Information bulletin: Third party criteria for qualification

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Effective date

This information bulletin is effective April 4, 2016.


The Ineligibility and Suspension Policy enables Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to issue information bulletins associated with the policy to provide greater clarity for informational purposes only.

Role of third parties

Under the Integrity Regime, in certain circumstances, PWGSC may require suppliers to retain a third party in the following circumstances: 

Criteria for qualification

A supplier may propose a third party of their choice provided they hold a recognized designation or accreditation, such as a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) license, public accounting license or membership in a provincial or territorial Law Society. It is within the sole discretion of PWGSC to determine whether the proposed third party has sufficient expertise, experience and independence to provide the services required.

Depending on the nature of the offence, a third party may also be required to have:

Avoiding conflict of interest

Third parties are required to provide information to the supplier and PWGSC on any potential conflict of interest, real or perceived, that may affect their independence, such as:

Proceeding with a third party

How to contact us

If you have questions, please contact the Integrity Regime team:

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