PWGSC's Integrity Framework
PWGSC has a strong framework in place to support accountability and integrity in its procurement and real property transactions. This includes policies, procedures and governance measures to ensure fairness, openness and transparency. Over time, the department has put in place numerous measures that demonstrate its commitment to doing business with companies and individuals that respect the law and act with integrity.
The table below outlines the key elements of PWGSC's Integrity Framework, including how, when and to whom it applies.
Integrity Framework Overview
|Types of contracts covered||
The Integrity Framework applies only to PWGSC managed contracts and real property transactions. This includes:
|Dollar value of contracts covered||
There is no dollar threshold. The Integrity Framework applies to all PWGSC-managed contracts and real property transactions.
PWGSC's Integrity Framework is conviction-based and does not include discretionary provisions.
|Applicability to sub-contractors / sublessors||
PWGSC does not apply its integrity framework to sub-contractors. Its relationship is with the prime contractor.
However, some contracts stipulate that the contractor agrees to bind the subcontractor by the same conditions by which the contractor is bound under the contract.
There is no time limit on the ineligibility of convicted bidders.
Convicted bidders will remain ineligible unless:
The Public Interest Exception
Possible circumstances necessary to the public interest could include:
The exception is applied on a case-by case basis by PWGSC.
In such cases, PWGSC would also impose additional stringent controls, administrative measures, and monitoring in the contract or real property agreement.
|Recourse in the event of a conviction post contract award||
PWGSC may terminate a contract or real property agreement for default if a conviction occurs post contract award, or may continue with the option and impose enhanced oversight and monitoring measures.
|List of ineligible bidders||
PWGSC does not maintain a list of ineligible bidders.
Bidder 1: An individual or company seeking to do business with the Government of Canada.
Convictions 2: The Integrity Framework applies to convictions of the bidder as well as anyone, individual or other entity, who directly or indirectly, legally or de facto, controls the company. This includes any affiliates and members of the board of directors.
For further information on integrity provisions for procurement, visit: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/policy-and-guidelines/policy-notifications/PN-107.
To find out more about integrity clauses for real property transactions, consult: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/biens-property/ci-ic-eng.html.
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