Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) (1000334911)

Tender Notice


Publishing status
Days to closing
3 years 3 months hence


Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2023/01/09 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)


Reference number
Solicitation number
Region of opportunity
Region of delivery
Notice type
Request for Supply Arrangement (RFSA)
Trade agreement
  • Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
  • 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
Canada Revenue Agency
End user entity
Canada Revenue Agency

Contact Information

Contact name
Imbeau, Chrystal
Contact email
Contact phone
Contact address
250 Albert
Ottawa  ON
K1A 0L5

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Solicitation No. 1000334911


The purpose of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is to provide tax credits on a timely basis to Canadian businesses that undertake SR&ED work in Canada as defined by the Income Tax Act. Tax credits are either non-refundable or refundable.

CRA is seeking to establish a supply arrangement to maintain a list of pre-qualified Consultants.

The CRA requires the services of qualified Consultants on an "as and when requested" basis, authorized through individual contracts, to provide technical expertise and advice:

a) on the eligibility of work claimed under the SR&ED program; or

b) on cases where a Notice of Objection (NOO), a formal objection of a notice of assessment, has been received.

The RFSA is not in itself a contract but rather, establishes the framework for entering into a contract, and includes a minimum set of terms and conditions which would apply to any resulting contract.

The Supplier agrees to provide to CRA, upon the terms and conditions set out in the RFSA, such services and deliverables as may be identified in individual contracts entered into from time to time between the CRA and Consultant’s pursuant to the provisions of this arrangement and at or below the rates established herein. 

The Supplier must demonstrate that each proposed Consultant has the minimum required hours, within the last 7 years, of professional hands-on experience for the scientific/technical field for which they are being proposed.

Minimum Required Hours of Experience are defined as follows:

a) One scientific/technical field of experience: minimum of 3,600 hours

b) More than one area of scientific/technical field of expertise: a minimum of 3,600 hours of experience per field, with a minimum total of 7,200 hours.

If the hours listed in any single field are less than 3,600 hours, those hours will not be considered for the purposes of determining total experience.

Suppliers can submit an arrangement for one or more scientific/technical fields, however the Consultant must meet all technical criteria within the scientific/technical field(s) for which they are submitting a arrangement.


Work required under any resulting contract will be performed at various CRA locations across Canada and at the Consultant’s site. Consultants may identify geographical areas of work when submitting their arrangement.


The following trade agreements apply to this procurement:

North American Free Trade Agreement

Agreement on Internal Trade

Canada Columbia Free Trade Agreement

Canada Peru Free Trade Agreement

Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement

Canada Panama Free Trade Agreement

Canada Honduras Free Trade Agreement

Canada Korea Free Trade Agreement

Canada Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

Canada Free Trade Agreement

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement


For requirements valued less than $25,000 (GST/HST included)

The CRA reserves the right to direct a contract based on the following:

  • scientific/technical field required
  • keyword search
  • Consultant’s case-specific experience
  • area of work
  • language of work
  • Consultant availability
  • best value to CRA
  • conflict of interest status

For requirements valued more than $25,000 (GST/HST included) but less than the current NAFTA threshold

Three (3) Suppliers will be solicited to compete for the work. Should three (3) Suppliers not be available, two (2) Suppliers will be solicited. The Suppliers will be selected based on the following:

  • scientific/technical field required
  • keyword search
  • Consultant’s case-specific experience
  • area of work
  • language of work
  • Consultant availability
  • conflict of interest status

Arrangments will be evaluated based on one or more of the following items that will be specified in the solicitation document:

  • Mandatory Criteria
  • Point Rated Criteria
  • Financial Criteria

For requirements valued higher than the current Trade Agreement thresholds

The work will be competed to all Suppliers listed in the required scientific/technical field. Suppliers will be chosen based on:

• scientific/technical field required

Arrangments will be evaluated based on one or more of the following items that will be specified in the solicitation document:

  • Mandatory Criteria
  • Point Rated Criteria
  • Financial Criteria

A Notice of Proposed Procurement (NPP) will be posted on the Government Electronic Tendering System (GETS) for 40 calendar days.


To ensure the integrity of this process, enquiries and all forms of communication regarding the solicitation must be directed, in writing, to the following person ONLY:


Chrystal Imbeau

Canada Revenue Agency

Administration Directorate

Contracting Division

250 Albert Street, 8th Floor

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0L5

Tel. Number: (613) 995-4672

Fax Number: (613) 957-6655

Email Address:


Arrangement documents and supporting information may be submitted in either English or French.

Arrangements must be received on or before January 6, 2023 at 2:00 pm EST.

The CRA reserves the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.

Canada Revenue Agency

Bid Receiving Unit

Ottawa Technology Centre

Receiving Dock

875 Heron Road

Room D-95

Ottawa, ON

K1A 1A2

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Solicitation Documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
sred_rfsa_eng.pdf000English- 2018-01-10
sred_rfsa_french.pdf000French- 2018-01-10
amd_001_eng.pdf001English- 2018-02-14
amd_001_fr.pdf001French- 2018-02-14


FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
questions_1-4_eng.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2018-02-14
questions_1-4_fr.pdfNot availableFrench- 2018-02-14
questions_4_eng_amended.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2018-02-23
questions_4_fr_amended.pdfNot availableFrench- 2018-02-23