Request for Information (RFI) – Invitation for Businesses Selling Goods to Engage on Ethical Procurement

Solicitation number 20231131

Publication date

Closing date and time 2022/12/16 14:00 EST

Last amendment date


    The amendment serves to extend the RFI period.

    Request for Information (RFI) – Invitation for Businesses Selling Goods to Engage on Ethical Procurement


    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) invites businesses selling goods to complete an online questionnaire on the risks of human trafficking, forced labour, and child labour in the supply chains of their goods.

    The information we gather through this questionnaire will be used to inform the development of guidance and awareness materials, including content for upcoming supplier engagement sessions.

    Ethical procurement engagement sessions will take place with industry. The collection of information from this Request for Information (RFI) questionnaire will be used as a basis for the sessions, so completion within the posted timeframe would be appreciated. Note: Businesses can complete the questionnaire without committing to attend a session.

    Important: This is not a bid solicitation process and no contract will result from this request. This RFI is not a condition or prerequisite for your participation in any existing or subsequent solicitation. Please note that respondents will not be reimbursed for any cost incurred by responding to this RFI.

    How to participate

    Businesses are invited to respond to an online questionnaire.

    You may also download an alternative Word version of the questionnaire to complete and submit your responses by email. The Word version is available in the Attachment section of this RFI. Please read the Word document for instructions on how to submit this format.

    The questionnaire uses software that adheres to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 level AA. If you require additional accommodations to access or participate in the questionnaire, or if you have any additional questions about the questionnaire, please contact:

    Deadline for submission

    The deadline to submit responses to the questionnaire is December 16, 2022.

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    For more information about the questionnaire, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document found in the Attachment section of this RFI.


    The Government of Canada is committed to leveraging its spending power to positively influence ethical business practices, both at home and abroad. As the government’s central purchaser, PSPC is strategically positioned to facilitate incremental change in this area by ensuring that suppliers of goods and services apply the highest ethical standards across their supply chains.

    Under the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, and as part of a whole-of-government approach, PSPC is committed to safeguarding federal procurement supply chains from human rights abuses. To this end, a dedicated policy team has been mandated to address forced labour and human trafficking in federal procurement supply chains, including by working with suppliers to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities in their operations and supply chains.

    A risk analysis of PSPC’s supply chains completed in May 2021 determined which categories of goods were at the highest risk of exposure to human trafficking, forced labour, and child labour. The assessment is an important step to understanding the vulnerabilities of supply chains, and the results are key to developing an evidence-based approach to address human trafficking in federal procurement supply chains. PSPC has developed an ethical procurement action plan that includes the following recommendations from the risk assessment:

    • Prepare tools and awareness materials for vendors on the results of the risk assessment and risks of forced labour in supply chains
    • Assess requirements for an ethical procurement policy and human rights due diligence strategy
    • Conduct engagement sessions for suppliers of high-risk goods to raise awareness

    Contract duration

    Refer to the description above for full details.

    Trade agreements

    • No trade agreements are applicable to this solicitation process

    Partner with another business

    The functionality to add your company name to the list of interested businesses is temporarily unavailable.

    This list does not replace or affect the tendering procedures for this procurement process. Businesses are still required to respond to bid solicitations, and to compete based on the set criteria. For more information please read the Terms of use.

    Businesses interested in partnering for this tender opportunity:
    Note: Information may not be available in both English and French. This is because the Official Languages Act does not apply.

    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Contracting authority
    Wendt, Emma

    Buying organization(s)

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Bidding details

    Full details regarding this tender opportunity are available in the documents below. Click on the document name to download the file. Contact the contracting officer if you have any questions regarding these documents.

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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Information
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    Region of opportunity
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Open Bidding
    Commodity - GSIN
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