Local federal purchasing plummets in government's Q2

Mark Brownlee
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The largest buyer of goods and services in the National Capital Region cut its major purchases from local companies and organizations by more than half in its fiscal second quarter, according to OBJ records.

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The federal government awarded $392.08 million worth of work between July and September 2012 to firms in Ottawa and Gatineau, according to records published to the online tendering site Merx.

That compares to approximately $809.54 million during the same period a year earlier.

The analysis covers purchasing arrangements worth more than $100,000 and includes contracts, standing offers and supply arrangements.

The decrease in spending came despite the fact that the total number of such large deals went up. The government signed 227 purchasing agreements in its second quarter, compared to the 188 that were given out in 2011.

The top vendors for the quarter are:


1. Nasittuq Corp.

Total value: $44,112,803

Number of contracts: 1


Nasittuq was the winner of a contract for “non-mission” services at CFS Alert, a military base on Ellesmere Island in Canada’s arctic. The Department of National Defence was looking for a company to provide services such as food, maintenance of roads and grounds and vehicle maintenance for five years.


2. LS Telcom Ltd.

Total value: $37,593,033

Number of contracts: 1


Industry Canada signaled its intention to award a contract to LS Telcom, a radio spectrum management company, in February 2011. It was looking for a company to design a software program that would help evaluate applications for radio licensing and help coordinate various radio frequencies.


3. Excel Human Resources Inc.

Total value: $23,960,006

Number of contracts: 5


Among the wins for the local employment and staffing firm was to provide Citizenship and Immigration Canada with informatics professional services on an as-and-when-requested basis, including information management, information technology and project management support services.


4. Dalian Enterprises and Coradix Technology Consulting (joint venture)

Total value: $21,769,541

Number of contracts: 3


These two firms teamed up to also win a piece of the informatics professional services work up for grabs with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The solicitation was only open to those holding a task-based informatics professional services supply arrangement.


5. Nav Canada

Total value: $16,950,000

Number of contracts: 1


This was an extension of a previous contract, according to Ron Singer, the manager of media relations for Nav Canada. “It is for technical aeronautical publications and specialized data required for their pilots,” he wrote in an e-mail.



SIDEBAR: Top individual contracts in the federal government’s fiscal second quarter:


Nasittuq Corp. ($44,112,803)

LS Telcom Ltd. ($37,593,033)

Nav Canada ($16,950,000)

DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. ($12,323,920)

Motorola Solutions Canada Inc. ($11,158,750)

Systematix IT Solutions Inc. ($8,806,440)

Telesat Canada ($8,246,596)

Excel Human Resources Inc. ($8,212,575)

Dalian Enterprises and Coradix Technology Consulting (joint venture) ($8,124,114)

Canadian Pediatric Society ($8,021,474)

Organizations: LS Telcom Ltd., Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Coradix Technology Consulting Department of National Defence Nav Canada DRS Technologies Canada Motorola Solutions Canada Systematix IT Solutions Telesat Canada Excel Human Resources Canadian Pediatric Society

Geographic location: Canada, Ottawa, Gatineau Ellesmere Island

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