Procurement Glossary

Complaint A complaint filed with the Tribunal by a potential supplier concerning any aspect of the procurement process that relates to a designated contract and requesting that the Tribunal conduct an inquiry into the complaint.
Counsel Any person, other than a director, servant or employee of a party to proceedings, who acts in the proceedings on behalf of the party.
Designated contract A contract for the supply of goods or services that has been or is proposed to be awarded by a government institution and that is designated or of a class of contracts designated, by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Procurement Inquiry Regulations.
Express option Generally, procurement complaint proceedings before the Tribunal are completed within 90 calendar days. However, at the request of the parties, such proceedings can be accelerated for completion within 45 days.
Government institution Any department or ministry of state of the Government of Canada, or any other body or office, that is designated by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Procurement Inquiry Regulations.
Government Institution Report Within 25 days of receiving notification that a complaint has been accepted for inquiry by the Tribunal, the government institution responds by filing a Government Institution Report (GIR) with the Tribunal, including a statement which fully responds to all the issues forming the basis of the complaint.
Hearing by way of written submissions A hearing held by the exchange of documents, commonly known as a “file” hearing.
Interested party A potential supplier or any person who has a material and direct interest in any matter that is the subject of a complaint.
Intervener An interested party that has been granted leave of the Tribunal to intervene in any proceedings in relation to a complaint.
Party The complainant, the government institution or an intervener.
Potential supplier A bidder or prospective bidder on a designated contract.
Proceeding A complaint filed before the Tribunal by a potential supplier.
Reply submission Within seven days of being sent the GIR, the complainant and any interveners may provide the Tribunal with their comments. The complainant may, in the alternative, request that the Tribunal make its determination based on information already on file.
Send To transmit by hand, registered mail or electronic transmission in respect of a document, information or a notification.
Working day A day that is not a Saturday, a Sunday or a holiday.