Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

November 14, 2007 12:29 ET

Minister Fortier Announces Important Milestone in the Purchase of New Fleet of Medium Trucks

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2007) - The Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, announced today the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to acquire 800 Militarized Commercial Off-the-Shelf vehicles (MilCOTS) on behalf of the Department of National Defence. The release of this RFP is the result of an open, fair and transparent procurement process.

"Not only is Canada's government committed to acquiring much needed equipment for the honourable men and women of the Canadian Forces", said Minister Fortier, "we are committed to ensuring that we achieve best possible value for Canadian taxpayer dollars."

The Department of National Defence's current fleet of over 2,700 medium-sized military trucks was purchased in the early 1980s. The age of the fleet has resulted in rising maintenance costs and the fleet is quickly reaching the end of its serviceable life.

"The Canadian Forces need the right trucks to do the job and making sure they have the best available equipment continues to be a priority for this government," said the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "This investment will provide increased capability, a more robust fleet and reduce maintenance costs for the Canadian Forces."

The release of this RFP follows the release of a draft RFP wherein suppliers had the opportunity to review and comment upon the government's requirements and the project's mandatory criteria. The final RFP reflects this feedback from industry.

As part of the RFP, the successful supplier will be required to include contractual obligations for the provision of Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB), equal to 100% of the contract value.

The Government expects to award a contract for these trucks by fall 2008 and it will provide the option of purchasing an additional 500 vehicles. Delivery of the first trucks is scheduled for the summer of 2009.

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