Solicitation number 08349-140092/A

Publication date

Closing date and time 2015/06/29 14:00 EDT

    Trade Agreement: NAFTA/AIT/Canada FTAs with Peru/Colombia/Panama
    Tendering Procedures: 
    Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Nature of Requirements: 
    Foreign Language Training, Testing and Related Services for the
    Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development 
    Solicitation No.: 		08349-140092/A
    Contracting Officer: 	Jenny Lamoureux
    Telephone number: 	819-956-9112
    Fax number:		819-956-9235
    The Centre for Foreign Languages and Intercultural Learning
    (CFSL) is part of the Canadian Foreign Service Institute (CFSI)
    in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
    (DFATD) and provides language training and testing in a number
    of foreign languages to DFATD staff and their eligible
    dependants, other personnel from federal, provincial and
    municipal governments in Canada, foreign governments, and
    non-governmental organizations.
    CFSL delivers its training mandate through a variety of language
    training programs, each consisting of courses with separate
    objectives aimed at trainees with different levels of linguistic
    proficiency in a foreign language.
    CFSL has a requirement for professional services in order to
    provide foreign language training and related services to its
    clients in the National Capital Region, throughout Canada, the
    United States and overseas. The training may be either full or
    part time, in group or individual sessions, distance or on-site,
    in classrooms provided primarily by CFSL and at times in
    classrooms provided by the Offeror.
    The Offeror could be called to offer services including:
    •	Language Training Services 
    •	Language Proficiency Testing Services 
    •	Course update, design and development
    •	Test update, design and development
    •	Foreign Language Learning Product design and development
    •	Research and Strategic Advisory Services Related to Foreign
    Language Training and Testing
    •	Ancillary Services
    In the past, CFSL has engaged the services of foreign language
    training service providers through a competitive Request for
    Proposal process with the goal of awarding a contract. The
    current contract for foreign language training services will end
    in spring 2016. In order to renew these services, CFSL is
    planning for the first time to issue a Standing Offer. In
    addition to issuing a Standing Offer, several additional related
    services have been added to the requirement to best meet CFSL's
    various needs.
    The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is for the
    Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to
    seek feedback from interested companies, understand the current
    market and what they can offer as well as address any missing or
    incorrect information.
    The main objectives of this RFI are to:
    a)	determine the interest and capability of suppliers and
    offerors to provide services described in this RFI;
    b)	provide the industry with an early opportunity to assess
    DFATD's requirement and provide comments on the statement of
    work and technical criteria; 
    c)	Solicit feedback and recommendations on any issues that would
    impact a supplier's or an offeror's ability to fulfill DFATD's
    requirement; and
    d)	Solicit industry knowledge and expertise with regard to best
    practices that would increase the likelihood of a successful
    outcome for this project.
    e)	Solicit industry feedback on the proposed Standing Offer tool.
    This RFI contains a draft statement of work and draft technical
    criteria. These documents remains a work in progress and it is
    possible that requirements will be added to any Request for
    Standing Offer issued by Canada. It is also possible that some
    requirements will be deleted or revised. All respondents are
    asked to provide us with their observations regarding any
    element contained in this RFI. Respondents are also asked to
    answer the questions listed in Section 4. 
    Should respondents consider that the content contained in the
    draft statement of work and draft technical criteria could be
    improved technically or technologically, respondents are invited
    to make suggestions, in writing, to the Contracting Authority
    named herein.  Respondents must clearly outline the suggested
    improvement as well as the reasons for the suggestion. 
    Suggestions that do not restrict the level of competition nor
    favour a particular respondent may be given consideration
    provided they are submitted to the Contracting Authority in
    accordance with the article entitled "Enquiries" found below.
    Canada will have the right to accept or reject any or all
    Respondents should submit only pertinent information in response
    to this request. The inclusion of general marketing or technical
    manuals is discouraged unless they are used to provide specific
    information that has been requested in this document.
    There are no security requirements associated with responding to
    this RFI. 
    Any future procurement actions undertaken in support of this
    requirement may require suppliers or offerors to hold the
    security clearance outlined in Appendix C - Security
    Requirements Check List. All companies that are interested in
    this requirement are encouraged to review all security
    requirements in detail. If interested companies do not meet the
    specified security requirements then they are encouraged to
    contact the Contracting Authority to initiate sponsorship.
    For more information about security requirements governing
    contracts, visit the Industrial Security Program Web site at the
    following address:
    If this RFI leads to a future Request for Standing Offer, PWGSC
    proposes the following schedule:
    Posting of the Request for Standing Offer:  September 2015 
    Complete evaluations of the offers:  November 2015
    Issuance of the Standing Offer:  December 2015
    Start of service delivery:  Upon signature of contract or
    depending on client requirements
    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

    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

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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
    Lamoureux, Jenny
    (819) 956-9112 ( )
    (819) 956-9235
    11 Laurier St. / 11, rue Laurier
    10C1/Place du Portage, Phase III
    Gatineau, Québec, K1A 0S5

    Buying organization(s)

    Foreign Affairs, Trade And Development (Department Of)
    125 Sussex Dr
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0G2
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