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Procurement Inquiries

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) is responsible for safeguarding the integrity of the Government of Canada’s procurement processes. The Tribunal has the authority to inquire into complaints by potential suppliers of goods or services to the federal government relating to designated contracts valued in excess of prescribed monetary thresholds. The Tribunal decides whether the federal government broke its procurement obligations under certain trade agreements to which Canada is party. This means that the Tribunal considers issues such as whether bids were evaluated fairly and according to the stated terms of the procurement process itself. The Tribunal may recommend remedies and award costs. In addition, the Tribunal has the authority to write to the senior management of federal government institutions to bring to their attention important observations about their procurement processes in general. For more information, see the Procurement Review Process: A Descriptive Guide.