“Together with my department, we have been working to increase access to procurement opportunities for Indigenous businesses. These contracts will not only help protect Canadians by providing them with disposable masks, but also increase Indigenous participation in federal procurement.”
The Honourable Anita Anand
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
As part of Canada’s plan to ensure a safe restart of the economy, PSPC launched a Request for Proposals to solicit interest strictly from Indigenous businesses to provide disposable masks.
The department received 233 proposals and awarded 7 contracts to the following companies:
- Kingaunmiut Services Ltd., from Kelowna, British Columbia
- Akkada Professional Services Inc. & Zernam Enterprise Inc. in joint venture, from Ottawa, Ontario
- Animal Marketing Inc., from Vancouver, British Columbia
- Integral Containment Systems, from Edmonton, Alberta
- Guardian Safety Training, from Trenton, Ontario
- Dreamline Canada, from Fort McMurray, Alberta
MiNi TiPi, from Gatineau, Quebec
Additional contracts resulting from this Request for Proposals may be awarded in the near future. Winning bids were selected first on lowest price, followed by technical evaluation. This was deemed the fairest and most transparent approach given the volume of the bids.
Approximately $68.5 million in contracts have been awarded to Indigenous businesses to date for requirements related to COVID-19.
In line with the Government of Canada’s socio-economic objectives and its COVID-19 long-term procurement strategy, PSPC will continue to foster the participation of Indigenous businesses in its procurement processes.