General Conditions - Professional Services - Long Form Contract - Part I

01 Interpretation

In the Contract, unless the context otherwise requires:

"Articles of Agreement"
means the clauses and conditions incorporated in full text or incorporated by reference from the Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions Manual to form the body of the Contract; it does not include these general conditions, any supplemental general conditions, annexes, the Contractor's bid or any other document;
"Canada", "Crown", "Her Majesty" or "the Government"
means Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Justice and any other person duly authorized to act on behalf of that minister;
means the Articles of Agreement, these general conditions, any supplemental general conditions, annexes and any other document specified or referred to as forming part of the Contract, all as amended by agreement of the Parties from time to time;
"Contracting Authority"
means the person designated by that title in the Contract, or by notice to the Contractor, to act as Canada's representative to manage the Contract;
means the person, entity or entities named in the Contract to supply goods, services or both to Canada;
"Contract Price"
means the amount stated in the Contract to be payable to the Contractor for the Work, exclusive of Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax;
means cost determined according to Contract Cost Principles 1031-2 as revised to the date of the bid solicitation or, if there was no bid solicitation, the date of the Contract;
"Government Property"
means anything supplied to the Contractor by or on behalf of Canada for the purposes of performing the Contract and anything acquired by the Contractor in any manner in connection with the Work, the cost of which is paid by Canada under the Contract;
means Canada, the Contractor, or any other signatory to the Contract and "Parties" means all of them;
means the description of the essential, functional or technical requirements of the Work in the Contract, including the procedures for determining whether the requirements have been met;
means all the activities, services, goods, equipment, matters and things required to be done, delivered or performed by the Contractor under the Contract.

02 Powers of Canada

All rights, remedies, powers and discretions granted or acquired by Canada under the Contract or by law are cumulative, not exclusive.

03 Status of the Contractor

The Contractor is an independent contractor engaged by Canada to perform the Work. Nothing in the Contract is intended to create a partnership, a joint venture or an agency between Canada and the other Party or Parties. The Contractor must not represent itself as an agent or representative of Canada to anyone. Neither the Contractor nor any of its personnel is engaged as an employee or agent of Canada. The Contractor is responsible for all deductions and remittances required by law in relation to its employees.

04 Incapacity to Contract with Government

It is a term of this contract that the Contractor and any of the Contractor's employee assigned to the performance of the contract are in compliance with Section 748 of the Criminal Code of Canada which prohibits anyone who has been convicted of an offence under :

From holding a public office, contracting with the government or receiving a benefit from a government contract, unless the Governor in Council has restored (in whole or in part) these capacities to the individual or the individual has received a pardon.

05 Conduct of the Work

  1. The Contractor represents and warrants that:
    1. it is competent to perform the Work;
    2. it has everything necessary to perform the Work, including the resources, facilities, labour, technology, equipment, and materials; and
    3. it has the necessary qualifications, including knowledge, skill, know-how and experience, and the ability to use them effectively to perform the Work.
  2. The Contractor must:
    1. perform the Work diligently and efficiently;
    2. except for Government Property, supply everything necessary to perform the Work;
    3. use, as a minimum, quality assurance procedures, inspections and controls generally used and recognized by the industry to ensure the degree of quality required by the Contract;
    4. select and employ on the Work a sufficient number of qualified people;
    5. perform the Work in accordance with standards of quality acceptable to Canada and in full conformity with the Specifications and all the requirements of the Contract;
    6. provide effective and efficient supervision to ensure that the quality of workmanship meets the requirements of the Contract.
  3. The Work must not be performed by any person who, in the opinion of Canada, is incompetent, unsuitable or has been conducting himself/ herself improperly.
  4. All services performed under the Contract must, at the time of acceptance, be free from defects in workmanship and conform to the requirements of the Contract. If the Contractor is required to correct or replace the Work or any part of the Work, it will be at no cost to Canada.
  5. Canada's facilities, equipment and personnel are not available to the Contractor to perform the Work unless the Contract specifically provides for it. The Contractor is responsible for advising the Contracting Authority in advance if it requires access to Canada's facilities, equipment or personnel to perform the Work. The Contractor must comply and ensure that its employees and subcontractors comply with all security measures, standing orders, policies or other rules in force at the site where the Work is performed.
  6. Unless the Contracting Authority orders the Contractor to suspend the Work or part of the Work pursuant to section 27, the Contractor must not stop or suspend the Work or part of the Work pending the settlement of any dispute between the Parties about the Contract.
  7. The Contractor must provide all reports that are required by the Contract and any other information that Canada may reasonably require from time to time.
  8. The Contractor is fully responsible for performing the Work. Canada will not be responsible for any negative consequences or extra costs if the Contractor follows any advice given by Canada unless the Contracting Authority provides the advice to the Contractor in writing and includes a statement specifically relieving the Contractor of any responsibility for negative consequences or extra costs that might result from following the advice.

06 Indemnification

  1. The Contractor shall indemnify and save harmless the Minister and the Department of Justice from and against all claims, losses, damages, costs, expenses, actions and other proceedings, made, sustained, brought, prosecuted, threatened to be brought or prosecuted, in any manner based upon, occasioned by or attributable to any injury to or death of a person or damage to or loss of property arising from any wilful or negligent act, omission or delay on the part of the Contractor, the Contractor's servants or agents in performing the work or as a result of the work.
  2. The Contractor shall indemnify the Minister and the Department of Justice for all costs, charges and expenses whatsoever that the Minister of the invention claimed in a patent, or infringement or alleged infringement of any patent or any registered industrial design or an copyright resulting from the performance of the Contractor's obligations under the contract, and in respect of the use of or disposal by the Minister of anything furnished pursuant to the contract.
  3. The Contractor's liability to indemnify or reimburse the Minister under the contract shall not affect or prejudice the Minister from exercising any other rights under law.

07 Subcontracts

  1. Except as provided in subsection 2, the Contractor must obtain the Contracting Authority's written consent before subcontracting or permitting the subcontracting of any part of the Work. A subcontract includes a contract entered into by any subcontractor at any tier to perform any part of the Work.
  2. The Contractor is not required to obtain consent for subcontracts specifically authorized in the Contract. The Contractor may also without the consent of the Contracting Authority:
    1. purchase "off-the-shelf" items and any standard articles and materials that are ordinarily produced by manufacturers in the normal course of business;
    2. subcontract any incidental services that would ordinarily be subcontracted in performing the Work;
    3. in addition to purchases and services referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b), subcontract any part or parts of the Work to one or more subcontractors up to a total value of 10 percent of the Contract Price; and
    4. permit its subcontractors at any tier to make purchases or subcontract as permitted in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c).
  3. In any subcontract other than a subcontract referred to in paragraph 2.(a), the Contractor must, unless the Contracting Authority agrees in writing, ensure that the subcontractor is bound by conditions compatible with and, in the opinion of the Contracting Authority, not less favourable to Canada than the conditions of the Contract.
  4. Even if Canada consents to a subcontract, the Contractor is responsible for performing the Contract and Canada is not responsible to any subcontractor. The Contractor is responsible for any matters or things done or provided by any subcontractor under the Contract and for paying any subcontractors for any part of the Work they perform.

08 Specifications

  1. All Specifications provided by Canada or on behalf of Canada to the Contractor in connection with the Contract belong to Canada and must be used by the Contractor only for the purpose of performing the Work.
  2. If the Contract provides that Specifications furnished by the Contractor must be approved by Canada, that approval will not relieve the Contractor of its responsibility to meet all requirements of the Contract.

09 Replacement of Specific Individuals

  1. If specific individuals are identified in the Contract to perform the Work, the Contractor must provide the services of those individuals unless the Contractor is unable to do so for reasons beyond its control.
  2. If the Contractor is unable to provide the services of any specific individual identified in the Contract, it must provide a replacement with similar qualifications and experience. The replacement must meet the criteria used in the selection of the Contractor and be acceptable to Canada. The Contractor must, as soon as possible, give notice to the Contracting Authority of the reason for replacing the individual and provide:
    1. the name, qualifications and experience of the proposed replacement; and
    2. proof that the proposed replacement has the required security clearance granted by Canada, if applicable.
  3. The Contractor must not, in any event, allow performance of the Work by unauthorized replacement persons. The Contracting Authority may order that a replacement stop performing the Work. In such a case, the Contractor must immediately comply with the order and secure a further replacement in accordance with subsection 2. The fact that the Contracting Authority does not order that a replacement stop performing the Work does not relieve the Contractor from its responsibility to meet the requirements of the Contract.

10 Time of the Essence

It is essential that the Work be performed within or at the time stated in the Contract.

11 Excusable Delay

  1. A delay in the performance by the Contractor of any obligation under the Contract that is caused by an event that
    1. is beyond the reasonable control of the Contractor,
    2. could not reasonably have been foreseen,
    3. could not reasonably have been prevented by means reasonably available to the Contractor, and
    4. occurred without the fault or neglect of the Contractor,
    will be considered an "Excusable Delay" if the Contractor advises the Contracting Authority of the occurrence of the delay or of the likelihood of the delay as soon as the Contractor becomes aware of it. The Contractor must also advise the Contracting Authority, within fifteen (15) working days, of all the circumstances relating to the delay and provide to the Contracting Authority for approval a clear work around plan explaining in detail the steps that the Contractor proposes to take in order to minimize the impact of the event causing the delay.
  2. Any delivery date or other date that is directly affected by an Excusable Delay will be postponed for a reasonable time that will not exceed the duration of the Excusable Delay.
  3. However, if an Excusable Delay has continued for thirty (30) days or more, the Contracting Authority may, by giving notice in writing to the Contractor, terminate the Contract. In such a case, the Parties agree that neither will make any claim against the other for damages, costs, expected profits or any other loss arising out of the termination or the event that contributed to the Excusable Delay. The Contractor agrees to repay immediately to Canada the portion of any advance payment that is unliquidated at the date of the termination.
  4. Unless Canada has caused the delay by failing to meet an obligation under the Contract, Canada will not be responsible for any costs incurred by the Contractor or any of its subcontractors or agents as a result of an Excusable Delay.
  5. If the Contract is terminated under this Section, the Contracting Authority may require the Contractor to deliver to Canada, in the manner and to the extent directed by the Contracting Authority, any completed parts of the Work not delivered and accepted before the termination and anything that the Contractor has acquired or produced specifically to perform the Contract. Canada will pay the Contractor:
    1. the value, of all completed parts of the Work delivered to and accepted by Canada, based on the Contract Price, including the proportionate part of the Contractor's profit or fee included in the Contract Price; and
    2. the Cost to the Contractor that Canada considers reasonable in respect of anything else delivered to and accepted by Canada.
    The total amount paid by Canada under the Contract to the date of termination and any amounts payable under this subsection must not exceed the Contract Price.

12 Inspection and Acceptance of the Work

  1. All the Work is subject to inspection and acceptance by Canada. Inspection and acceptance of the Work by Canada do not relieve the Contractor of its responsibility for defects or other failures to meet the requirements of the Contract. Canada will have the right to reject any Work that is not in accordance with the requirements of the Contract and require its correction or replacement at the Contractor's expense.
  2. The Contractor must provide representatives of Canada access to all locations where any part of the Work is being performed at any time during working hours. Representatives of Canada may make examinations and such tests of the Work as they may think fit. The Contractor must provide all assistance and facilities, test pieces, samples and documentation that the representatives of Canada may reasonably require for the carrying out of the inspection. The Contractor must forward such test pieces and samples to such person or location as Canada specifies.
  3. The Contractor must inspect and approve any part of the Work before submitting it for acceptance or delivering it to Canada. The Contractor must keep accurate and complete inspection records that must be made available to Canada on request. Representatives of Canada may make copies and take extracts of the records during the performance of the Contract and for up to three (3) years after the end of the Contract.

13 Security and Protection of the Work

  1. Notwithstanding the Validity Date of the contract, it is a precondition of the contract that the Contractor have a Security Clearance at the level designated for work assignment. The Contractor shall take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that its performance of the work, in accordance with the provisions of the contract, adheres to all requirements of this Security Clearance level. The Minister may, at any time, conduct an examination of the Contractor's premises, documents and records to verify whether the Contractor is complying with the security requirements of the contract.

14 Invoice Submission

  1. Invoices must be submitted in the Contractor's name. The Contractor must submit invoices for each delivery or shipment; invoices must only apply to the Contract. Each invoice must indicate whether it covers partial or final delivery.
  2. Invoices must show:
    1. the date, the name and address of the client department, item or reference numbers, deliverable and/or description of the Work, contract number, Client Reference Number (CRN), Procurement Business Number (PBN), and financial code(s);
    2. details of expenditures in accordance with the Basis of Payment, exclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) (such as item, quantity, unit of issue, unit price, fixed time labour rates and level of effort, subcontracts, as applicable);
    3. deduction for holdback, if applicable;
    4. the extension of the totals, if applicable; and
    5. if applicable, the method of shipment together with date, case numbers and part or reference numbers, shipment charges and any other additional charges.
  3. If applicable, the GST or HST must be specified on all invoices as a separate item. All items that are zero-rated, exempt or to which the GST or HST does not apply, must be identified as such on all invoices.
  4. By submitting an invoice, the Contractor certifies that the invoice is consistent with the Work delivered and is in accordance with the Contract.

15 End of Fiscal Year Invoice

Notwithstanding the Payment Schedule, each year on or about March 31, the Contractor will, at the request of the Project Authority, submit an end-of-the-year invoice corresponding to the value of the total work performed during the year preceding that date less any amounts previously paid or invoiced during such year.

All subsequent payment(s) payable pursuant to the Payment Schedule contained in the contract will be reduced by any amount which could have been paid pursuant to this clause.

16 Taxes

  1. Municipal Taxes

    Municipal Taxes do not apply.

  2. Provincial Taxes

    1. Excluding legislated exceptions, federal government departments and agencies are not required to pay any sales tax payable to the province in which the taxable goods or services are delivered. This exemption has been provided to federal government departments and agencies under the authority of one of the following:
      1. Provincial Sales Tax (PST) Exemption Licence Numbers, for the provinces of:
        • Prince Edward Island OP-10000-250
        • Ontario 11708174G
        • Manitoba 390-516-0
        • British Columbia R005521
      2. for Quebec, Saskatchewan, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, an Exemption Certification, which certifies that the goods or services purchased are not subject to the provincial/ territorial sales and consumption taxes because they are purchased by the federal government with Canada funds for the use of the federal government.
    2. Currently, in Alberta, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, there is no general PST. However, if a PST is introduced in Alberta, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut, the sales tax exemption certificate would be required on the purchasing document.
    3. Federal departments are required to pay the HST in the participating provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
    4. The Contractor is not exempt from paying PST under the above Exemption Licence Numbers or Exemption Certification. The Contractor must pay the PST on taxable goods or services used or consumed in the performance of the Contract (in accordance with applicable provincial legislation), including material incorporated into real property.
  3. Changes to Taxes and Duties

    If there is any change to any tax or duty payable to any level of government in Canada after the bid submission date that affects the costs of the Work to the Contractor, the Contract Price will be adjusted to reflect the increase or decrease in the cost to the Contractor. However, there will be no adjustment for any change that increases the cost of the Work to the Contractor if public notice of the change was given before bid submission date in sufficient detail to have permitted the Contractor to calculate the effect of the change on its cost. There will be no adjustment if the change takes effect after the date required by the Contract for delivery of the Work.

  4. GST or HST

    The estimated GST or HST, if applicable, is included in the total estimated cost on page 1 of the Contract. The GST or HST is not included in the Contract Price but will be paid by Canada as provided in the Invoice Submission section above. The Contractor agrees to remit to Canada Revenue Agency any amounts of GST and HST paid or due.

  5. Tax Withholding of 15 Percent

    Pursuant to the Income Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 1 (5th Supp.), Canada must withhold an amount of 15 percent of the price to be paid to the Contractor in respect of services provided in Canada if the Contractor is a non- resident. This amount will be held on account with respect to any liability which may be owed to Canada.

17 Transportation Charges

If transportation charges are payable by Canada under the Contract and the Contractor makes the transportation arrangements, shipments must be made by the most direct and economical means consistent with normal shipping practice. The charges must be shown as a separate item on the invoice. The federal government's policy of underwriting its own risks precludes payment of insurance or valuation charges for transportation beyond the point at which ownership of goods passes to the federal government (determined by the FOB point or Incoterms). Where increased carrier liability is available without charge, the Contractor must obtain the increased liability for shipment.

18 Payment Period

  1. Canada's standard payment period is thirty (30) days. The payment period is measured from the date an invoice in acceptable form and content is received in accordance with the Contract or the date the Work is delivered in acceptable condition as required in the Contract, whichever is later. A payment is considered overdue on the 31st day following that date and interest will be paid automatically in accordance with the section 16.
  2. If the content of the invoice and its substantiating documentation are not in accordance with the Contract or the Work is not in acceptable condition, Canada will notify the Contractor within fifteen (15) days of receipt. The 30-day payment period begins upon receipt of the revised invoice or the replacement or corrected Work. Failure by Canada to notify the Contractor within fifteen (15) days will only result in the date specified in subsection 1 to apply for the sole purpose of calculating interest on overdue accounts.