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ITQ: Canadian Immigration Biometric Identification System (CIBIDS)

Solicitation number B8986-180075/B

Publication date

Closing date and time 2019/12/06 14:00 EST

    Trade Agreement: NONE
    Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
    Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall  Proposal
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Nature of Requirements: 
    Canadian Immigration Biometric Identification System (CIBIDS)
    Invitation to Qualify (ITQ)
    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are jointly responsible for the delivery of Canadas Immigration Program. In accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), IRCC and CBSA work together to manage the movement of people across and within Canadas borders. Among the issues addressed by these departments are the deterrence of illegal migration, prevention of entry to Canada of persons identified under IRPA as inadmissible (e.g. immigration violators, criminals, people involved in war crimes or crimes against humanity, etc.), and detention and removal of inadmissible persons from Canada.
    Due to a global rise in identity fraud and the use of ever more sophisticated means to evade detection, a key challenge in Canadas immigration program is identifying applicants and managing their identity with confidence. Identity is at the heart of all decisions taken by IRCC abroad and by CBSA at ports of entry. These decisions form the first line of defence against individuals who pose a criminal or security threat to Canadian society and economic migrants who seek to take advantage of Canadas high standard of living. Further, because these decisions are relied upon by other federal, provincial and territorial departments to grant documents and benefits such as health care, there are important downstream implications if identity is not established with confidence at the outset.
    To address these challenges, IRCC announced that they would begin biometrics collection for the Temporary Resident Program in 2009. In early 2012, a contract was signed for the development of the Temporary Resident Biometrics Program (TRBP), the project that would become the Canadian Immigration Biometric Identification System (CIBIDS), and the first official fingerprints were enrolled in 2013. The project is now known as the Canadian Immigration Biometric Identification System (CIBIDS).
    This procurement will replace the current contract (B8184-100130/001/XQ) which was awarded on February 3, 2012. 
    Scope of Procurement: Maintenance and Support Services. 
    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a requirement for the maintenance and support services of the Canadian Immigration Biometric Identity Systems (CIBIDS) that provides a reliable and accurate tool for establishing and confirming a person’s identity throughout the immigration continuum, being an integral component of immigration and border decision-making processes. The CIBIDS comprises a Front-End solution used to collect biographical and biometric data from IRCC clients, and a Back-End solution responsible for the validation, transformation and communication of the information to downstream systems.
    This ITQ is being issued by PSPC. It is intended that the contract resulting from any subsequent solicitation would be used by IRCC to provide maintenance and support services for the CIBIDS. Please refer to Annex A : Statement of Work for more detailed information on the requirement.
    Number of Contracts:
    PSPC is currently contemplating the award of one (1) contract.
    Term of Resulting Contract
    The term of the resulting contract will be for a period of two (2.5) and a half years, plus twelve (12) options periods of six (6) months each, for a total of up to eight and a half (8.5) years. It is anticipated PSPC will award the contract in early fall 2020 and the operational period of the maintenance and support services will begin May 2021.
    Security Requirement:
    This ITQ contains a security requirement.
    National Security Exception:
    The National Security Exceptions provided for in the trade agreements have been invoked to exempt the procurement of all professional services and technology solutions in relation to the Canadian Immigration, Biometrics Identification System from the provisions of all of
    Canada’s trade agreements, current and future, including the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement, Article III(1), the North American Free Trade Agreement, Article 1018(1); and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Article 801.
    Therefore, this Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) and any subsequent procurement activities during the CIBIDS Procurement Process, including but not limited to solicitations and resulting contracts, are excluded from all of the obligations under all of Canada’s trade agreements.
    Inquiries and Submissions:
    Inquiries regarding this ITQ are to be submitted to the contracting officer below.
    Rachel Kane
    Public Services and Procurement Canada 
    Special Procurement Initiatives Directorate 
    The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
    The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

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    Trade agreements

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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
    Kane, Rachel
    (613) 406-9182 ( )
    Terrasses de la Chaudière 4th Floor
    10 Wellington Street
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5

    Buying organization(s)

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Bidding details

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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Proposal
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    Ontario (except NCR)
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Open Bidding
    Selection criteria
    Highest Combined Rating of Technical Merit and Price

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