CRA seeks up to $50M in security guard services

Elizabeth Howell
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The Canada Revenue Agency is consolidating all of its regional guard services into one five-year national contract worth up to $50 million.

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The proponent will be selected on a basis of both technical merit and price, according to documents published on Merx, a procurement site commonly used by the federal government.

CRA seeks four types of services: guards at post, escort guards, alarm response guards and preventive patrol guards. The published budget for the contract is between $25 million and $50 million.

Three locations in Ottawa are included: 2204 Walkley Rd., 875 Heron Rd. and 2215 Gladwin Cres.

"Consolidation of these services will not only streamline the procurement process but will standardize security guard, alarm response, preventative response, and escort guard services," noted spokesperson Philippe Brideau in an e-mail to OBJ.

The winning proponent must also purchase insurance to cover such items as employee dishonesty, personal injury and contractural liability, the tender documents stated.

Among other qualifications, the security guards must be trained in first aid and meet Canadian General Standards Board requirements.

The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires guards most federal facilities in the national capital. It received a $368-million contract from Public Works in 2010, although the security services firm has said the call-up value is much less.

The CRA noted that standing offer includes only guards at posts and escort guards, but referred further questions about the Commissionaires contract to Public Works.

Public Works did not respond to questions asking why the CRA is not currently covered by the Commissionaires standing offer.

Bids for this contract are due Dec. 21.

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Recent comments

  • Frank Ly
    December 08, 2011 - 11:38

    Oh, and another thing, will more English speaking Security types be excluded from work? The fairness in language fairness has tipped towards exclusion of the majority in this country.

  • Frank Ly
    December 08, 2011 - 11:35

    Only large nationwide Security companies can perform these requirements limiting the pool of bids. A base salary above minimum needs to be put in place to hire appropiate / trained people. Ontario and other provinces have basic training and licensing in place for contract and inhouse security, is that in the documents? The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires have first right of refusal for government security contracts because of the goal of providing ex military with work, is it time to readdress that?

  • daveM
    December 07, 2011 - 15:56

    The real need for security is the computer network, I wonder if they will be hiring people soon to deal with the vulnerabilities in the network that put the privacy of Canadians at risk.