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Quality Assurance review of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Internal audit files

Solicitation number ISED196162

Publication date

Closing date and time 2020/08/10 14:00 EDT


    Professional Audit Support Services (PASS) Requirement

    This requirement is for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

    This requirement is open only to those Supply Arrangement Holders under E60ZQ-180001 who qualified for the following stream:

    1: Internal Audit Services

    SA Holders that are invited to compete as a joint venture must submit a bid as that joint venture SA Holder, forming no other joint venture to bid. Any joint venture must be already qualified under the E60ZQ-180001 series as that joint venture at the time of bid closing in order to submit a bid.

    The following SA Holders have been invited to bid on this requirement:

    1. A Hundred Answers Inc.
    2. Altis Human Resources (Ottawa) Inc.
    3. Aniko Consultants Inc., Samson & Associés-CPA Consultation Inc.-Samson & Associates CPA-Consulting Inc., in Joint Venture
    4. Baiame Technology and Consulting Limited
    5. BDO Canada LLP
    6. Collins Barrow Ottawa LLP
    7. Deloitte LLP
    8. Ernst & Young LLP
    9. FMC Professionals Inc.
    10. KPMG LLP
    11. MNP LLP
    12. Murray Management Consulting Inc.
    13. Orbis Risk Consulting Inc.
    14. Orbis Risk Consulting Inc., Okwaho Management Resources Inc., IN JOINT VENTURE
    15. Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
    16. QMR Staffing Solutions Incorporated
    17. QMR Staffing Solutions Incorporated, Windreach Consulting Services Incorporated, In Joint Venture
    18. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting Inc.
    19. Samson & Associés CPA/Consultation Inc
    20. Spearhead Management Canada Ltd.
    21. The Right Door Consulting & Solutions Inc, Collins Barrow Ottawa Management Consultants Inc in Joint Venture
    22. Welch LLP, Lannick Contract Solutions Inc. IN JOINT VENTURE
    23. WindReach Consulting Services Inc

    The work is currently being performed by Ernst & Young LLP under contract (value $82,716).

    Description of the Requirement:

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is soliciting bids for the services of a Contractor to provide ISED with an assessment of the quality and reliability of internal audit working paper files. As well as, ensure that audit findings included in engagement reports are appropriately supported with evidence and meet the standards and policy of the Department, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada and other internal audit standards.

    ISED annually conducts audits and other engagements. As part of ISED’s Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP), independent reviews of audit working paper files are required. The reviews assess the quality and reliability of audit working papers and help to identify opportunities for improvement in the planning, conduct or reporting phases of audits, as well as in the internal audit processes.

    Security Requirements:

    At the date of bid closing, the following conditions must be met:

    1. The Contractor/Offeror must, at all times during the performance of the Contract/Standing Offer/Supply Arrangement, hold a valid Designated Organization Screening (DOS) with approved Document Safeguarding at the level of Protected B, issued by the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate (CISD), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
    2. The Contractor/Offeror personnel requiring access to protected information, assets or work site(s) must EACH hold a valid Reliability Status, granted or approved by the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate (CISD), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
    3. The Contractor must not utilize its Information Technology systems to electronically process, produce or store protected information until the CISD/PWGSC has issued written approval. After approval has been granted or approved, these tasks may be performed up to the level of Protected B.
    4. Subcontracts which contain security requirements are not to be awarded without the prior written permission of CISD/PWGSC.
    5. The Contractor/Offeror must comply with the provisions of the:
      1. Security Requirements Check List and security guide (if applicable), attached at Appendix C;
      2. Industrial Security Manual (Latest Edition).

    Applicable Trade Agreements:

    The requirement is subject to the provisions of the Canada Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

    Proposed period of contract:

    The period of any resulting contract will be from date of Contract Award to March 31, 2022 inclusive. Any resulting contract will include an irrevocable option to extend the resulting contract term by up to three (3) additional one (1) year periods under the same conditions.

    File Number: ISED196162

    Contracting Authority: Chantal Lafleur

    Phone Number: 613-608-5865


    NOTE: The Professional Audit Support Services (PASS) Method of Supply is subject to quarterly refresh cycles. If you wish to find out how you can be a “Qualified SA Holder”, please contact

    Contract duration

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    Trade agreements

    • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Industry Canada
    Contracting authority
    Lafleur, Chantal
    235 Queen Street
    Ottawa, ON, K1A 0H5

    Buying organization(s)

    Industry Canada
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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Proposal
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    National Capital Region (NCR)
    Region of opportunity
    National Capital Region (NCR)
    Procurement method
    Competitive - Limited Tendering

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