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October 2009

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NECI launches new eSeminars series

NECI has launched its Signature eSeminars - a cost-effective, convenient training option available to contract managers, procurement specialists and suppliers to the public sector.

Previously, NECI only delivered its award-winning seminars to organizations on a custom, in-house basis. With this new delivery format, individuals looking to update their skills and knowledge can now register for courses.

NECI has taken its most popular seminars in competitive contracting, procurement, negotiations and proposal management and packaged them into lively 2-hour eSeminars.

In response to requests from suppliers, NECI has designed two eSeminars to help them better understand how to respond to requests for proposals, tenders and other competitive processes.

The fall 2009 eSeminar schedule includes:

The Legal Edge LIVE! November 10
Competitive Contracting: It's the Law November 12
What's Law Got to Do With It? (for vendors) November 16
Tips and Tricks for Effective Contract Negotiations December 1
Proposal Management: A Vendor's Competitive Edge (for vendors) December 3

For more information contact Linda Saunders, President, NECI at lindasaunders@neci-legaledge.com or call 250-370-0041.

Edmonton's sustainable fleet initiative awarded government funding

On October 15, 2009, the City of Edmonton received a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant of $96,250 to develop a Sustainable Fleet Management Plan. The Green Municipal Fund is is an endowment financed by the Government of Canada and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments.

According to the news release, "in keeping with the City of Edmonton's commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and manage city operations in a sustainable manner, the Fleet Services Branch is developing the city's Sustainable Fleet Management Plan (SFMP). Developing the SFMP involves establishing baseline municipal fleet characteristics; reviewing vehicle purchasing, maintenance and disposal policies; investigating alternative fuel technology; and, assessing vehicle types and opportunities for right-sizing of the fleet. It is expected that implementing the SFMP will reduce the roughly 80,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases the municipal fleet produces annually to an estimated 23,000 tonnes. Additional environmental benefits as a result of the plan include improved local air quality and hazardous waste reductions."

PPP Canada Inc. promotes P3 contracting model

Established in March 2007 as an independent Crown corporation, PPP Canada Inc. is the federal government's public-private partnerships (P3) office. Modeled on several existing provincial organizations such as those in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, the organization will work to encourage the further development of Canada's P3 marketplace. Its Chief Executive Officer is John McBride and its board consists of expert representatives from many provinces. PPP Canada will advise the federal government on the execution of P3 projects, and will assess P3 options for major projects that seek funding from federal infrastructure programs. As has been identified over several years of P3-type contracts, the perceived benefits of using the P3 contracting model include access to private-sector capital, expertise and innovation; greater certainty of on-time completion of the project; and the transfer of certain risks to the private sector.

On September 15, 2009, PPP Canada launched the $1.25 billion P3 Canada Fund with the issuance of a Round One call for project submissions. The deadline for Round One submissions is October 30 and a guide to submissions can be found at www.p3canada.ca. Projects from provinces, territories, municipalities and First Nations are eligible.

One of the first projects the federal government is considering under the P3 model will be the construction of a new, state-of-the-art building (Phase II) in Ottawa for the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC). A competitive bidding process will be used to determine the best proponent. The CSEC project includes facilities management and life cycle replacement costs over a 30-year period. Longer contract periods are typical to P3 agreements and place different contract management demands on the public sector partner than would be found in short-term construction projects.

EllisDon of Ottawa is to have completed construction of Phase I in early 2011. Following the new contract award, construction for Phase II is planned to begin in early 2011.

"Building" a modern Canadian Forces

The Government of Canada has invested close to $300 million in 11 infrastructure projects at CFB Kingston and the Royal Military College (RMC), Kingston. According to the October 13, 2009 news release, "this infrastructure falls within the Canada First Defence Strategy, which sets a detailed road map for the modernization of the Canadian Forces."

The projects include:

  1. All Ranks Dining Facility - A construction contract was awarded to Ross Clair Construction, of Toronto, Ont., for $13.3 million to provide additional dining room space to support the increased number of personnel at the base for training.
  2. Vimy Training Quarters - A contract was awarded to R.E. Hein Construction Ltd, of Ottawa, Ont., for $8.6 million to construct accommodations equipped with 97 beds for trainees and augmentation personnel. Construction is scheduled for completion in fall 2009.
  3. Training Accommodations - A design contract was awarded to GRC Architects, of Ottawa, Ont., for $688,914 that involves the construction of a 99-unit/room facility at CFB Kingston. The construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2010 and be completed by fall 2011.
  4. Line Training Facility - A design contract was recently awarded to JP2G from Ottawa, Ont., for $300,000 for a facility that enables the School of Communication and Electronics to provide training for both domestic and deployed forces. This project is expected to begin by spring 2010, and is anticipated to be complete by winter 2010.
  5. Renovation of the Basement of Mackenzie Building - A contract was awarded to WEMP & Smith Construction of Kingston, Ont., for $1.6 million for renovations that will provide space for administrative offices, general-purpose classrooms as well as a meeting room. Construction should be completed by November 2009.
  6. Vimy Electrical Substation - This project includes a new electrical substation to provide power to the Vimy side of CFB Kingston and meet future demands for power as a result of newly planned infrastructure at CFB Kingston. Construction was completed in winter 2008.
  7. Security and Access Control - RMC -PENDER Lock and Security was awarded the contract valued at $2.9 million for this three-phased project that provides security cameras and access control to dormitories, academic buildings, administrative buildings and public access systems at RMC Kingston. Phases 1 and 2 are completed. Phase 3 began in spring 2009; completion is anticipated in winter 2010.
  8. Upgrades to Municipal Works, Lance and Red Patch Avenues - Gordon Barr Limited from Kingston Ont. held the $1.3 million contract for upgrades to municipal works which includes work on the roads, water mains, sanitary sewers, streetlights, and other related items such as hydrants, water valves, water meters, sewer manholes and storm sewer structures. Work began in summer 2008 and was completed in spring 2009.
  9. Renovation of the RMC Academic Complex - A design contract was awarded to JL Richards of Ottawa, Ont., for approximately $2 million for a six- phased project to renovate the RMC Kingston academic complex, providing a new insulated exterior, and upgrades to the mechanical systems and structures at the Sawyer Complex and Girouard buildings. This project is planned to begin in the fall 2009 and is expected to be complete by fall 2016.
  10. Renovation of RMC Dormitories - This five-phased renovation project includes the renovation of RMC dormitories, including upgrades to the building's electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, the replacement of windows, and the installation of a sprinkler fire protection system. Construction of the fifth and final phase is expected to start spring 2010, and be complete by winter 2011. (Phases 1 through 4 are complete.) A contract is now being put out to tender.
  11. Construction of a Health Services Centre - In accordance with the federal Green Building Policy, this project will meet facility requirements to provide comprehensive medical and dental services for the base, cadets, and staff. Construction is expected to begin early 2010 and be completed in late 2012. A construction contract has not yet been awarded.

Federal government makes room for West Block renovations

According to an October 16, 2009 the federal government contracted "PCL Constructors Canada Inc. of Nepean, Ontario, to carry out interior renovations and construction at 1 Rideau Canal in Ottawa.

The $11,493,859 (GST excluded) project, funded by Canada's Economic Action Plan, will see the construction of four parliamentary committee rooms and ancillary space. This will allow the West Block to be completely vacated four years earlier than planned and advance the renovation schedule… The work on the building at 1 Rideau Canal will begin in the fall of 2009 and be completed by fall 2010."

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia gets CAF funding for downtown core

In mid-October 2009 Bridgewater, Nova Scotia received an investment of $404,416 through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, to support the phase I revitalization of the LaHave River Waterfront and the downtown core. Phase I will include site upgrades and the installation of a fountain in the King Street Court Park as well as a floating gazebo, gangway ramp, stairs, and look off point, site furniture, and interpretive panels and signage.

For information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

BizPal opens in 16 New Brunswick communities

BizPaL is an online (can be accessed by phone or at in-person centres as well) business permit and licence service for business people by helping them identify which permits and licences they require and how to obtain them. Once the entrepreneur has identified the type of business they want to open or operate, BizPaL then automatically generates a list of all required permits and licences from all levels of government, along with basic information on each, and links to government sites where the entrepreneur can learn more and, in some cases, apply online. This unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local governments is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter.

The City of Moncton, the Province of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada developed the the BizPaL service in the City of Moncton and surrounding communities of Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, Fredericton, Miramichi, Saint John, Caraquet, Dalhousie, Grand Bay-Westfield, Oromocto, Quispamsis, Rothesay, Tracadie-Sheila and the Village of Neguac. New Brunswick plans to continue expanding the BizPaL service to other areas of the province. The service can be accessed through
the Service New Brunswick BizPaL website.


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