Parks Canada Agency Ontario Waterways Program Industry Day (EQ754-161554/A)

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Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2015/12/31 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)


Reference number
Solicitation number
Region of delivery
National Capital Region, Ontario
Notice type
Letter of Interest (LOI)/Request for Information (RFI)
Trade agreement
  • None
Tendering procedure
All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Procurement entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada
End user entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada

Contact Information

Contact name
Chan, Ricky
Contact phone
(416) 512-5276 ( )
Contact fax
(416) 512-5862
Contact address
Ontario Region, Tendering Office
12th Floor, 4900 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 6A6

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Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Competitive Procurement Strategy: 
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements: 

Letter of Interest (LOI) 

Parks Canada Agency Ontario Waterways Program Industry Day 

1. Purpose and Nature of the Letter of Interest (LOI)

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) wishes to inform Industry of an upcoming program of work on behalf of Parks Canada 
Agency (PCA).

The objective of this LOI is to advise industry of an upcoming Engagement Session which will: 

- Provide industry with information about the PCA Ontario waterways program.
- Provide industry an opportunity to share information on current marketplace and supplier capabilities and to learn more about 
Government of Canada procurement processes

This LOI is not a call for tender or a Request for Proposal (RFP).  No agreement or contract will be entered into based on this LOI.  The issuance of this LOI is not to be considered in any way a commitment 
by the Government of Canada, nor as authority to potential respondents to undertake any work that could be charged to Canada.  This LOI is 
not to be considered as a commitment to issue a subsequent 
solicitation or award contract(s) for the work described herein.

Respondents are encouraged to identify, in the information they share with Canada, any information that they feel is proprietary, third 
party or personal information. Please note that Canada may be 
obligated by law (e.g. in response to a request under the Access of Information and Privacy Act) to disclose proprietary or commercially-sensitive information concerning a respondent (for more information:

Participation in this LOI is encouraged, but is not mandatory.  There will be no short-listing of potential suppliers for the purposes of undertaking any future work as a result of this LOI.   Participation 
in this LOI is not a condition or prerequisite for the participation 
in any potential subsequent solicitation.

Respondents will not be reimbursed for any cost incurred by participating in this LOI.

The LOI closing date published herein is not the deadline for comments or input. Comments and input will be accepted any time up to the time when/if a follow-on solicitation is published.

2. Background Information:

On March 13, 2015, the Government of Canada, announced $2.6 billion in investments for Parks Canada infrastructure across Canada. This investment announcement, the largest in PCAs history, includes 
support for infrastructure deferred work to heritage, visitor experience, waterway and highway assets located within national 
historic sites, national parks & national marine conservation areas across Canada.
By halting the loss of irreplaceable built heritage and renewing 
visitor facilities, Parks Canada is restoring the vast majority of its assets that are aging or at the end of their life-cycle, allowing 
current and future generations of Canadians to experience and connect meaningfully with their special places. 

In June 2015, infrastructure investments were announced totalling more than $330 million for Parks Canada waterway sites in Ontario.

These infrastructure investments will repair, rehabilitate or replace the network of locks & bridges across Ontarios Trent-Severn Waterway.

Further funding is targeted at work along the iconic Rideau Canal, including significant work along the portion of the Rideau Canal in 
the downtown core of the nations capital between the Ottawa Locks and Dows Lake.

3. Potential Work Scope and Constraints:

In addition to the announced infrastructure investments, it is anticipated that additional work will be planned in years 2017-18 to 2019-20 to address deferred work on waterways. The majority of the 
work for Ontario waterways will be on the Trent Severn Waterway 
and the Rideau Canal. The major asset types include dams, navigation 
locks, canal walls, wharves and vehicular bridges (both fixed and moveable).

The work will require the following industries: 
- Concrete - Repair and Restoration, 
- Carpentry, 
- Mechanical - Gates and Locks, 
- Metal Fabrication,
- Painting,
- Earthwork - excavation, backfill, landscaping,
- Erosion Protection,
- Welding,
- Heavy Civil and Hydrogeology Engineering.  

PCA is mandated to provide navigation services on the Trent-Severn Waterway and RideauCanal between May and October of each year.  Dams must be operated year-round to maintain water levels within prescribed ranges in both the navigation and non-navigation season. PCA 
administers 52 vehicular bridges on Ontario waterways providing vital
linkages in communities.  Bridge closures must be minimized and this 
is a key project constraint.  Waterways infrastructure projects 
present challenges related to working in a marine environment, while 
respecting PCAs mandated responsibilities and stakeholder 

4. Legislation, Trade Agreements, and Government Policies:

The following is indicative of some of the legislation, trade 
agreements and government policies that may apply to any follow-on solicitation(s):

a) Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
b) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
c) World Trade Organization - Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP)
d) Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRBs)

5. Important Notes to Participants:

InterestedParticipants may submit questions or comments to the PWGSC Contracting Authority, identified below, preferably via email:

Name: Ricky Chan
Title:  Supply Team Leader
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Acquisitions Branch
Ontario Region, Real Property Contracting
Address: 4900 Yonge Street, 12th floor, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6A6
Telephone: 416-512-5276
Facsimile: 416-512-5652

Changes to this LOI may occur and will be advertised on the Government Electronic Tendering System.  Canada asks Participants to visit regularly to check for any changes.

6. Upcoming Engagement Session:

Industry will have the opportunity to participate in an Industry Engagement Day onNovember 25, 2015 at the Peterborough Naval As
sociation at 24 Whitlaw Street, Peterborough, ON K9J 1K9  from 9:00 3:00 p.m.  

The purpose of this session is to provide interested participants with the opportunity to obtain information aboutthe Parks Canada Ontario waterways program.

Parks Canada encourages the participation of aboriginal firms in the delivery of program elements through the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB), joint ventures, and sub-contracting, etc. where these approaches are viable. Aboriginal firms are encouraged to attend this Industry Engagement Day, or otherwise contact the 
Office of Small and Medium Enterprise and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada for more information on contracting 
with the Federal Government. 

To register, please email the PWGSC Contracting Authority above by 
10:00 a.m. on November 24, 2015. Due tospace considerations for the Industry Engagement Day presentation room (address provided above), 
eachparticipant may only register up to 2 representatives from its company/association.

Non-attendance at the Industry Day will not preclude a supplier from bidding on any future requirement should follow-on solicitations be issued.
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.

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Solicitation Documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.E2059.EBSU000.PDF000English- 2015-11-02
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.F2059.EBSU000.PDF000French- 2015-11-02
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.E2059.EBSU001.PDF001English- 2015-11-19
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.F2059.EBSU001.PDF001French- 2015-11-19
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.E2059.EBSU002.PDF002English- 2015-11-25
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.F2059.EBSU002.PDF002French- 2015-11-25
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.E2059.EBSU003.PDF003English- 2015-11-27
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.F2059.EBSU003.PDF003French- 2015-11-27
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.E2059.EBSU004.PDF004English- 2015-12-07
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.F2059.EBSU004.PDF004French- 2015-12-07
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.E2059.EBSU005.PDF005English- 2015-12-23
ABES.PROD.PW_PWL.B041.F2059.EBSU005.PDF005French- 2015-12-23


FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
doing_business_-_november_25_2015.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-25
faire_affaire_-_novembre_25_2015.pdfNot availableFrench- 2015-11-25
industry_day_pca_presentation_-_nov_25_2015_en_pdf.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-25
industry_day_pca_presentation_-_nov_25_2015_fr_pdf.pdfNot availableFrench- 2015-11-25
pca-ontario_waterways_-_industry_day_pwgsc_presentation_nov_25_2015_final_-_en.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-25
pca-ontario_waterways_-_industry_day_pwgsc_presentation_nov_25_2015_final_-_fr.pdfNot availableFrench- 2015-11-25