Elder Services (21206-18-2757348)

Tender Notice


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Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2018/05/24 14:00 Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT)


Reference number
Solicitation number
Region of opportunity
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
Region of delivery
Nova Scotia
Notice type
Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)
Trade agreement
  • None
Tendering procedure
Procurement entity
Correctional Service of Canada
End user entity
Correctional Service of Canada

Contact Information

Contact name
Blanchet, Danielle
Contact email
Contact phone
Contact address
1045 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Moncton NB   E1C 1H1

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An advanced contract award notice (ACAN) is a public notice indicating to the supplier community that a department or agency intends to award a contract for goods, services or construction to a pre-identified supplier, thereby allowing other suppliers to signal their interest in bidding, by submitting a statement of capabilities. If no supplier submits a statement of capabilities that meet the requirements set out in the ACAN, on or before the closing date and time stated in the ACAN, the contracting officer may then proceed with the award to the pre-identified supplier.

1. Definition of requirement:

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.

CSC is committed to providing programs and opportunities to meet the needs of Aboriginal offenders.

CSC is legislated to provide Aboriginal offenders with the opportunity to further develop their understanding of traditional Aboriginal culture and beliefs. The Aboriginal Elder exposes offenders to traditional Aboriginal ways of life, based on their own teachings, through teachings, counselling and traditional ceremonies and practices, individually and/or in groups, for the benefit of both offenders and staff.

The term “Elder” means any person recognized by the Aboriginal community as having knowledge and understanding of the traditional culture of the community, including the ceremonies, protocols, teachings and healing techniques, according to the beliefs and social traditions of their communities.

1.1 Objectives:

Assist Aboriginal offenders, in their traditional healing journey, to further develop an understanding of traditional Aboriginal culture through teachings, guidance, counselling, and use traditional ceremonies and practices to promote healing and balance.

1.2 Tasks:

The Aboriginal Elder must provide the following services:

1.2.1 Ceremonial and Spiritual Services:

The Elder must provide (in-group or individual) counseling, teachings and ceremonial services to Aboriginal offenders. This includes the following:

Providing guidance and teachings through group sessions (circles) and individual discussions to offenders in the institution.

Conducting spiritual services and various traditional ceremonies based on the Elder's teachings.

Assisting offenders following a healing path in support of their correctional plan.

Elders may be requested, by agreement, to escort offenders on Escorted Temporary Absences (ETAs) for ceremonial and other spiritual purposes.

1.2.2 Advice and Guidance:

The Elder must, upon request:

Provide advice/information to staff and management, locally, regionally and nationally on issues of Aboriginal spirituality and cultural practices.

Introduce institutional staff to various elements of traditional spirituality as deemed appropriate based on their teachings.

Provide advice to the Institutional Head regarding ceremonies, ceremonial objects, traditional practices and protocols, traditional medicines, or sacred ground within the institution including the collection and storage of ceremonial objects and traditional and ceremonial medicines.

1.2.3 Case Management:

The Elder must:

Participate in case conferences as requested.

Provide verbally to the Case Management Team, as requested, information regarding the offender's participation in a healing path as requested as part of the offender's progress report. This may include progress on an offender's participation in Pathways, in Aboriginal Correctional Programs, or in other cultural and spiritual activities as appropriate.

Upon receiving a referral/request from the Case Management team, the Elder must provide initial information and updates verbally or in writing to the Aboriginal Liaison Officer or Parole Officer for documentation which may include initial observations; whether the offender has agreed to continue working with the Elder through Aboriginal Specific interventions;the offender’s progress in addressing his or her needs as well as information about an offender's readiness for the possible transition into the community.

1.2.4 Regional and National Meetings:

The Elder may be asked to provide advice, guidance, information, or recommendations regionally or nationally on issues of Aboriginal spirituality and cultural practices.

If applicable, this may also include participation, by agreement, on regional or national advisory bodies, such as the National Elders Working Group, or the National Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

1.3 Expected results:

Provision of Aboriginal programs and Elder services to the offender population.

1.4 Reporting and communications:

The Aboriginal Elder, with the assistance and coordination of the Aboriginal Liaison Officer or Parole Officer, must report to the Technical Authority on a monthly basis by providing a summary of the tasks and hours completed on the Elder Tasks – Weekly Summary and Elder Tasks – Bi-weekly Summary/Invoice provided by the Technical Authority.

1.5 Paper consumption:

a. Should printed material be required, double sided printing in black and white format is the default unless otherwise specified by the Project Authority.

b. The Contractor must ensure printed material is on paper with a minimum recycled content of 30% and/or certified as originating from a sustainably managed forest.

c. The Contractor must recycle unneeded printed documents (in accordance with Security Requirements).

1.6 Constraints:

1.6.1 Location of work:

a. The Contractor must perform the work at Nova Institution for Women and Springhill Institution

b. Travel

  1. Travel to the following locations will be required for performance of the work under this contract:

 Nova Institution : 180 James Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B0N 6R8

 Springhill Institution : 330 McGee Street, Springhill, Nova Scotia, B0M 1X0

1.6.2 Language of Work:

The contractor must perform all work in English.

1.6.3 Security Requirements:

This contract includes the following security requirements:

a. The Contractor personnel requiring access to sensitive work site(s) must EACH hold a valid reliability status granted or approved by CISD/PWGSC or Correctional Service Canada.

b. Subcontracts which contain security requirements are NOT to be awarded without the prior written permission of CISD/PWGSC.

c. The Contractor must comply with the provisions of the:

Security Requirements Check List;

Industrial Security Manual (Latest Edition)

Centre (CPIC) at the institutions’ entrances

2. Criteria for assessing the statement of capabilities (minimum essential requirements):

Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that it meets the following requirements:

The supplier must be recognized by their community as an Elder/Cultural Advisor within that community.

The supplier must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in delivering spiritual and cultural services and teachings to Aboriginal people. This experience must include:

- providing counselling and guidance according to the traditions and teachings of their own community; and

- being familiar with and able to conduct a variety of ceremonies with a focus on healing according to their own teachings.

The supplier must be familiar with and able to provide guidance to staff and offenders regarding the protocols surrounding the use, disposition, and searching of traditional medicines and spiritual effects.

The supplier must meet with a circle of Elders already under contract with CSC where he will be able to share his experiences and where the elders will be able to determine the validity of the statement of capabilities.

CSC reserves the right, at its own discretion, to request that suppliers provide a reference letter and/or resume, in addition to their statement of capabilities, to support the knowledge and experience claimed.

3. Applicability of the trade agreement (s) to the procurement

This procurement is not subject to any trade agreement.

4. Set-aside under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business

This procurement is set-aside for an Aboriginal Supplier in accordance with the government's Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB) (https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100032802/1100100032803). Therefore, only suppliers who meet the definition of an Aboriginal business, as defined in the PSAB, may submit a statement of capabilities.

This restriction does not apply to contracts with individuals who are Aboriginal Elders.

5. Comprehensive Land Claims Agreement (s)

This procurement is not subject to a Comprehensive Land Claims Agreement.

6. Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier

There is a limited number of suppliers available to provide Elder services to meet the reintegration needs of CSC Aboriginal offenders.

The pre-identified supplier meets all of the minimum essential requirements described in this ACAN.

7. Government Contracts Regulations Exception(s)

The following exception to the Government Contracts Regulations is invoked for this procurement under subsection:

(d) only one person is capable of performing the contract.

8. Exclusions and/or Limited Tendering Reasons

The following exclusion (s) and/or limited tendering reasons are invoked under the section of the trade agreement (s) specified:

This procurement is not subject to any trade agreement.

9. Ownership of Intellectual Property

There are no intellectual-property terms in the contract

10. Period of the proposed contract or the delivery date(s)

The proposed contract is for a period of 10 months, from June 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019 with an option to extend the contract for 1 additional one-year Period.

11. Cost estimate of the proposed contract

The estimated value of the contract, including option(s), is $ 137,333.50 (GST/HST extra).

12. Name and address of the pre-identified supplier

Name: Joan Prosper

Address: PO BOX 1284

Truro NS B2N 5N2

13. Suppliers' right to submit a statement of capabilities

\Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the goods, services or construction services described in the ACAN, may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this notice on or before the closing date and time of this notice. This statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.

14. Closing date and time for a submission of a statement of capabilities

The closing date and time for accepting statements of capabilities is May 24th, 2018 at 2:00pm ADT.

15. Enquiries and submission of statement of capabilities

Enquiries and statement of capabilities are to be directed to:

Danielle Blanchet

Regional Contract Officer

1045 Main Street, 2nd Floor

Moncton NB E1C 1H1

Telephone: 506-851-7690

Facsimile: 506-851-6327

E-mail: danielle.blanchet@csc-scc.gc.ca

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