Challenge-Based Solicitation (CBS) for Mentoring Application Solution

Solicitation number JUS-MENTORING-APP

Publication date

Closing date and time 2023/01/10 14:00 EST

Last amendment date


    AMENDMENT #001

    The purpose of this amendment is to respond to questions raised by Industry.





    Canada has a requirement for a Contractor to supply, host and support an application, which facilitates the Department of Justice’s National Mentoring Program (NMP). The proposed solution will replace an existing application that is currently on an internal server, hosted by the Department of Justice. Canada is seeking a solution that must be hosted externally by the Contractor on a SSC certified SaaS/PaaS.

    Procurement Process

    Unlike traditional procurement, Challenge-Based Solicitations (CBSs) are based on the concept that Canada can best perform procurement if it presents the requirement as a need (problem statement(s)) and allows industry the freedom to propose innovative solutions that fill the need. CBS’s are issued in terms of needs and are accompanied by contractual conditions outlining industry participation, including mechanisms for evaluating proposed solutions. Solutions typically take the form of “prototypes”, and evaluations assess how well solutions satisfy the need. The Solicitation process is divided into two components: Invitation to Refine (ItR) - Sessions 1 to 3, and Final Challenge-Based Solicitation.

    Throughout the ItR Sessions 1 to 3 period, Bidders are invited to provide feedback on the problem statement(s) by participating in videoconference interactions (Invitation to Refine events), and other types of activities facilitated by Canada, in order to help Canada finalize the Challenge-Based Solicitation.

    Following ItR Sessions 1 to 3, the Final Challenge-Based Solicitation is issued which includes contractual conditions outlining industry participation, and mechanisms for evaluating proposed Solutions.

    The Solicitation is divided into six Sections plus attachments and annexes.

    Section 1: General Information; provides a general description of the requirements.

    Section 2: Instructions to Bidders; provides the instructions, clauses, and conditions applicable to the Solicitation. Section 3: Proposal Preparation Instructions; provides Bidders with instructions on how to prepare their proposals.

    Section 4: Evaluation Procedures and Basis of Selection; describes how the evaluation will be conducted, and the evaluation criteria that will be used, and the basis of selection for Contract award.

    Section 5: Certifications and Additional Information; includes the certifications and additional information to be provided. Section 6: Resulting Contract Clauses; includes the clauses and conditions that will apply to any resulting Contract.

    Canada anticipates awarding multiple option-based Contracts, to develop, test, and evaluate selected solutions i.e., prototypes in parallel.

    This procurement process involves the following stages:

    • invitation to refine with industry;
    • qualification stage (optional, at the discretion of Canada);
    • solicitation among Bidders (qualified Bidders if Canada chooses to qualify Bidders);
    • the award of Contracts - Proof of Concept (maximum value of $5,000 per Call-up);
    • the deployment of the Solution.

    Security Requirement

    The security requirement associated with this CBS will be identified during the Solicitation process.

    Trade Agreements

    This requirement is subject to the following trade agreements:

    Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement, 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, Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, and World Trade Organization-Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-GPA).

    Offer Submission

    Details of Offer submission procedures are described in the Challenge-Based Solicitation document


    Documents may be submitted in either Official Language of Canada.


    JUS retains the right to negotiate with Bidders

    Current Contract

    Not Applicable


    Enquiries regarding this CBS are to be submitted to the email below: File Number: JUS-MENTORING-APP


    Contract duration

    Refer to the description above for full details.

    Trade agreements

    • World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO GPA)
    • General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
    • Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    • Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
    • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
    • Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)
    • Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement (Canada-UK TCA)
    • Atlantic Procurement Agreement
    • Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Department of Justice Canada
    284 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0H8
    Contracting authority
    Williams, Jeff

    Buying organization(s)

    Department of Justice Canada
    284 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0H8
    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.

    Tender documents
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    Summary information

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