Update on the evaluation process of the Canadian Surface Combatant Request for Proposals

On August 13, 2018, bidders were provided details on the Compliance Demonstration Phase process. This process benefits all bidders, and would only be used in the event that all the bids are evaluated to be non-compliant. In this case, all the bidders would have an opportunity to correct deficiencies in their bids to demonstrate that they meet the compliance requirements.

No changes were made to the ship requirements or evaluation criteria.

This is a good example of how the Government of Canada is developing and applying innovative approaches to improve the results for large, complex defence procurements.

The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) evaluation process is designed to identify the best valued bid while ensuring fairness, openness and transparency. The entire process is being overseen by an independent fairness monitor.

To date, the fairness monitor has submitted a series of interim reports on the CSC procurement process, each of these reports have stated that it had “identified no fairness deficiencies.” The reports, along with the final report when it is provided, will be published on the Public Services and Procurement Canada Fairness Monitor website.

These reports provide assurance that decisions have been made objectively, free from personal favouritisms and political influence, and that they encompass the elements of fairness, openness and transparency.

The competitive procurement process to select the design and the design team is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

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