Debates Producer (35035-201458/A)

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Tender Notice - Notice of Proposed Procurement (NPP)




Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2021/03/17 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


Region of delivery
  • National Capital Region
End user entity
Privy Council Office
Procurement entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Tendering procedure
The bidder must supply Canadian goods and/or services
Competitive procurement strategy
Best Overall Proposal
Trade agreement
  • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
Reference number
Solicitation number


Trade Agreement: Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
Tendering Procedures: The bidder must supply Canadian goods and/or services
Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall  Proposal
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements: 

Debates Producer

Lavitt, Marie


The Leaders’ Debates Commission ("the Commission"), established by Order in Council (OIC) 2018-1322 and amended by Order in Council P.C 2019-1381 and 2020-872, has been mandated to organize two leaders’ debates for the next federal general election - one in each official language. The Commission is guided by the pursuit of public interest and by the principles of independence, impartiality, credibility, democratic citizenship, civic education, inclusion and cost effectiveness.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to contract the promotion, production and distribution of two debates for the next federal election: one in French and one in English. 

Bidders are welcome to bid on either the English debate, the French debate, or both. If a bidder bids on both the English and French debate, they are welcome to propose different approaches for each debate. Evaluation criteria are identical for the French and English debates, but French and English bids will be evaluated separately. Bidders who wish to bid on both French and English debates must submit two bids: one for French and one for English.

Additional Optional Debates: The Commission may also require the promotion, production and distribution of more than the two debates for the next federal election on an "if and when" required basis.  Additional optional debates are at the sole discretion of the Commission and will be authorized by the PWGSC Contracting Authority as an amendment to the Contract   

The RFP is open to sole entities or to joint ventures (organizations may, and are encouraged, to work together as a consortium or joint venture). 

The period of the Contract is from date of Contract to December 15, 2021, inclusive. The Contractor grants to Canada the irrevocable option to extend the term of the Contract by up to two additional one year periods under the same conditions. 

There are no security requirements associated with this requirement.

The requirement is limited to Canadian services.

The requirement is subject to the provisions of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

This procurement is not subject to any Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements.

Evaluation Procedures for Stream A - French Leaders’ Debate and for Stream B - English Leaders’ Debate

(a) Bids submitted for Stream A and Stream B will be evaluated separately 

(b) Bids will be assessed in accordance with the entire requirement of the bid solicitation including the technical evaluation criteria for Stream A and/or Stream B.

(c) An evaluation team composed of representatives of Canada will evaluate the bids.

Highest Technical Rating

1. To be declared responsive, a bid must:

(a) comply with all the requirements of the bid solicitation;
(b) meet all mandatory technical evaluation criteria; and
(c) obtain the required minimum points for the technical evaluation criteria which are subject to point rating.

2. Bids not meeting (a) or (b) or (c) will be declared non responsive. The responsive bid with the highest number of points will be recommended for award of a contract for this requirement.

Delivery Date: Above-mentioned

The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.

Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Contact information

Contact name
Lavitt, Marie
Contact email
Contact phone
( ) - ( )
Contact address
360 Albert St. / 360, rue Albert
12th Floor / 12ième étage
K1A 0S5


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Solicitation documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique download event (English page)Date added
ABES.PROD.PW__CX.B010.E79730.EBSU000.PDF000English- 2021-02-15
ABES.PROD.PW__CX.B010.F79730.EBSU000.PDF000French- 2021-02-15
ABES.PROD.PW__CX.B010.E79730.EBSU001.PDF001English- 2021-02-22
ABES.PROD.PW__CX.B010.F79730.EBSU001.PDF001French- 2021-02-22

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