Multi-City Moving/Relocation Services for the Parks Canada Agency

Solicitation number 5P047-22-0265

Publication date

Closing date and time 2023/03/24 14:00 EDT



    Parks Canada Agency (PCA) is posting this Request for Information (RFI) to advise industry of an upcoming solicitation.

    Parks Canada is in the process of consolidating its National Collection of 25 million historical and archaeological artifacts under its care, from six existing facilities to a purpose-built facility currently under construction in Gatineau, Quebec. 


    Parks Canada’s Historical and Archaeological artifacts are presently stored in warehouses in Winnipeg, Ottawa (2 locations), Quebec City (2 locations) and Dartmouth and will need to be relocated to a new, purpose-built artifact collections facility presently under construction in Gatineau, QC., which is scheduled to be completed in the Summer of 2023.

    Upon completion of construction, the collection, representing a volume of approximately 7500 m3, will need to be moved from the six facilities to the new facility over an estimated period of 1 ½ to 2 years, from Fall 2023 to 2025. 

    The artifacts will need to be accessed, packed, loaded, moved, unloaded, unpacked and stored at destination in the facility’s specialized storage system, comprised of high density 6 meter (20’) high mobile shelving units, fixed pallet racking and cantilever shelving, art racking, cool storage and secure storage.


    The following are examples of objects and approximate corresponding volumes that will need to be moved:

    • 120 m3 of large or long objects for cantilever storage – e.g. canoes, sleds, agricultural tools
    • 470 m3 of large objects for pallet racking storage – e.g. anchors, furniture
    • 66 m3 of oversized objects >20 ft2 for storage on cantilever racking - e.g. boats, sleighs, whale bones, agricultural and industrial components
    • 70 m3 of large objects <20 ft2 to be stored on cantilever racking – e.g. timbers, agricultural tools
    • 100 m3 of objects requiring cold storage – e.g. furs
    • 57 m3 of art objects / hanging collections – e.g. paintings, pictures, photography, mirrors, frames
    • 2110 m3 of small/fragile and mixed objects on trays – e.g. ceremonial objects, personal objects, tools and equipment, archaeological objects
    • 3500 m3 of large/medium sized objects for mobile shelving units – e.g. furniture, textiles, clothing, sports equipment, and archaeological objects
    • 820 m3 or 21,300 banker boxes of archaeological objects ranging from small, to very small artifacts – e.g. ceramic chips, stone, glass, metals, and faunal material. Average weight is 16 lbs per box. As such these boxes make up the bulk of the 25 million artifacts being moved.
    • 6,300 linear ft. or 180 m3 of historical and archaeological documentation to accompany the artifacts – e.g. files, periodicals, multi-media, books reports
    • Specialized equipment and furniture –e.g. map cabinets, packaging tables, work benches
    • Personnel workstation items – e.g. files, binders, stationary


    Below is a table indicating the locations where the national collection is currently stored, as well as the approximate volumes of artifacts to be moved from each facility, along with the facility location and size. 


    Facility size

    Estimated volume of artifacts

    Quebec City (1)

    2,200 m2

    550 m3

    Quebec City (2)

    1,510 m2

    1800 m3


    5,284 m2

    800 m3

    Ottawa (1)

    4,412 m2

    3300 m3

    Ottawa (2)

    376 m2

    350 m3


    2,058 m2

    700 m3

    The location of the new collections storage facility where the artifacts will be moved is 555 Avenue des Entreprises, Gatineau, QC. The 8,200 m2 (88,000 sq.ft.) facility has a 4,300m2 (46,000 sq.ft.) of storage area that is mostly comprised of high-density 20’ high mobile shelving units, as well as pallet racking and cantilever shelving, art racking, cool storage, and secure storage.


    Parks is proposing a two stage procurement process:

    1. Phase 1 - Pre-qualification
    • The proposed procurement is expected to be posted on CanadaBuys in March 2023.
    • Interested bidders would be evaluated on criteria, including past experience, capacity and key personnel. Joint ventures are welcomed.
    1. Phase 2 – RFP Work Plan
      • Bidders who meet the minimum level of qualifications in Phase 1 would be invited to proceed to the RFP stage.
      • Additional information on the move would be provided
      • Mandatory site visits to all facilities will be required
      • Proposals will likely require bidders to provide information on how services will be managed, Indigenous procurement strategy, proposed packing and shipping sequencing… etc.


    Because this is not a bid solicitation, Canada will not necessarily respond to enquiries in writing or by circulating answers to all potential suppliers. However, respondents with questions regarding this RFI may direct their enquiries to the Contracting Authority.

    Bonnie Knott, Contracting Advisor



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    Contracting organization

    Parks Canada
    30 Victoria Street
    Gatineau, Quebec, J8X 0B3
    Contracting authority
    Knott, Bonnie
    PO Box 130
    Rocky Harbour, NL, A0K 4N0

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    Parks Canada
    30 Victoria Street
    Gatineau, Quebec, J8X 0B3
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