Department of National Defence - 2022 Air Transportation Source Lists

Status Awarded

Contract number Air Helicopter Charters - Domestic / Transport aérien – Transport affrété par hélicoptère - National – 06

Solicitation number DND/DSPCOS 7 - 2022-002

Publication date

Contract award date


    This contract was awarded to:

    Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd

    1. Background

    The Department of National Defence (DND) moves materiel and personnel domestically and internationally on an as required basis to support operations. DND accomplishes this task primarily through its own means but also contracts directly with Industry for the movement of personnel and cargo by airlift. To contract for transportation requirements that arise, DND maintains multiple Source Lists of pre-qualified service providers and brokers.

    2. Source List Renewal

    DND’s 2020 Transportation Source Lists expire November 18, 2022. As such, DND is soliciting industry applications to renew each of these Source Lists.

    1. Air Passenger Full Charter
      1. Domestic
      2. International
    2. Air Cargo Full Charter
      1. Domestic
      2. International
    3. Air Helicopter Charters
      1. Domestic
      2. International

    A separate application is required for each Source List. Additionally, Applicants must include details to support which ever sub-grouping they are applying for, whether domestic and/or international.

    3. Validity Period

    DND’s 2022 Air Transportation Source Lists will remain valid for a two year period, beginning November 19th, 2022. During this timeframe any DND transportation requirements that arise will be issued to the members of the appropriate Source List.

    4. Application Process

    To be included in any one of these 2022 Source Lists, Applicants must address all qualifying criteria in the appropriate Application Form at Section 5.

    Applications submitted by November 10th 2022 will be reviewed immediately and successful applicants included in the appropriate Source List effective November 19th 2022. Applications submitted after November 10th 2022 will be reviewed by DND as time and resources permit and once approved will be included in the appropriate Source List for the remainder of the validity period.

    DND reserves the right to:

    (a) seek clarification from the applicant on any or all aspects of the document(s) submitted in response to this solicitation; 

    (b) cancel this solicitation at any time; and

    (c) reissue this solicitation.

    5. Source List Applications:

    1. Air Passenger Full Charter Application – Annex A
    2. Air Cargo Full Charter Application – Annex B
    3. Air Helicopters Full Charter Application – Annex C


    1. Many of the contracts are of high value therefore Source List members must have and demonstrate, if requested, the financial means to deal with high dollar value contracts. There may be a requirement for the broker/provider to submit a performance bond and/or other forms of contract security in conjunction with a bid and/or tender solicitation.
    2. Be aware that some DND airlift requirements arise on an urgent basis and may require contracted airlift within a less than 24 hour time frame.
    3. When DND charters an aircraft, it is for the entire aircraft, which must be dedicated to the sole use of DND.
    4. Be advised that DND may conduct a credit check and/or security check of the Company and its Principals.

    6. Planning Considerations

    If a service provider /broker is found to be in breach of Contract, in addition to any other remedy available to the Crown, temporary or permanent removal from the relevant Source List(s) may result.

    Transportation services are exempt from the provisions of the:

    Canada - Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA);

    Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP);

    Canada - Colombia Free Trade Agreement;

    Canada - European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA);

    Canada - Honduras Free Trade Agreement;

    Canada - Korea Free Trade Agreement;

    Canada - Panama Free Trade Agreement;

    Canada - Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA);

    Canada - Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA);

    Canada - United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement (Canada-UK TCA); and

    World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP).

    The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) applies.

    7. Submissions

    Service providers and brokers wishing to be considered for inclusion in one of these DND Air Transportation Source Lists must forward their application to Trevor Clark, DSPCOS 7-6-2.


    Business address
    Box 190, 3010 Selwyn Road
    Valemount, BC, V0E 2Z0
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Open Bidding

    Contract duration

    Refer to the description above for full details.

    Commodity - GSIN

    • V401B - Transportation
    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Department of National Defence
    101 Colonel By Dr
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0K2
    Contracting authority
    Trevor Clark
    101 Colonel By Dr
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K2

    Buying organization(s)

    Department of National Defence
    101 Colonel By Dr
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0K2
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