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