Training aids for Detector Dogs to Screen for COVID-19 (H1050-206242)

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Tender Notice - Letter of Interest (LOI)/Request for Information (RFI)




Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2020/11/23 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)


Region of delivery
  • Canada
End user entity
Health Canada
Procurement entity
Health Canada
Region of opportunity
  • World
Tendering procedure
Trade agreement
  • None
  • Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
  • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
  • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
  • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
  • Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
  • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
Reference number
Solicitation number



Health Canada is not looking for dogs or dogs trainers. The Request for Information (RFI) is to identify potential bidders who can conduct research to determine if there is a signature scent associated with COVID-19. Based on the identification of a scent, the potential bidder would also develop a training aid to inform detector dog training for Covid-19.

Please consult the Application information section of the solicitation document to determine what is required to be considered to receive a bid package.


Health Canada is issuing this RFI to determine potential bidders who can develop a safe s training aid that can be used in a pilot program to train detector dogs (DDs), to assist in screening of incoming travellers for COVID-19 testing. In the case of SARS-CoV-2, it is assumed that the virus itself will not be the training aid as there is no current evidence to suggest that the virus will have a unique volatile organic compound (VOC) signature. Therefore, the expected focus will be the VOC signature directly or indirectly related to the host inflammatory response induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Contact information

Contact name
Beaulieu, Amelie
Contact email
Contact phone
Contact address
200 Eglantine Driveway
Ottawa  ON
K1A 0K9


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Solicitation documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique download event (English page)Date added
english_rfi_for_posting_november_16.pdf000English- 2020-11-16
french_rfi_for_posting_november_16_.pdf000French- 2020-11-16

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