Aboriginal Considerations in the Procurement Process

Parsons Inc. (“Parsons” or “Prime Contractor”) is the Prime Contractor for the Main Construction Management Services project as issued by the Government of Canada (GoC) for the Giant Mine Remediation Project (GMRP). Parsons is committed to ensuring procurement will be conducted in a fair, open and transparent manner while addressing Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement commitments and GoC’s procurement objectives regarding Aboriginal and local northern opportunities.

Parsons applies "Aboriginal Opportunities Consideration" (AOC), to all requests for proposal (RFP) and invitations to tender (ITT). AOC gives consideration in the evaluation of proposals or bids to the inclusion of Aboriginal employment, training and subcontracting. Bidders are required to submit a completed AOC certification as part of their proposal/bid (Offering). The AOC is worth 15 percent of a total bid's scoring. Bidders must ensure that their Offering contains enough AOC documentation and information to enable the Evaluation Committee to complete its evaluation. Parsons provides AOC forms that bidders can use to prepare their AOC documents to be included in their Offering.

Proof of AOC efforts and/or guarantees made by the Offeror must include, but not be limited to, the names of persons or companies hired, trained or contracted, and the nature of the undertakings at the time of the submission as applicable. Offerors are only eligible to receive points for demonstrated commitments. Offerors must include all reference material to be considered. Only material and/or documents submitted in the Offering will be considered. URL links to website will not be considered. According to the AOC technical criteria, points are awarded for four different categories, as follows:

  1. Head Office of the bidder (5/100 points)
  2. Aboriginal Training hours (15/100 points)
  3. Aboriginal Labour as a percentage of total labour hours (40/100 points)
  4. Aboriginal Procurement through subcontractors and/or suppliers as a percentage of total procurement (40/100 points)

Head Office - Bidder has an office located in Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè area (local area).

Aboriginal Training - Commitments and firm guarantees for Aboriginal training hours.

Aboriginal Employment - Commitments and firm guarantees for Aboriginal labour hours as a percentage of total labour hours.

Aboriginal Subcontractors, Suppliers - . Bidder has provided a plan demonstrating the proposed approach to utilizing local area Aboriginal subcontractors and/or suppliers The plan should include but not be limited to: potential subcontractors and suppliers, list of existing available local area Aboriginal subcontractors and suppliers, and outreach to them.

Parsons reserves the right to verify any information provided in the AOC guarantee and that untrue statements may result in the Offering being declared non-responsive.