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Solicitation number AL1667

Publication date

Closing date and time 2016/10/14 15:00 EDT

Last amendment date


    Purpose: The National Capital Commission is proceeding with a request for tender for the provision of electrical services and expertise required for the operation of the Rideau Canal Skateway electrical assets.

    Rideau Canal Skateway: The pride of Canada’s Capital Region is the Rideau Canal, which stretches 202 kilometres from Ottawa to Kingston. It was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in June 2007. Each winter a portion of this historic waterway is transformed into the world’s largest skating rink. Crowds of skaters and outdoor enthusiasts from all over Canada and the world, enjoy the 7.8-kilometre ice surface that winds through the heart of Ottawa. In 2005, Guinness World Records confirmed that the Rideau Canal Skateway (RCS) was indeed the “Largest Naturally Frozen Ice Rink in the World” with 165,621 square meters of skating surface. The RCS celebrated its 46rd skating season in 2016, yet it is so much more than just a skating rink. You’ll find concession stands and other services including skate and sled rentals, shelters and rest areas. The Skatetrack also serves as centre stage for Winterlude, the Capital’s internationally renowned festival and North America’s greatest winter celebration.The Rideau Canal is one of Canada's nine heritage canals and is owned by Parks Canada. The Skatetrack portion is managed by the National Capital Commission (NCC) during the winter months. The Rideau Canal makes an important contribution year-round to the beauty and spirit of Canada's Capital Region.The skating season may start in late December, weather permitting and when the ice thickness standards have been reached. The NCC Ice Safety Committee experts assess the ice thickness before the official opening of the RCS can be announced. This Committee continuously monitors ice conditions throughout the skating season and during special events.

    Term of Contract and Scope of Work: This Contract is for a five (5) Year Term commencing on signing of the Contract (Fall 2016) and ending on June 30th, 2021.

    During an average season, the RCS opens in early January until early March. The decision to end the RCS season shall be taken unilaterally by the NCC, at its entire discretion and for any reason(s) deemed appropriate including, but not limited to reasons related to weather conditions, ice conditions, public safety and/or financial considerations. The supplier will be beginning the season with the electrical installations and preparation as of mid-October and will complete its work by the end of April.

    Scope of Work: The services required are summarized below, but not limited to the following:

    • Pick up, install, remove and return to the designated NCC facility, all electrical assets and systems as per Section 4.
    • Supply qualified personnel as required to execute the work contained herein.
    • Supply equipment, vehicles, materials, personal protection equipment and specialized tools as required by the tasks described herein.
    • Insure all connections for the RCS vendors (10 to 12 concessions).
    • Provide detailed inspection reports and inventory lists as per Section 6.
    • Provide additional Services for ad hoc requests relating to the aforementioned, not specifically mentioned in the terms of reference and subject to the rates and conditions of the Standing Offer Agreement (SOA) described further.

    Tenders & bid security must be forwarded to the attention

    National Capital Commission

    Procurement Services

    40 Elgin Street, Security Office on the 2nd floor between 8am and 4:30pm

    Ottawa, ON K1P 1C7

    Reference NCC tender file # AL1667

    Bid closing date is OCT 14, 2016 at 3pm Ottawa time. Late or faxed bids will not be accepted.
    There is a public opening scheduled shortly after the bid closing time at 40 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON on the 2nd floor.
    The procurement process of this tender is subject to Chapter 5 on the Agreement on Internal Trade.

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    • Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    National Capital Commission
    40 Elgin Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1C7
    Contracting authority
    Lapensée, Allan
    613-239-5678 X5051
    40 Elgin Street, Suite 202
    Ottawa, ON, K1P 1C7

    Buying organization(s)

    National Capital Commission
    40 Elgin Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1C7
    Bidding details

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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Proposal
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    National Capital Region (NCR)
    Region of opportunity
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Open Bidding

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