rated criteria for Stage 3 are included in Annex D of the CFP.


French and English language bidders’ webinars will be held on January 9, 2018. 

  1. The French bidders’ webinar will be held from 11h00 to 12h00 EST
  2. The English bidders’ webinar will be held from 13h30 to 14h30 EST

The scope of the requirement outlined in this CFP solicitation will be reviewed during the webinar and questions will be answered. It is recommended that Bidders who intend to submit a proposal participate. Bidders who do not attend will not be precluded from submitting a proposal.

Bidders are requested to register by emailing the following information to Contracting Authority at no later than January 8, 2018 at 14h00 EST.

  • Bidder’s name (Organization)
  • Bidder’s contact email address
  • Any questions the Bidder would like to be addressed at the Webinar regarding the requirement.


All enquiries must be submitted in writing to the Contracting Authority no later than 10 calendar days before the CFP closing date.

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Solicitation Documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
cfp_no_24062-180181b.pdf000English- 2017-12-21
no_de_lap_24062-180181b.pdf000French- 2017-12-21
ap_modification_001_v1.pdf001French- 2018-01-15
cfp_amendment_001_v1.pdf001English- 2018-01-15


FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
appendix_2_to_annex_a_-_gc_open_by_default_en.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2017-12-21
attachment_2_-_proposal_submission_form.docxNot availableEnglish- 2017-12-21
cfp_documents_in_alternate_formats.zipNot availableEnglish- 2017-12-21
format_alternatifs_de_documents_de_l_ap.zipNot availableFrench- 2017-12-21
l_appendice_2_de_l_annexe_a_-_gc_ouvert_par_defaut_fr.pdfNot availableFrench- 2017-12-21
piece_joint_2_-_formulaire_de_presentation_dune_proposition.docxNot availableFrench- 2017-12-21
amendment_001_in_alternate_formats_v1.0.zipNot availableEnglish- 2018-01-15
formats_alternatifs_de_la_modification_001_v1.0.zipNot availableFrench- 2018-01-15

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