Military animation and visitor services, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Solicitation number 5P300-21-0272/A

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Closing date and time 2022/02/15 14:00 EST

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    Definition of the requirement

    Parks Canada has a requirement for the provision of military animation and visitor services primarily for Halifax Citadel NHS with an option to provide services at Georges Island NHS. The anticipated start date is April 1, 2022.

    Interpretive services at the Halifax Citadel will include a portrayal of the British and Canadian Army garrisons of the Halifax Defense Complex (HDC) from 1749 to 1952, with a concentration on the period 1869-71. The primary portrayal will be the 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs) and 3rd Brigade, Royal Artillery, but may include civilians and other military units. Staff will wear appropriate period clothing and undertake demonstrations of daily life, garrison duties, military drill and tactics (with and without the use of historic weapons), and perform ceremonial functions on and off site.

    Interpretation services on Georges Island will include a portrayal of British and Canadian Army garrisons of the HDC from 1869 to 1945, with a concentration on the period of 1939-45, as well as civilian portrayals from those periods. The primary portrayal will be of the 21st Anti-Aircraft Regiment and 1st (Halifax) Coast Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and 3rd Brigade, Royal Artillery. Supplier’s Staff will wear appropriate period clothing and undertake demonstrations of daily life and garrison duties (with and without the use of historic weapons).

    The Supplier’s Staff will also facilitate visitor experience activities such as guided tours, orientation and special visitor programming.

    Visitor services will include visitor reception and orientation services, collection of fees, and visitor survey.

    These services are provided in order to:

    1) Provide a cogent interpretative experience supportive of other media employed in the Site to elaborate the approved themes for the Halifax Citadel and Georges Island;

    2) Provide staff engaged through this contract to support marketing and promotional opportunities, special projects or events (individual or partnered) that are compatible with Parks Canada's principles and values;

    3) Support the HDC’s efforts to engage youth through delivery of cultural and educational programs, designed to enhance and further the site’s use, relevance, understanding and appreciation;

    4) Contribute to the maintenance requirements of the Halifax Citadel and Georges Island NHS’s interpretation program.; and

    5) Provide reception, site orientation, fee collection, provision of tourism information and respond to visitor inquiries as essential services to the site's reception and or orientation program. 

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    Contract duration

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    • World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO GPA)
    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
    • Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Parks Canada
    30 Victoria Street
    Gatineau, Quebec, J8X 0B3
    Contracting authority
    Piche, Christine
    Gatineau, QC,

    Buying organization(s)

    Parks Canada
    30 Victoria Street
    Gatineau, Quebec, J8X 0B3
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    Notice type
    Advance Contract Award Notice
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    Nova Scotia
    Region of opportunity
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Open Bidding

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