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Solicitation number HT360-123541/A

Publication date

Closing date and time 2013/04/10 14:00 EDT

Last amendment date

    Trade Agreement: Set-Aside Program for Aboriginal Business (SPAB)
    Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
    Attachment: YES (MERX) Electronic
    Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall  Proposal
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Nature of Requirements: 
    Please note that the section titled "FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY" has
    been updated and the new section REGISTRATION has been added to
    provide additional information on the subsequent steps of the
    Engagement Process.
    SUBJECT - Respondents are requested to provide feedback on the
    enclosed draft documents pertaining to a requirement for Nursing
    Services for Remote and Isolated First Nations Communities, for
    Health Canada (HC).
    RFI PURPOSE - The purpose of this RFI is to inform potential
    Bidders concerning the upcoming HC Nursing Services requirement
    and to obtain Industry input and feedback regarding the
    development of the Bid Solicitation. 
    POTENTIAL REQUIREMENT - Health Canada is having difficulty
    recruiting and retaining nurses in the nursing stations and
    federal hospitals located in Northern Manitoba, Northern
    Ontario, and northern Quebec on First Nations reserves.  Without
    adequate service, the nursing stations and hospitals may have to
    close for periods of time which could result in liability to
    Canada. As a result, the use of contract relief nursing is
    urgently required.  
    The Department of Health Canada requires the services of three
    Contractors for the provision and management of a workforce of
    nurses to supplement internal HC resources on an as and when
    requested basis, at different remote and isolated locations of
    First Nations in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec provinces. The
    contracted services will include primary health care and
    hospital nursing service requirements.
    The services provided by the Contractors will encompass the care
    of patients and the provision of assistance to medical doctors
    in the treatment of illness, the conduct of programs designed to
    promote health and prevent diseases, and the provision of
    advice.  The services may also include direct patient care to
    individuals, families and groups in the home and community,
    consultation, administration or research, dependent upon the
    demands of individual task authorization.
    The contract is expected to be awarded for a three-year initial
    period, plus five one-year option periods.
    This is not a bid solicitation. A contract will not result from
    this activity.  This RFI will not necessarily result in any
    procurement action.
    Responses are requested on April 10, 2013.
    This PWGSC office provides procurement services to the public in
    both official languages. Documents may be submitted in either
    official language. 
    In addition to the RFI process, the engagement process will also
    include an "Industry Engagement Session" followed by one-on-one
    "Industry Meetings". 
    Canada anticipates holding the Industry Engagement Session on
    April 22, 2013 and the Industry Meetings will be scheduled from
    April 23, 2013 to April 26, 2013. These sessions will be held in
    Ottawa and specific details about the location(s), and time(s)
    of the sessions will be provided directly to the registered
    industry participants prior to the Industry Engagement Session.
    Industry Engagement Session:
    The purpose of the Industry Engagement Session is to provide
    Industry and other interested parties " participants" with
    general information on the Health Canada requirement for nursing
    services for Remote and Isolated First Nations Communities, the
    consultative process and the process timelines. 
    One-on-One Industry Meetings:
    Following the Industry Engagement  Session, Canada will meet
    with Industry participants individually to listen to their
    concerns, recommendations and solutions. Canada will analyze and
    summarize industry input for further use during the final Bid
    Solicitation development phase or to identify topics that still
    need to be discussed at other consultation sessions, if
    Canada may, in its discretion, set up subsequent consultation
    mechanisms, including one-on-one meetings with the industry
    participants to follow up with additional questions, or for
    clarification of any aspect of their input.
    Participants that wish to attend the Industry Engagement Session
    and Industry Meetings are to register by notifying the PWGSC
    Contracting Authority, identified herein, by April 12, 2013. 
    Participants must identify themselves by their legal name,
    corporate address, the names of representatives attending by
    their respective title as well as their office address,
    telephone number(s) and e-mail address.  
    Please note that:
    Due to space limitations, interested participants are asked to
    limit the number of representatives to a maximum of 4 persons.  
    All attendees are encouraged to register and will be required to
    sign-in upon arrival to the venue.
    Interested participants are encouraged to provide written
    comments and recommendations on the draft Bid Solicitation,
    answer the list of Questions to Industry annexed to the RFI
    document and, if desired, suggest additional topics to the
    Contracting Authority they may wish to discuss at the one-on-one
    Attendees are responsible for their own transportation,
    accommodation, meals, parking and all other expenses.
    Participation is not a mandatory requirement. Not attending the
    Industry Engagement Session and the individual meetings will not
    preclude an interested Service Provider from submitting a bid.
     Media cannot participate in the one-on-one meetings.
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
    The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any
    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

    Contract duration

    Refer to the description above for full details.

    Trade agreements

    • Set-Aside Program for Aboriginal Business (SPAB)

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Contracting authority
    Benabdallah, Hana
    (819) 956-3333 ( )
    Place du Portage, Phase III, 12C1
    11 Laurier St./11 rue, Laurier
    Gatineau, Gatineau, K1A 0S5

    Buying organization(s)

    Health Canada
    Address Locator 0900C2
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9
    Bidding details

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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Information
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    Ontario (except NCR)
    Quebec (except NCR)
    Commodity - GSIN
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